I flipped on TLC's new reality show focusing on Leah Remini ready for a
family reality show that didn't give me a headache or resemble the Kardashians
whatsoever. Unfortunately, It's All
Relative turned out to be relatively corny and seemingly staged. Leah started out the pilot episode by telling her audience that we would soon find out that her family was loud and annoying, and I would say that she warned us sufficiently.
The first couple minutes, I actually thought I might enjoy the show. Leah's husband, Angelo, is fairly charming, and I have to admit that their daughter, Sofia, is cute. However, Leah's mother, Vicki, came off as a complete smart-alec in her first second on camera, and her pronunciation was annoyingly bad. The nanny, Trish, seems to have a very strange crush on Angelo, and it kind of freaked me out.
The episode was filled with awkward comments and waiting for laughter
that, believe me, was never coming. Also, the family addressed the fact that they recently left the Scientology Church, which is a very heavy topic considering their friends are now shunning them. To me, it just seemed extremely out of place in a show that promised laughs. Sometimes, Leah was the only one reacting to her jokes; her husband wasn't even offering a pity laugh.
Leah claims, "You couldn't write this," but I would beg to differ. Someone wrote 22 Jump Street, and the events in that movie were much more outrageous than that of Leah's new show.
The first episode was complete with a guest appearance from pro-dancer Cheryl
Burke, a huge party, and many, many arguments. All that doesn't randomly happen within three days. Please, try to tell me that jumping into the pool fully-clothed is not staged. Please. Then, they used "cray-cray," which in my mother's words, is so 2011.
I would like to add that the pet names used throughout the first two episodes were also sickening. "Baby," "Honey," and "Sweetheart" were so over used that I was slightly uncomfortable. Speaking of uncomfortable, Leah and her sister, Shannon, had an extremely strange conversation about their relationships in the middle of an episode.
Leah's stepfather, George, seems to be reading out of a script as well. As he and Angelo were playing golf, he got freaked out by a plane overhead saying that it was a government spy plane. I would really like to know if he genuinely thought that or if the line was fed to him in an attempt to get a
reaction. Either way, I was not laughing.
I will admit that the family is a little more functional than those of shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Tia & Tamara. At least they were bickering while laughing and not accusing each other of being horrible people. Plus, the reactions on Twitter are very, very positive. If you want to see some, check the "Photos" tab.
My point is that It's All Relative depicted a slightly more bearable family than other shows do on modern television, but by the end of the hour, I was glad that I would never have to watch it again. If you think you can handle it, check out the pilot, and don't forget to tell me what you think about it. As always, happy kommenting :)
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