The Only Way Is Essex (2010– )

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The Only Way Is Essex is a reality series which follows some people living in Essex, including a club promoter, a would-be model, a member of a girl band and two bar workers. Each episode features action filmed just a few days previously.

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 Voiceover (170 episodes, 2010-2015)
Jessica Wright ...
 Herself (164 episodes, 2010-2015)
James Argent ...
 Himself (160 episodes, 2010-2015)
Gemma Collins ...
 Herself (156 episodes, 2011-2015)
Chloe Sims ...
 Herself (150 episodes, 2011-2015)
Billie Faiers ...
 Herself (146 episodes, 2010-2015)
Lauren Pope ...
 Herself (145 episodes, 2010-2015)
Sam Faiers ...
 Herself (131 episodes, 2010-2014)
James Bennewith ...
 Himself (128 episodes, 2011-2015)
Mario Falcone ...
 Himself (128 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Herself (117 episodes, 2010-2015)
Bobby Cole Norris ...
 Himself (117 episodes, 2012-2015)
Ricky Rayment ...
 Himself (110 episodes, 2012-2015)
Joey Essex ...
 Himself (109 episodes, 2011-2013)
Lucy Mecklenburgh ...
 Herself (108 episodes, 2010-2013)
Tom Pearce ...
 Himself (105 episodes, 2012-2014)
Patricia Brooker ...
 Herself (101 episodes, 2010-2015)
Carol Wright ...
 Herself (98 episodes, 2011-2015)
Jasmin Walia ...
 Herself (79 episodes, 2010-2015)
Frankie Essex ...
 Herself (75 episodes, 2011-2015)
Ferne McCann ...
 Herself (74 episodes, 2013-2015)
James Lock ...
 Himself (70 episodes, 2013-2015)
Debbie Douglas ...
 Herself (69 episodes, 2011-2015)
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The Only Way Is Essex is a reality series which follows some people living in Essex, including a club promoter, a would-be model, a member of a girl band and two bar workers. Each episode features action filmed just a few days previously.

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Bad, I'll agree, but what more do you expect?
5 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Following the mould of MTV reality shows like "Jersey Shore" and "The Hills", "The Only Way is Essex" follows the supposed lives of a group of nouveau-riche twenty-somethings in Essex, adhering to the common stereotypes of the respective county - big yet tasteless houses, huge nightclubs and wild parties, tarty blondes coated in fake tan (with a token gay friend at their side), manly men who enjoy doing manly things, and of course, a no-nonsense grandmother who's fiercer than an RAF division. In a departure from a good number of British reality shows, the scenes are almost all evidently staged and cut, with a perfect level of soap-opera histrionics and bad acting thrown in for good measure. As such, the show comes across as a parade of cardboard cutouts devoid of any personality against a set of sterile backdrops.

It's little more than a piece of trash that makes everyone in Essex out to be superficial and stupid, but I have to question whether anyone thought it was going to be good in the first place. This type of programme hooks the viewer in its knowing awfulness; it's so appalling that it becomes morbidly engaging. To TV executives, this means good ratings and the chance to make money off a cheap franchise. Yes, it's depressing that shows such as "The Only Way is Essex" exist, but it's ultimately simply worth just ignoring.


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