SmackAMack’s Blog

May 25, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus 8 Season 5 Premiere

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus 8 — smackamack @ 10:11 pm


Plot: Documentary-style reality show about a Pennsylvania husband, wife and each of their 8 extremely individualistic children.

jon-and-kate-plus-8A lot of people don’t understand why I like this show…and to be honest, I am not so sure either.  I think part of the reason why I like this show is because although it is hard to admit this seeming so many people don’t like her, I really connect with Kate, she reminds me a lot of myself…strong, independent, a bit bitchy, and intelligent.  

Anyway, since all the buzz around the tabloids of their crumbling marriage, I was really interested to see how the producers were going to handle the beginning of the show.  All I can say is, wow.  They out did themselves.  It was one of the best hours of reality tv I have seen in a long time because…it was real.  Unfortunately, the show has changed dramatically since the previous seasons and the tension and hatred between Jon and Kate is obvious.  It is heart breaking and sad to watch a family crack under pressure.  

Willow Street PicturesWhat people fail to realize is that this is their lives at stake…although most people will argue that they should just quit the show, they have to realize that A. the press will not disappear, B. the money will slowly run out, and C. you cannot simply turn off a camera and fix your life…this will take a lot of work.  My honest opinion is that they will not last.  Kate is very committed to keeping her family together, but you can see all over Jons face that he is absolutely miserable and feels trapped.  I would usually never recommend for a family to stay together for the kids, however, when you have 8 children, the circumstances change…I do hope they pull through this, but I think it is doubtful.  

It is hard for me to explain everything I want to say, all I can suggest is that people do check out this episode…I really felt for the first time we as an audience finally began to understand these people not as TV personnel, but as people.


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