My favorite guilty pleasure (as far as TV watching) is back. Yes, dear friends, it is time for Season 4 of Beauty and the Geek!
Hubby and I have been watching since season 2 (don't know HOW or WHY we missed season 1, it's a crime) and we can't stop. It is on Tuesdays at 8:00 on the CW channel (whatever the hell that means). We have a TiVo season pass for this must see show, so we usually watch it later in the evening sans commercials. I must say that this show seems to have more commercials than most, so having TiVo definitely helps the enjoyment factor.
The basic premise is that they take 9 geeky (read: brilliant but socially "slow") guys and 9 beautiful (read: hot looking with breast sizes that match their IQ's) girls and pair them up into couples. The 9 couples live together in a big house and each week they are asked to compete in challenges. They guys are often asked to learn as much as they can about pop culture or social skills or make overs etc and then they compete against each other. The girls are asked to learn about things like math, technology, star wars etc. and then they compete with each other. There is a female and a male winner each week. Each of the winners gets to pick a couple to send to the "challenge round" where they have to answer more questions about something that they studied that week. The loosing couple gets sent home.
My favorite geek for this season is Joshua (pictured at the left, click on the photo to see his full profile). He is sweet and cute and just seems to be very authentic. I don't have a favorite (or least favorite) beauty yet this season...stay tuned.
What really happens is that the guys transform (realistically, not magically) into much more confident and more socially adept men and the women (well, most of them anyway) learn that these guys are the real deal, not just superficial muscle heads like they are used to, and they learn that they actually CAN learn if they just put a little effort into it.
It's cute, it's fun, and there are some really great outcomes. It's not as intellectually challenging as PBS, but it usually hits the spot for a Tuesday night. Last week was the season premier, but they usually play last week's show before the new one. This year they have added a new twist. They are including a 10th couple where the guy is the "beauty" and the girl is the "geek." We'll see how this plays out!