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November 10, 2009: Table for 12

by Mindy Monez November 10, 2009 10:50 am
November 10, 2009: <i>Table for 12</i> Table for 12 has been off the air (with new episodes, anyway) since September, but now that TLC is no longer the network of Gosselins, they're pinning their hopes on Table for 12, which returns tonight. It's an interesting tack to take -- if you've watched the show, you've undoubtedly noticed that the Hayes family is the polar opposite of the Gosselins. The mom and dad actually like each other, the family all gets along, no one vomits on cue because they're so stressed out by their family life they can't control their gag reflexes, etc. It's really an entirely different viewing experience, and while I for one have honestly fallen in love with the family despite my icy black heart, I don't know how interesting this is going to be over the years.

Yes, much of the appeal of Jon & Kate was how funny the kids were, but you can't deny that it became a phenomenon because the parents were awful, hateful people, and that's some fun shit to watch. There isn't any tension here, and aside from the decision to go ahead and have far too many children, there's not much to criticize about this family. The kids are all considerate, chess-playing, jazz-loving sweethearts who help out around the house and are loving and patient with their developmentally disabled little sister, and it's clearly because their parents are saints. So... you see what I mean? They are better people than I will ever be, but I watch reality television to feel superior, and so do you. I don't see much of a future for the show, but it's probably good for me to have something pleasant to watch during V commercial breaks I guess.

Table for 12 has two brand new, back-to-back episodes on TLC tonight at 8 and 8:30 PM. But there are literally one million things on on Tuesdays, so if you want to judge somebody, look to our Week in Preview for available alternatives.

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