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10 TV Shows You Love To Hate-Watch, If You're Anything Like Us

Can't live with 'em, but can't live without 'em.

We all do it. You know, that thing. 

You're flipping through the channels and land on a TV show you would never, ever watch. "Oh, my God, who even watches this crap?!" you think, as you slowly get sucked into the drama/hysteria/insanity that unfolds. 

(Five hours later ... )

"Oh, my God, this show is addicting!" you think, as you decide whether to watch just one more episode. (Of course, you go for it.)

The hate-watch. It's real, folks.

These are the HuffPost Entertainment editors' favorite shows to hate, but secretly obsess over: 

  • "Say Yes to the Dress"
    Few things grind my gears like helplessly watching other women succumb to the insanely expensive pressures of the wedding ind
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    Few things grind my gears like helplessly watching other women succumb to the insanely expensive pressures of the wedding industrial complex in a culture that has conditioned them to place such high value on a single day of celebration that they don't even question why they need to look like a buttercream cupcake smothered in tulle. Oh, but then I get to judge some gowns. So I watch. -- Sara Boboltz

    I love/hate-watch "Say Yes to the Dress" compulsively. It's sort of mind-numbingly boring -- every episode is basically the same, nothing particularly interesting ever EVER happens -- but that's also the reason it's so easy to keep watching: There's very little new stimulus or information being thrown at you. It's like a gentle murmur of background noise. But what really sets it apart from all the other mediocre reality TV shows out there, for me, is how it puts the gender binary and women's objectification on display in a mostly female space. We see how women talk about each other's bodies and problem areas, guide them to feel like they'll only look "beautiful" if they wear certain silhouettes or hide certain parts of themselves, and how emotionally they return to deep-seated patriarchal narratives like the symbolism of a white wedding dress or a veil or "feeling like a princess." When men join the entourage, the weight of the male gaze can become more pronounced (as when one possessive father insists on buying his daughter a wedding dress that looks just like her sweet 16 dress, preserving her youthful innocence in his mind), but it's hovering in every episode, reinforced by all of us.

    Also, I love looking at pretty, pretty dresses. -- Claire Fallon
  • "UnREAL"
    Unpopular opinion: I hate-love “UnREAL.” It’s not that the show is a guilty pleasure -- it’s wicked smart, actually -- it’s just that it’s so cynical about reality TV and the naiveté of its viewers. Still, I can’t get enough of it. -- Maddie Crum
  • "Sister Wives"
    I love to hate-watch "Sister Wives." I have never been more mesmerized by a show, ever. But the thing that was a hugely surpr
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    I love to hate-watch "Sister Wives." I have never been more mesmerized by a show, ever. But the thing that was a hugely surprising factor for me was how open-minded, honest and vulnerable all of the women are and the way they treat each other. The show (and obviously not the polygamist dude) would never explicitly admit this, but their whole set-up is a low-key matriarchy. He kind of just bumbles around and makes mistakes when all of the women just calmly fix things and run s**t (even their "businesses"). I am also amazed by all of their children and how they're growing up super well-adjusted but very agnostic and/or against the polygamist lifestyle. But then I stop myself and think about how wrong it is for TLC to exploit this family and lifestyle. -- Melissa Radzimski
  • "Vinyl"
    "Vinyl" is a show that features all the bands and artists that emblazon T-shirts and dorm room posters at Target. It is also a show that preaches the inherent lesson that music and content shouldn't follow an algorithm to success, that you should be able to inherently feel, man, when something is good. The show's protagonist, Richie Finestra, is constantly like, "rock 'n' roll, am I right?!" while snorting cocaine and making jokes about all the people who wished they could feel a fraction as alive as he feels. He yells, "F**k!" a lot. In handling none of those elements well, "Vinyl" is a mess and couldn't feel more out of place in our poptimism, health-obsessed, rock-is-dead era. But why I keep watching is the suspicion I'm the problem as a viewer. That over-the-top earnestness appears unbelievable because I can't imagine anyone having the energy to bounce around NYC these days when the subway rides would be long and the prices of food, alcohol and other entertainment too high. Watching from a bedroom far too deep into Brooklyn, as venues continue to close around me, the show serves as an escapism into the New York I originally thought I was moving to. Despite how godawful this show is, it still reminds me that I'd probably feel more if I got the f**k out of bed. -- Todd Van Luling
  • "Job or No Job"
    I knew watching "Job or No Job," a show on Freeform where millennials receive life-coaching while going on their first post-c
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    I knew watching "Job or No Job," a show on Freeform where millennials receive life-coaching while going on their first post-college interviews, would make me crazy -- so I watched the whole first season in about two days. I cringed at the life coach's tough-love platitudes, cringed harder when I saw the grads screw up their interview (though, I have to say, some of them seemed like genuinely nice and hardworking people) and just about self-combusted when one of the show's subjects asked herself something along the lines of, "Do I want a boss, or do I want to be the boss?" It reeked of the handheld I-am-special entitlement that millennials are often portrayed as having, when -- as someone of this age group -- most people I know IRL aren't walking stereotypes like this. -- Jill Capewell
  • "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"
    This is not a show I tune into often. I'm not the kind of person who sets my alarm for 9 p.m. on Sunday nights to watch "KUWT
    This is not a show I tune into often. I'm not the kind of person who sets my alarm for 9 p.m. on Sunday nights to watch "KUWTK" -- my Sundays are spent on HBO, of course. But, I will say, from time to time, as I'm browsing channels, I find that my finger stops to work when I hit E! and Kim K pops up on my TV screen. I don't know if it's the way the Kardashians eat salad or what, but once I watch five minutes of this show, I somehow stick around for five more hours. Why, God? WHY? -- Leigh Blickley
  • "Pretty Little Liars"
    At this point, I'm hate-watching "Pretty Little Liars."  I've never actually wished that a show I watch gets cancel
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    At this point, I'm hate-watching "Pretty Little Liars."  I've never actually wished that a show I watch gets canceled, but after six seasons of dead-end plots, red herrings and nonsense, I'm ready for it end. But I still can't look away. -- Stephanie Marcus
  • "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills"
    I have seen every episode of #RichKids multiple times. I don't know if it's the fact that it's always on E!, which I automatically turn on out of laziness, or that people actually live like that. Is it cringeworthy that I know every character's name and occupation (at least, for the ones that have jobs)? Possibly. But, I also now know how much a crocodile Birkin bag is worth and that could come in handy one day. -- Karli Bendlin
  • "The Millionaire Matchmaker"
    I love to hate-watch "Millionaire Matchmaker," which is mostly Patti Stanger yelling at millionaires like they're toddlers and telling women that they need to dress hotter or GTFO. Patti is sexist and rude and superficial (and so are the millionaires), but for some reason I can't seem to get enough. It's like a car wreck; you just can't look away. I also get some schadenfreude out of seeing millionaires struggle for the one thing they can't buy. (sound cue: "Can't Buy Me Love") -- Hayley Cuccinello
  • "Chrisley Knows Best"
    I am obsessed with the show "Chrisley Knows Best." Being Southern myself, I feel like I have a special, weird connection with
    I am obsessed with the show "Chrisley Knows Best." Being Southern myself, I feel like I have a special, weird connection with the family. Though the plot of each episode is clearly contrived, I'm in love with Todd's parenting advice, Savannah's beauty queen pageant journey and the family's blinding white teeth. I always feel like I should be doing something else when I'm watching the show (and my roommate and boyfriend don't understand why I watch), but I just can't stay away. Please adopt me and get me some shiny veneers, y'all! -- Carly Ledbetter
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