TV Review: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” – Boooooo!

Written by Guest August 24, 2012

A True American Horror Story

Spin-offs are a staple in the television medium. Shows like “Frasier”, “Boston Legal” and “Angel” have often highly praised along with their source material and are regarded by some as being even better than the original. But what happens if the original show is itself horrifying? “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” shows this it is possible to take a show as a scary as “Toddlers & Tiaras” and make it even scarier.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is the latest reality show from TLC that makes you question the reality we live in. Like other spin offs, it is rooted from a “breakout” character. In this case it is Alana Thompson, better known as “Honey Boo Boo Child” and her family. Honey Boo Boo comes from the world of “Toddlers & Tiaras” which is centered on the world of child beauty pageants. The atmosphere of these pageants is creepy, and seeing the parents raise their daughters in a way in which appearance is valued over character is unsettling in today’s society. It takes “Little Miss Sunshine” a terrible step further.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” looks at the Thompson family as they live an existence that is so cliche to the poor Southern-American stereotype that you hope that it is scripted. Honey Boo Boo’s mother, “Mama”, is the matriarch of the Boo Boo clan and she encourages her daughter to practice for and take part in these pageants. The focus seems to be less on the pageantry and more on the Thompsons attending the Redneck Games and Mama wondering why her family has a weight problem when all they seem to do is eat cheese ball puffs.

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All the questionable view points of “Little Miss Sunshine”, with none of the satire and double the horror.


Mama is definitely the breakout character of the spin-off. Honey Boo Boo became famous for her surprisingly loud personality for a six-year old, but Mama stands out as being a parent with questionable parenting methods. Taking a leaf from the “Jersey Shore” book of creating reality personas, every character has a nickname including “Sugar Bear”, “Chickadee” and “Chubbs” (the fifteen-year old with a weight problem). Unlike “Jersey Shore”, you do not feel better about yourself watching people do idiotic things, instead you want to call child support and get them out of there.


“A dolla makes me holla Honey Boo Boo”

Despite how awful of a show it is, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” does have some good moments. The family does love each other and you can tell that they mean well overall. TLC has mastered the editing of their reality shows, creating a good brisk pace and surprisingly engaging, although quesionable, plotting. Watching this show does not make the viewer want to actively root against the family, but they clearly need help of some sort and exploiting their life just feels wrong. This is the world of reality television though, where excess is success and anything normal is just not worth watching.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is immoral, scary, but not soulless. Unfortunately the immorality and horror outweigh any other merits the show could potentially have. It is the very definition of a guilty pleasure show that you would leave on in the background. It is entertaining to watch, but the subjects are in such clear need of help that it will just make you feel sad that such a show exists.

My Rating: 3/10

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