18 Questions Raised By The Bravo TV Show NYC Prep

by anna on July 20, 2009

  1. Snotty rich kids from New York with lots of money and zero self-awareness, all wrapped up in a bitchy Bravo reality edit? What could possibly go wrong?
  2. Wait. Why isn’t this show good?
  3. Wait. You mean it’s hard to even sit through it?
  4. Wait. You mean there’s a limit to how much self-indulgent snottiness I can take from sixteen-year-olds on TV?
  5. Huh.
  6. I would’ve thought I could take more.
  7. Still–you live in New York City all by yourself? At 14? And your “parents” live in the Hamptons?
  8. Eyeliner, PC? Really? And it’s your contention that you’re straight?
  9. How many times did you watch Cruel Intentions before filming this show, PC?
  10. Isn’t it unethical–or something–to conduct a therapy session with an eyeliner-wearing 16-year-old boy on camera?
  11. If a lot of kids in New York “see a therapist, or a psychiatrist, or, you know, a pharmaceutocologist, or whatever,” do you think that they are all being filmed by camera crews whilst this is going on?
  12. How far away from peddling kiddie porn is Bravo’s national televising of a girls’ gymnastic freestyle dance floor routine, do you think?
  13. PC–”I don’t need that gorgeous girl with a great rack.” Yeah, that makes sense. Because you’re a teenage boy, so what would you do with one of those.
  14. Wait.
  15. Wait. You went to Mexico to visit a guy friend who was naked on your bed once?
  16. Wait. You don’t want to hook up with those girls because “they’re from Texas”?
  17. That’s all you’re going to say? Really?
  18. Wait, when is this show on again?

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{ 14 comments }

Kerry July 20, 2009 at 5:30 am

I was wondering if I should use this show to fill the void in my life left by the lack of Real Housewives episodes. Now I know.

My list is up.

Elizabeth July 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

I can’t help myself…this show is horrible and wrong and illustrates everything sorry about today’s society, but…I watch it anyway. I simply can’t stop myself!

List up!

PauvrePlume July 20, 2009 at 9:59 am

OK, so I’m pretty sure you already know that I watch way too much TV, reality and otherwise. But especially reality. So I was kind of stoked to see the previews for NYC Prep, even though I knew it would focus on a bunch of obnoxious heathens with a false sense of entitlement and a way-skewed moral compass. And absent parents. And I made it through the premiere episode, even though that blonde girl (I can’t remember the names – the one who’s really good friends with the dude who threw a water bottle at her) made me want to throw a Louboutin heel at the TV. (Note: I do not own a Louboutin heel. Or any heels. I’m with you on the stiletto rant, by the way. WTF?!) ANYWAY… my whole point with this is that I couldn’t stomach it enough to make it through the second episode. Which is pretty major for me, considering I admittedly watch a bunch of shows that I have no problem calling CR@P. But, I don’t know… something about the exploitation of teenage drinking/drug use/limitless allowance/lack of parenting made me feel the need to barf about every 5 minutes. I really like Gossip Girl. But at least I know it’s fiction. And at least SOME of the characters (the non-rich ones, generally) portray some smidge of ethical behavior.

OK, that rant just lasted way longer than I meant for it to, but… there you go.
:)

Ginger July 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

I couldn’t handle that show–those kids are all trying so hard, it was just too painful. But I will say, PC was hysterical to watch.

My list is up.

jenni July 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

what I hate so much about PC is that he THINKS he’s incredibly self aware but he is not self aware at all. and the eyeliner. and the emo hair cut. and how the hell does he have that much facial hair? the only boys in my high school that had that much facial hair were the career students.

Perpetua July 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Bravo has been a bit of a letdown lately. Miami Social? Unwatchable. The Fashion Show? Also unwatchable by most standards (though I did follow it because the baby keeps me tethered to the couch sometimes, and how much 16 and Pregnant can one person watch?). I was wondering the same thing about PC and the therapist. There’s no way she’s passed her ethics test. Also, I’m pretty sure she’s driving her “clients” to mania with the decor in that office. Yikes.

Alexis July 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm

This show was totally going to be one of my many guilty pleasures. While my mom and sisters love it, I was actually unable to sit through it and, well, I am so addicted to TV I will sit through almost anything! Ah Bravo, you make me feel so good…especially about how normal I must seem as compared to the people you so often feature.

Also have a list up…kind of pertains to city living, but not NYC and not designed for Bravo.

PauvrePlume July 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hey (again), Anna!
It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a list. I suck. So I’m kind of excited to finally have one again:
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It’s all about dicks. Umm, in the figurative, epithetic sense.
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abdpbt July 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

cool, you’re linked up, Pauvre Plume!

Ann July 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm

This show is so horrible, and I’m so embarrassed for these kids who think they are infinitely cool and mature. But I can’t look away. I cannot look away from this cacophony of painful self-consciousness. What le hell were the parents thinking? Oh! Sorry, they weren’t. Forgot that part.

Amber Warren July 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Wait. You mean I’ve been so wrapped up in SYTYCD that I’ve forgotten to pay attention to a new reality show? How new is it? Where have I been? Geez!

Tim G July 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

My wife had a Bravo addiction. Combine that with a DVR and now I am interested in Top Chef, Kathy Griffin, and Project Runway. But I can’t stand the Housewives from anywhere. I watch next to none of that. I live in ATL and I have no clue where folks like that even live here.
But this show is not even on her radar to watch. When it comes up on the list, she goes right past it. Your list confirms her instinct.

eliz July 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

First of all, my list is up.

And now, NYC Prep. I’ve been dying to discuss it but afraid to admit I’ve been watching. Word on the street is that the producers had a very hard time finding kids for the show. Most kids they approached said no way, and then they had trouble getting parents to sign the consent. The kids they did get are not from the top-tier schools. Dwight, PC’s school, is a bottom-of-the-barrel, kicked-out-everywhere-else school. And one of those girls attends public, too! A bunch of private schools even got wind of it and sent letters home to parents warning them not to get involved.

I think the proof that they had a hard time finding willing participants is that there is not one but TWO girls with lazy eyes on this show! Jessie’s is worse, but Camille’s got something going on there, too. PC’s definitely a closet case. And I wonder how hard and long they looked to find an actual Upper East Sider named Sebastian. They must have thought they hit the lottery on that one. Too bad he’s a dud.

I also read that the girl who’s parents abandoned her for the Hamptons (is it Kelli?) actually lives with a real adult (a relative of some sort). And the real truth is that the family lives in the Hamptons – like, year ’round lives there, the whole family, and they have for years, it’s not a weekend home – but at some point Kelli decided she wanted to go to high school in the city, so the apartment was procured.

Jessie is way too plain-looking for a career in fashion, and I’m afraid she’s setting herself up for a young adulthood full of pain, chasing after boys who later announce they’re gay.

Love_bites July 21, 2009 at 8:37 am

I kind of like them. I found Camille, and her inability to engage the boy she went on a date with (Dave?) in any form of conversation at all–very interesting. It made me wonder how many women there are out there who believe they are princesses who should be wooed and entertained by men, and and if that explains the glut of single princesses in NYC.

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