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Here are 22 Reality TV Shows to Enhance Your Drama-Free Life

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Reality TV is seriously our generation’s version of la telenovela, but it’s so much juicer because its “real life.” These shows will get you through the end of Mercury in retrograde (April 15), so hole up this weekend, and be grateful to not be involved in this drama.

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1. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami”

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“Love & Hip Hop” has a special place in my heart for bringing us stars like Amara La Negra, Cardi B. and all the spin-off shows in between. Pick a “Love & Hip Hop,” any “Love & Hip Hop” and let the drama become one with you.

2. FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

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If you and your tias aren’t already betting on whose going to win and swearing to boycott the show almost every week they send someone home, then please introduce this show to your family traditions. It’s got all of America’s favorites: inspiring stories, moves like JLo, and even lyrical dancing to Maya Angelou.

3. Netflix’s “Girls Incarcerated”

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Netflix killed it with this one. It’s the kind of reality TV that will break your heart and mend it all over again. This docu-type series peers into the lives of the young women, almost exclusively POC, at the best girls’ detention facility in the country.

4. NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”

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LMFAO, JK. Would you have ever guessed America would vote for this host to be president? Well, we didn’t because he lost the popular vote, but the world is in flames, so who’s counting.

5. The Food Networks’ “Worst Celebrity Cooks”

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This one is premiering this weekend with Latoya Jackson and you know I’ll be eating my perfectly simmered rice & beans with evenly fried plantains.

6. National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan”

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While this show ended back in 2012, it’s still streaming on Hulu and still not helping me train my yappy dogs. This show just confirms my abuela’s suspicions that Cesar Milan is St. Francis reincarnate performing milagros on reality TV. De acuerdo, Nana.

7. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

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Every time a Latino celebrity makes the show, I start doing my TD dance, because you already know whose going to slay this season. #TheseHipsDontLie

8. E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

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They are America’s new Kennedy fam, and tbh I’m here for a family of color full of female entrepreneurs living their best lives. Watch KIUTK to stay in the innerworkings of someone else’s family drama or be like me and just get your news from the inevitable memes.

9. The Discovery Channel’s “The Last Alaskans”

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Guys, this show is ~bananas~ for real, and these two are my couple dynamic goals. Just fast forward through the hunting scenes and watch these families survive in the remote tundra of Alaska.

10. mitú and go90’s “High Cuisine”

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Shameless self-promotion, but really this show is for you, our high supporters of vegan cuisine. Two chefs will battle head-to-head in a “high” stakes cooking challenge, where they must create vegan dishes for celebrity judges while high out of their minds. For real.

11. VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: New York”

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It’s the show that brought Cardi B. to our living rooms for the first time, and we’re not letting it out of our sight. God bless #LHHNY forever and ever, ámen.

12. FOX’s “Master Chef Junior”

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Nobody’s got time for all these British white dudes with superiority complexes, BUT, throw in some adorable masterful kiddos and bro is cool as a cucumber. Let the memes flourish from this one.

13. E!’s “Christina Milian Turned Up”

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Ever wondered what happened to Christina Milan? Now you don’t have to! She’s letting us in on her whoooole life on “Christina Milan Turned Up.” But first, watch Be Cool to see her perform with Steven Tyler.

14. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

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The  women in this show are ? e v e r y t h i n g ?. Look out for Joseline Hernandez reppin’ all the bisexual boricuas out there and looking bae af.

15. VH1’s “Teyana & Iman”

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This is a brand new reality show that is #relationshipgoals af. Afro-Trinidadian Teyana Taylor is a famous choreographer (think Beyonce and Chris Brown famous) and her hubbie, Iman is a baller. Watch them sass each other, love each other, and nurture their baby girl, Junie, and try to hold it together for the week between each episode.

16. Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid”

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AHHH, this show is freakin’ savage. Premise: release one man & one woman, both strangers to each other, butt-ass naked in a random remote wilderness and see if they can survive three weeks out there. But watch from the comfort of your own home. #key 😉

17. Netflix’s “Queer Eye”

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To recover from “Naked and Afraid,” this Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will make you feel sparkly and new. Set aside time for the inevitable hours you’ll want to spend organizing your house, journalling, and food prepping. This show seriously had me crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time.

18. NBC’s “The Voice”

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Because talent competition shows are truly life. The drama is usually something inspiring, and so are their voices. Oh, and this is a show where the popular vote actually counts. 🙂 #VoteLatino

19. VH1’s “America’s Next Top Model”

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A show that needs no description. You can binge watch a decade and half of this show, still airing, on Hulu. Beware of disordered eating, however, and have “Real Women Have Curves” at the ready if you start comparing your sexy Latina body to anyone else’s. You beautiful, boo.

20. VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Seriously, no description needed here. You’ve essentially already seen this show parceled into memes, but watching it in one fell stream is life-giving and empowering. Latinas like Carmen Carrera have competed on this show to go on to model for major brands and give trans people more visibility.

21. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami”

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Escape to a tropical, fiery place with (I can’t censor the feminist in me) problematic stereotypes of “Spicy Latinas,” and then watch “Jane the Virgin” to balance your internal scales. TBH, we need both to stay balanced.

22. VH1’s “Lala’s Full Court Life”

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I seriously browsed past this show so many times because I thought it was a reality show in courtrooms. Nope, follow Latina Lala Anthony’s life as a mother, wife of a basketball star, and reality TV star in her own right.

Let’s take a moment to be grateful you can go to the grocery store in your pajamas because that’s the only way we want to participate in reality TV.

Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Since news of the college bribery admissions scandal broke back in March, fans of drama have watched as former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin fell frame the graces of her fans and daughters. Tabloids have closely kept us abreast on just how much or little contact Loughlin and her daughters in particular have had with eachother enough to make it all seem a bit like a telenovela. That is, a telenovela that prompts all kinds of questions when any main character’s family has a falling out. 
 
And yet, over the weekend, an Instagram post is providing that there’s nothing like a good ‘ol birthday post and a chance to post a cute #Throwback to prove that public disgrace can be fickle.

The embattled Full House actress, also known as Aunt Becky, turned 55 on Sunday and her daughters broke their social media silence to wish their mother a happy birthday. 

Since news broke earlier this year that she and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were among dozens of parents involved in a college admissions cheating scandal, they’ve been keeping a low profile. Loughlin and Giannuli have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying up $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of California. Each charge could lead to up to 20 years in prison. 

Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade took to Instagram to wish Loughlin a happy birthday, captioning the photo, “one day late. happy birthday. i love you so much ❤️” 

Jade, who reportedly felt “resentful” toward her parents for their involvement in the college admission scandal, also suffered backlash because of the scandal. The YouTube beauty vlogger and social media influencer not only lost fans and followers, but she also lost many brand partnerships as well. Brands like Sephora and Lulus cut ties with her immediately following the scandal. 

It was also reported earlier this month that Loughlin and her daughters weren’t on the best terms post-college admissions scandal but were working on it.  “Olivia was angry with her parents at first but now realizes that they were just trying to do what’s best for her, a source told Us Weekly. “Olivia loves her mom and dad very much but is especially close to Lori.” 

Loughlin’s other daughter, Bella Giannulli, also shared a sweet photo of the two and captioned her photo, “happy birthday mama. I love you ❤️”

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Looks like Loughlin is getting a lot of birthday lovin’ despite what the headlines have said about her earlier this year.

In fact, even fellow Full House and Fuller House co-star Candace Cameron Bure, who’s been supportive of Loughlin during this scandalous time, commented on Bella’s post and wrote, “😘💕😘💕 Happy birthday to your mama!!!!!!!” 

Fans and close friends alike have also taken to Twitter to wish Aunt Becky the happiest of birthdays. 

“Happy Birthday to my forever friend with a heart of gold. Love you!,” writes Erin Krakow, who starred alongside Loughlin in the Lifetime series When Calls the Heart, in her caption. She shared the same photo on Twitter and the replies were a mix of negative and positive comments–no surprise there, tbh. 

Fans on Twitter pointed out that supporting your friends through the good times and the bad times (or the times when you’re caught bribing your kids into college) isn’t “easy, but [it’s] truly important.” 

They’re all sweet photos and posts, but they di beg the question of how much time must pass for the court of public opinion to forget its grievances against a problematic person. After all, for her part in the scandal, Loughlin wittingly affected the futures and college education attendance of thousands of college applicants, many of who had never and may never experience even a touch of the privilege her daughters did.

Others responded to the actress asking her to pass on their words of encouragement to Loughlin and sharing that they “miss her terribly.”

“I’m praying for you,” one Twitter fan wrote. Don’t worry guys, she’ll be fine. 

A fan shared a sweet post about Loughlin’s impact on her life and how 55 has never looked so good (on that, we can agree on).

“lori you have been my role model for quite some time, most of my life. i grew up watching you and i first fell in love with you and your character aunt becky,” the fan wrote in a series of tweets. 

More fans continued to rally behind her good friend Lifetime co-star, calling her a “faithful friend,” and wishing Loughlin the best at 55.

“Wishing Lori the very best in the next year! Missing you!,” @MargieTomaszew2 wrote in her tweet. Damn, fans REALLY miss her. 

Another fan advised Loughlin to not let the comments by “haters bring you down.”

“When we are at our lowest we find out who our true friends are. Happy Birthday, Lori!,” she continued in her tweet. Yeah, don’t let comments by the “haters” aka people who actually had to work their way to get into college bring you down, Loughlin. 

Again, more fans kept telling Loughlin just how much they missed her on her birthday.

“Happy Birthday Lori. It’s unfair, we miss you so much,” wrote on Twitter fan. Do you know what’s also unfair? Well, you already know what we’re going to say…

Despite the aftermath of the college admissions scandal, Aunt Becky still low-key celebrated her birthday and some fans won’t let her have even that. 

I mean, the gif says it all really. The resemblance to Piper is also uncanny. 

People reported that on Loughlin’s birthday, the Fuller House actress and her husband “were spotted in Los Angeles on their way to an early morning service at the Church of the Good Sheperd in Beverly Hills.” After the service, Loughlin reportedly hosted an intimate birthday celebration with her husband, daughters, and a few other friends. 

Loughlin and her husband are scheduled to next appear in court on August 27. 

SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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On June 13 2019, HBO premiered “Los Espookys,” it’s Spanish-language horror comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen. Needless to say, we were immediate fans. Between the subtly hilarious script and its impeccable delivery, the series proved from episode one that it’s worth the watch. Don’t even get us started on how much we love the horror elements we’ve seen so far.

The second episode of “Los Espookys” is just as addictive and entertaining as the first. Titled “El Espanto de la Herencia,” the episode is so good, it demands a recap.

Here are some of the most spooky and most hysterical parts of “Los Espookys” episode two.

Last week, we met Renaldo, Úrsula, Tati and Andrés, four friends bonded by their love of horror.

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The gang was encouraged by Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico, to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Calling themselves Los Espookys, they were approached by a mysterious woman who wants to use their terrifying talents. With this in mind, it’s time to brainstorm how they’ll approach this next job.

However, before we can check in with Los Espookys, the series introduces us to the US Ambassador.

Horror DNA

Her name is US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons and she’s received an important letter. The letter — which is in Spanish, not coded as she first suspects — informs her that her friend Ignacio Ferracuti has died. However, he’s left his 18.9 billion peso fortune to whoever can survive a night in his haunted mansion.

To borrow Ambassador Gibbons words, “Okay, twist!” She’s been chosen as one of five strangers to compete for his fortune. It’s all very exciting for her.

Similarily, Los Espookys are excited for this upcoming challenge.

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We finally get to see to the official Los Espookys headquarters — which happens to be Renaldo’s garage. While Andrés pushes for avant-garde and challanging tricks, Renaldo wants to stick to the basics. Úrsula just wants confirmation that they’re going to be paid.

Meanwhile, back in LA, Tio Tico is in an unusual situation.

Horror DNA

Following last week’s encounter at a major celebrity party, Tico has been mistaken for an elusive artist. Due to this mix-up, he’s been roped into speaking at an art panel. The whole thing has snowballed and Tio Tico is just along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Andrés is finding it hard to balance his life as Prince of Chocolate and his spooky calling.

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Being the heir to a chocolate fortune is hard. As his boyfriend reminds him, Andrés has duties he needs to commit to or else he will be removed as heir. However, the curious man is preoccupied with uncovering the mystery of his birth and his new side gig. What is a Chocolate Prince to do?

Finally, it’s the big night!

Horror DNA

Too bad Renaldo has been ditched by the other members of Los Espookys. Andrés, Úrsula y Tati have all shown up last minute, leaving Renaldo to set up. What’s worse, nobody hired the actors they need so Renaldo has to step in as the creepy butler. Let’s just say, the role is out of his range.

Still, the goal of the haunted house is to get rid of one contestant in particular. The Mysterious Woman announces to Los Espookys that Sr. Ferracuti’s son is a contestant and must not win. However, he seems impossible to shake with the frankly unimpressive scares.

Los Espookys are in a funk and they need some serious rallying.

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Andrés is obsessed with the dead ends he keeps getting in his search for his origin. Úrsula is obsessed with getting paid. Tati is obsessed with Snap Chatting her shady internet boyfriend.

Renaldo is about to give up but some unexpectedly good advise from Tati inspires him. After a rallying call from Renaldo, Los Espookys are back. They’re going to pull off the scariest trick they can.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but the episode wraps up with the possibility of more jobs in their future.

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Will Tati continue her internet relationship? Will Andrés learn the origins of his birth? What sort of adventure will Los Spookys get into next week? We’ll have to watch to find out.

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