'Bad Girls Club': Well, they got the 'bad' part right ...

Badgirlsclub_lCall it "television for trashy women." Seems the growing popularity of Bad Girls Club has made January one for the record books at Oxygen. The third season of the "reality" show — which basically just puts a bunch of, shall we say, young ladies with challenging personalities in a house together — boosted the women’s net to its best ratings ever among 18- to 34-year-old women. To this I say: Really? We’re talking about a show that basically goes: girls drink, girls make terrible decisions regarding inappropriate men, girls say really catty things about each other and fight, repeat. Points for honesty, I guess, given that most reality shows cover the same basic territory, even if they pretend to be about skill-based competitions (see Oxygen’s other ratings-booster, reruns of America’s Next Top Model) or, um, documentaries about a particular lifestyle (see The Girls Next Door).

MTV will be assaulting us with the similarly themed Girls of Hedsor Hall starting Feb. 9, in which, according to the press release, "12 of America‚Äôs rowdiest young women are shipped off to England to repair their bad ways," and VH1 has been doing it for a while with its Charm School (a distressingly watchable franchise). But even those questionable shows — along with The N’s strangely sweet bitch-rehab show from last summer, Queen Bees – come with varying degrees of "lessons," unlike Oxygen’s now-marquee hit. You know things are bad when you’re a downmarket and more shallow version of MTV and VH1 fluff. And what’s more worrisome is that now that Oxygen has found its defining hit — cable-network-marketing’s version of lightning in a bottle — it’s likely to spawn more of the same. I know it’s tough to get out of Lifetime’s schmaltz-soaked shadow, but the world of women’s TV could use more smarts — and fewer bad girls.

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  • Yes!

    This show is awesome. Please….there is no such thing as “educated” reality TV. Get off your high horse and enjoy this train wreck of a show!

  • Amy

    I’ll stay on my high horse, thanks, and enjoy “Mad Men,” “30 Rock,” “Bones” and other shows that treat women like people. Maybe your life is such a wasteland that you have time to throw away watching “train wrecks,” but mine isn’t. I love good TV and think it’s wonderful entertainment, but man, I wish they made more of it, particularly for women.

  • Mr Kitty’s Mom

    Girls of Hedsor Hall is going to be a cheap rip off of Ladette to Lady on the Sundance Channel….and it can never show as much or be as rowdy.

  • Michael


  • Allie

    THIS SHOW IS TERRIBLE!!! I love it :) The first season was the best though b/c the girls were doing “bad” things together and not divided at each others throats (for the most part: RIPSY) But judging from the first two seasons the girls who make it to the end actually learn a little bit and change for the better.

  • leflem


  • leflem

    Hey Amy, it is possible to enjoy both good TV and trash. So please get off your high horse.

  • Tyler Durden

    Girls Of Hedsor Hall is based on the British show Ladette To Lady NOT Bad Girls Club. Do your research.

  • johnny

    Good for you Amy. It’s refreshing to see women who watch intelligently written shows with good parts for women. Please stay on your high horse.
    Why do people watch this kind of shallow programming? I don’t see the entertainment value in it. Yet so many women watch this show, and other trashy shows like “Real Housewives of wherever”, “Girls Next Door”, or even “The Bachelor.” When will people stop watching drivel like this and get back into quality TV, like some of the shows Amy mentioned. And if you need a reality fix, how about shows that actually showcase people with REAL talent like “Project Runway” or “Top Chef” (and sorry but the girls in “America’s Next Top Model” have no real talent).
    And the fact that this show comes on Oxygen is even more ridiculous. Oxygen is a women’s network. They should put more money into programs with smart women. Does Oxygen think theyre doing women a favor by airing a show like this and making it its marquee hit? Just shows you how stupid women can be.

  • Miss B

    Kudos to Amy and other women who choose to watch [relatively] intelligent shows that affirm women. Personally, I won’t be gawking at this train wreck, because that’s not the sort of behavior I want to endorse.

  • wakefore

    There are no shortage of stupid girls in the world. This should keep the reality shows in business for many, many years. Sugar and spice and everything nice they ain’t.

  • John

    Amy, I’m with you. I went from an executive position in NYC to a retail job in the burbs. I don’t want to offend anyone who works in retail, or suggest that I’m ‘above’ it. I always knew there was a market for this trash. But working with the public, I didn’t realize that 99% of America is this stupid. That’s why this show is a ratings bonanza and 4 people watch Mad Men.

  • mohemmad

    my name is mohemmad

  • hassan111

    Why do people watch this kind of shallow programming? I don’t see the entertainment value in it. Yet so many women watch this show, and other trashy shows like “Real Housewives of wherever”

  • emsluvssic

    hey everyone is out to make a buck and thats what the girls on that show are doing everyone needs to get paid

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