Published On: Jan 09 2014 01:36:53 PM CSTUpdated On: Jun 04 2015 10:39:37 AM CDT
The TLC series "19 Kids and Counting" remains in limbo while Josh Duggar's past acts of molestation as a teenager continue to make headlines. Repeats of the show, which follows the devout Duggar clan: parents Michelle and Jim Bob and their nine daughters and 10 sons, were pulled off the air by the network on May 26. More than a dozen advertisers have sought to distance themselves from the "19 Kids" franchise, even though the series is currently between seasons and not in production. Take a look at other controversial reality shows.
TLC canceled "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" in the fall of 2014 in the wake of the news that one of the show's main characters -- Mama June -- was dating a convicted child molester who sexually abused one of her relatives.
Alana Thompson or "Honey Boo Boo" was first featured on "Toddlers & Tiaras" before getting her own show which follows her family around their rural Georgia hometown. Many critics find the "backwoods" nature of the show condescending and are appalled by the family's lifestyle. TV Guide once said that the show "lowered the TV bar to new depths."
"Sister Wives" follows the life of a polygamist family, which includes patriarchKody Brown, his four wives, and their 17 children. Elizabeth Tenety of "The Washington Post" called the series "one part domestic drudgery, another part sensationalism."
This MTV reality show followed eight housemates while they lived, worked and partied at the Jersey Shore. Along with all the excessive drinking, promiscuity and tanning, the show received criticism from Italian American organizations because of the frequent use of the term "guido," which is a general ethnical slur term for Italian Americans and Italians.
"Keeping up with the Kardashians"
Despite being one of the E! network’s highest-rated shows, this show has sparked controversy simply because many don't think this business-savvy family is worth keeping up with. The Kardashians are worth millions, but the family's collective lack of discernible talent often leaves viewers asking themselves: "Why am I watching this again?"
"Toddlers and Tiaras"
The show focuses on behind-the-scenes tantrums and controversial onstage moments in the child pageant world, but many critics think the sexualization of young girls is totally inappropriate.
Showcasing the lives of nine young adults in Charleston, West Virginia, Buckwild was harshly criticized by many, including West Virginia state leaders, who felt that the show was portraying their state in a negative light. In April, 2013, one of the case members passed away and MTV canceled the series.
"Are you hot? The search for America’s Sexiest People"
This show featured a panel of judges who evaluated each contestant on his or her physical attractiveness and was blasted by TV critics for being demeaning and lowbrow. The panel’s often-degrading comments turned off viewers and the series was eventually cancelled.
One of MTV's top reality shows is "Teen Mom," which has been running since 2011. The controversial show has been criticized for glamorizing teenage pregnancy and many of the stars have had real-life run-ins with the law.
"Preachers of L.A."
The Oxygen network show follows six men-of-the-cloth and their families around L.A. It's been criticized because it portrays the men's flashy lifestyles and extravagant wealth, which is atypical for traditional, religious men.
"Jon & Kate Plus 8"
The show featured Jon and Kate as they raised sextuplets and twins and was a major success for TLC. But the show and the kids became tabloid fodder as the couple decided to divorce and embarked on an ugly legal battle. The final seasons of the show were titled "Kate plus 8" and followed the divorced single mother’s attempts to raise the children on her own.