There is nothing particularly new or innovative about “Vanderpump Rules,” the latest offering from reality TV titan Bravo.
But that hasn’t stopped me from watching every single episode.
There are impossibly beautiful people working menial jobs and still managing to take themselves really seriously.
There is back-stabbing. There is drama. There is crying.
There will be a multi-part reunion.
It is all very paint-by-numbers and yet, in spite of the well-trodden ground the series so often traverses, “Vanderpump Rules” remains the most embarrassingly addictive new reality show since “The Hills.”
Set at SUR, a West Hollywood, Calif., restaurant owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump, the show chronicles the lives of the restaurant’s waiters and bartenders, all of whom, as one might imagine, are aspiring actors, models or musicians.
It is worth mentioning you could probably use a Venn diagram to keep track of who has dated, lived with or slept with whom among the show’s cast members.
Most of the show’s drama centers around SUR’s queen bee and future trophy wife Stassi, who manages to walk the line between being a beautiful and damaged girl with an awful taste in men and a complete sociopath with a penchant for speaking in hyperviolent metaphors.
The show isn’t going to change your life but will give you and your friends plenty to talk about.
Besides, there are certainly worse ways you could spend your time. Like actually working at SUR.