Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica is now my favorite TV show.  I like it as much as, or more than, American Dreams.  (OK, so those are the only TV shows that I watch, but still.)

It’s a reality TV show, but it isn’t fake, like all the other reality TV shows.  (What’s real about some network giving some guy a million dollars and a bunch of women to choose from to have a relationship with?  Right: nothing.  The vast majority of reality TV shows are all based on some premise or situation that is fundamentally artificial.)

Newlyweds is about Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, who got married like 2 years ago now.  And it’s like the commercial says: If they were any cuter, they’d be puppies.  It’s true.  It’s so fun to watch, because they’re really cute together, and really funny with each other.

The only thing that I’d say could be considered anything like "fake" about it is the fact that they are obviously pretty wealthy, both being successful musicians.  So I think that to most of us, their unusually high degree of well-offness makes them a little different from us in some way.  But other than that, they are just normal people.  The comedy and drama that arises in the episodes is Seinfeld-esque, in that it’s largely the comedy and drama that arises from the events of everyday life.  And I think it’s that realness, combined with their puppy-like cuteness, that makes me like the show so much.

The second season starts this Wednesday, so all weekend MTV has been running re-runs of the first season (I had only seen it once or twice before this weekend).  They’re also running them through Wednesday of this week at various times, so if you want to catch up, you still can.  (And the re-runs aren’t really re-runs; it’s Nick and Jessica commenting on the episodes as they are shown, which adds interesting insight and is different than just watching the episodes alone.)

One thing that I thought was really neat is that in one episode, they show how Jessica is making a video for one of her songs.  In the video, she’s making out with this guy under a waterfall, and some other places... and the neat thing is, it’s her husband.  In real life.  And it turns out that the song is about the fact that she was a virgin until she married Nick, which is awesome for one thing, and it’s extremely unusual for any media outfit to show that in a positive light, let alone MTV.  So they definitely get a big word-up for that.  And in another episode, Jessica is cooking a meal, and she’s talking about how she decided to learn to cook for her husband because Nick had wanted her to be more womanly before he proposed to her.  I thought that too was neat, and admirable.

So basically, I really like this show, and I’m gonna go ahead and suggest that you check it out.

Posted by Anthony on 5 replies


01. Jan 19, 2004 at 12:32am by Anthony:

I forgot to say, one of the things that makes the show funny is that Jess was obviously pretty sheltered/spoiled growing up (though it often comes off as just her being ditzy/gullible... which come to think of it, could probably be defined in some cases as the condition of having been sheltered/spoiled growing up).  For instance, in the one episode there’s a big brouhaha as she learns that buffalo wings don’t actually come from buffalo.  I think that by 23, most people will have had occasion to realize that already.

02. Jan 20, 2004 at 11:52am by Patrick Copland:

Actually, MTV is the main reason I don’t have cable TV.  I only watch Smallville right now (it is a pretty decent show).  I will only get cable if I can block MTV (I have two daughters, 7 and 9).

That show doesn’t play on any networks, does it (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WB)?

03. Jan 20, 2004 at 02:38pm by Anthony:

I know what you mean about MTV... a lot of the programming is trash, if the commercials during Newlyweds are any indication.  And no, I don’t think they license any of their content to the networks.

04. Jan 21, 2004 at 03:07am by andy:

regardless who it is, mtv showing a "real life" show can only mean they probably twist everything as much as possible to make people as cute as what they seem on the screen.  plus, jessica simpson, despite being considered "hot" by most people I talk to on the net, is about as smart as a chunk of styrofoam.

mtv and "reality" shows are the whole reason i only use my tv to watch DVD’s and series episodes (mostly anime); network programming is worthless IMO.

05. Jan 21, 2004 at 04:27am by Anthony:

You won’t watch the show that chronicles her words and actions in her daily life, yet you know that she’s only as smart as a chunk of styrofoam??

Anyway, I said, her ditziness is part of what makes it entertaining.

And what is there to twist on a show that’s just filming people’s daily lives, in their real home and at their real jobs?  Of course they select the scenes to show, but that doesn’t make the events in those scenes any less real.  And they don’t exclusively show the "cute" events either; people of course want to see drama and arguments &c so they show all that, too.

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