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2010 Top Reality TV Huh? Moments

December 31, 2010 | 11:30 am


If you thumb your nose at reality TV, this list is not for you. But we can't possibly ignore television's thriving nonscripted genre, and frankly we don't want to. We love our crazy housewives, our lovelorn bachelors, and all the people who do insane things for $1 million. You will notice "Jersey Shore" is not in the list. That's because there were so many memorable huhs on MTV's biggest hit that we've given those crazy kids their own list.

1. Claire Champlin gets watermeloned in the face and keeps on trucking all the way to second place on "The Amazing Race." Does this really need further explanation?

2. Bristol Palin "dances" her way into the "Dancing with the Stars" finals. The red and blue fight of the year! Bigger than the November election.

3. Bachelor Jake stuns the nation by choosing Vienna on "The Bachelor," and then they both stun us even further when they break up and go on TV to explain why.

4. Allison Dubois, the real-life psychic that CBS' "Medium" is based on, appears on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and, with the help of an electronic cigarette and a few dozen drinks, manages to put the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" table-flipping dinner party to shame.

5. NaOnka and Purple Kelly quit in the same Tribal Council, with 11 days left in the game. This game is called "Survivor," ladies — not "Quitter." Thank God Jeff Probst never quits.

6. Sarah Palin kills a caribou on "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Then she is patted on the back by her father, "There you go!" Was this necessary?

7. On "Heroes v. Villains," Parvati Shallow pulls out two immunity idols and saves two women from elimination on "Survivor" and instead sends the adorable J.T. packing. The boldest move in "Survivor" history left us head-scratching in a good way. No wonder they keep inviting her back.

8. The stork apparently forgot to notify Phaedra Parks about when exactly she got pregnant. Maybe not. But, at least, that would make for a better excuse than what she was telling her fellow Atlanta "Housewives": that her baby was fully developed at seven months and that's why she was giving birth early. Uh ...  

9. The "Big Brother" brigade goes down. The braggy alliance is toppled. There is justice.

10. Kris Jenner slipped the wrong man in her family a male enhancement pill: her son, Rob Kardashian. It gave a whole new meaning to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." 

 — Maria Elena Fernandez and Yvonne Villarreal

Video: The watermelon incident in the first episode of "The Amazing Race." Credit: CBS.