I have to be honest, I was annoyed with Summer House before I saw any of it. I wasn’t here for Bravo’s attempt to trick me into watching by not-so-subtly having the Wirkus twins show up at SUR to have lunch with Stassi Schroeder during Vanderpump Rules. It felt a little contrived. Nevertheless, when they previewed Summer House during another Pump Rules episode, I fell for the trick full force and loved the show. I didn’t want to love it, but I actually did and I think you should give it a chance as well.
First off, if you’re anything like me i.e. someone who watches every show on Bravo, then you’ll just end up viewing this one anyway. So why delay that and end up binge watching when you can just get into it straight out of the gate? If that’s not enough to convince you, I have some other reasons.
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1. The Cast Members Are Actually Friends
I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s so awkward to watch reality TV shows where the cast members just met and are only hanging out due to contractual obligations. I love that these people have years of history sharing summer houses together. We don’t have to watch them just getting to know each other and we can jump right into the action.
2. They Have Real Jobs
I love that the Summer House crew isn’t full of people who strive to post about hair vitamins and detox tea on Instagram. They have actual 9 to 5 jobs which is a lot more relatable than the Real Housewives who “run multiple businesses” or the Vanderpump Rules kids who expect us to believe that they all paid for their new apartments thanks to “waiting tables at SUR.”
3. They Party Hard
I feel a little dumb listing this is a reason to watch Summer House, but they really do drink a lot and I’m all about it. They either have a glass of wine in their hand or they’re pouring out their next one. And they already seem super comfortable in front of the cameras. There are no issues letting loose here. They’re really here for the turn up and I love it.
4. These People Are Friends With The Pump Rules Cast
I’m not looking for more crossover episodes. I actually have faith that Summer House can stand on its own, but I think the fact that these kids (young adults?) party with Stassi and her friends says a lot. If you love watching Vanderpump Rules, you’re going to be into Summer House. It really feel like a throwback to the pre-fame Pump Rules days.
5. None Of Them Are Famous Yet
The nice thing about new reality TV shows that aside from the fact there’s a camera crew following people around, they are just regular people- or they’re really as normal as they can be considering that someone found them interesting enough to serve as the subject members for a TV show. It’s refreshing to watch a show where the people are not yet corrupted by sponsored Instagram posts and an influx of Twitter followers.
6. There Is Always Something Going On
Unfortunately, a lot of reality shows have just a little bit of action followed up by a lot of lunches, meetups for drinks, and even dinner parties to discuss one interesting thing that occurred multiple episodes ago. Thanks to money, free flowing liquor, and a lack of inhibitions, this show moves from one plot point to the next at a great pace.
7. The Bromance Between Kyle & Everett
We don’t know too much about the cast (yet), but I’m already here for the bromantic relationship between Kyle Cooke and Everett Weston. They’re giving me everything I need in a reality TV bromance: they are always down to party, they say the most ridiculous quotable statements, and they have a strong love for each other that could never be taken away by a girlfriend or summer hookup. Not only that, but they are letting token new guy Carl Radke into the fold and I feel like there’s a lot of potential for entertaining TV there as well.
Trust me on this one, Summer House is the perfect escape from real life. It’s not ground-breaking by any means, but it’s an entertaining show that you need to check out.
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