June 8th, 2009
06:54 PM ET
Tonight marks the 100th episode of Jon and Kate Plus Eight. Believe it or not, I’ve seen almost every episode! What originally attracted me to the show was how relatable the family was. During a time when the airwaves were filled with “Reality TV” drivel, this was a show about real people with real problems. By now all of you know the story: Jon and Kate Gosselin fell in love, got married and ended up with 8 kids in 4 years.
In the beginning it was interesting to watch Jon and Kate figure out how to do simple everyday things with all of the kids. How do you get 8 kids up, dressed, and fed? How do you go food shopping for a family of ten or take a family of ten on vacation on a budget? It was refreshing.
Then things started to change. The show that had been so reality based seemed to shift- subtly at first and then in more obvious ways. I remember thinking it was odd that they could suddenly afford trips that they hadn’t been able to in the past. But then I noticed the lingering camera shots of entrances of hotels, began listening to Kate rave about her favorite spa as we saw her being pampered and watched Jon and Kate get matching teeth whitening services. I felt like the show I had loved was slipping away and being replaced with one long commercial with really cute kids thrown in. The penultimate episode that was the special where Jon and Kate renewed their vows. What should have been a touching celebration was awkwardly punctuated by extreme product placement.
There has been a lot of speculation that the problems that Jon and Kate are facing have to do with their instant fame. Jon himself has admitted that he is uncomfortable with it. But then one has to wonder, why not walk away?
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