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Guilty Pleasures: We Hate Ourselves for Loving...

Do the shows you look forward to most make you feel a little bit dirty inside? Here are some of the series we're watching now with equal parts love and shame

The L.A. Complex (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., The CW)
Why we feel guilty
It's a Canadian soap about a group of twentysomethings trying to break into showbiz. If you didn't stop reading after the words ''Canadian soap,'' thank you.
Why it's so good

From the producers of Degrassi, it's what The CW's Melrose Place reboot should have been — a darkly funny, often sordid serial about wannabes, including a gay rapper, a self-mutilating hunk, and a dancer who strips to pay the bills. —Kristen Baldwin

The Client List (Sundays, 10 p.m., Lifetime)
Why we feel guilty
It's like watching Jennifer Love Hewitt do a weekly Maxim photo shoot, only she's actually playing a mother forced to give happy-ending massages after her husband leaves her penniless.
Why it's so good

It's still TV for women, so this client list includes sexy, sensitive oil-riggers. Also, there's a mystery: When will J. Love's Riley get down and dirty with her hot, helpful brother-in-law (Colin Egglesfield)? —Mandi Bierly

Baggage (Wednesdays, 6 p.m.; Thursdays & Fridays, 6:30 p.m., GSN)
Why we feel guilty
It's a reality dating game show. Hosted by Jerry Springer. Let's start there.
Why it's so good

Because we wind up someplace even guiltier and gaudier, as contestants try not to turn off potential mates by revealing increasingly horrific secrets — I text during sex! I make jewelry out of my own teeth! — tucked inside appropriately sized suitcases. Baggage is all overshare, and I am under its spell. —Dan Snierson

The Dan Patrick Show (Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m., DirecTV)
Why we feel guilty
I'm fairly certain the syndicated sportscaster never intended to attract middle-aged moms to his sports-themed radio show, which tapes in a man cave.
Why it's so good

Patrick and his band of merry men have a way of making you long to be one of the boys when they chew the fat about Peyton Manning or that nutty McLovin (the in-house blogger, not the dude from Superbad).—Lynette Rice

Originally posted May 04, 2012 Published in issue #1206 May 11, 2012 Order article reprints
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