Matt HealeyTuesday,23 July 2013

The Snap:

I am very pleased that the entertainment industry has developed “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” No really, I am. Not that I have ever seen an episode. Nor that I ever plan on seeing an episode. It is that Honey Boo Boo fills a much needed void in U.S. television.

The Download:

That void was created when “Jersey Shore” went off the air. The departure of that program caused a noticeable increase in the average intelligence of U.S. TV programs. I think it went from an average IQ level of 8 to 9. While IQ’s are usually measured in at least 2 digits, this increase is still 12.5%! And that is real math!

I am not sure which is worse. Jersey Shore had such well-developed characters as “Snookie,” “J-Woww” and “The Situation.” Understanding the plots and sub-plots of their adventures required at least 5-10 shots of tequila before the program began. And likely a few more throughout the show if you had any hope of following the George R.R. Martinesque intrigue. The star of Honey Boo Boo is a child. So it might not be fair to compare her to the adults from Jersey Shore. After all, she has not had the advantage of years of schooling and experiences to help shape her views of complex world events. Like the concern that toddler beauty pageants lead to long term self esteem issues, or the disproportional number of child stars that have ended up in rehab (I’m looking at you Lindsy Lohan, Britney Spears, Cory Haim, Amanda Bynes, River Phoenix and Danny Bonaduce).

Regardless, the universe is back in balance and the IQ level of American TV has been returned to its proper level. If we are (un)lucky, Honey Boo Boo will stay on for a long time before the hard working executives at networks like TLC have to come up with another program on the intellectual level of “Jersey Shore” or “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

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