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The Only Way Is Essex 

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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Tony Wood, Ruth Wrigley
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Series cast summary:
Denise Van Outen ...  Voiceover 288 episodes, 2010-2018
Chloe Sims Chloe Sims ...  Herself 259 episodes, 2011-2018
James Bennewith James Bennewith ...  Himself 239 episodes, 2011-2018
James Argent James Argent ...  Himself 233 episodes, 2010-2018
Gemma Collins Gemma Collins ...  Herself 232 episodes, 2011-2018
Bobby Cole Norris Bobby Cole Norris ...  Himself 230 episodes, 2012-2018
Lauren Pope Lauren Pope ...  Herself 199 episodes, 2010-2018
Jessica Wright Jessica Wright ...  Herself 190 episodes, 2010-2016
Lydia Bright ...  Herself 188 episodes, 2010-2017
James Lock James Lock ...  Himself 185 episodes, 2013-2018
Billie Faiers Billie Faiers ...  Herself 179 episodes, 2010-2016
Georgia Kousoulou Georgia Kousoulou ...  Herself 166 episodes, 2014-2018
Mario Falcone Mario Falcone ...  Himself 153 episodes, 2011-2017
Carol Wright Carol Wright ...  Herself 152 episodes, 2011-2017
Tommy Mallet Tommy Mallet ...  Himself 139 episodes, 2014-2018
Sam Faiers Sam Faiers ...  Herself 131 episodes, 2010-2014
Debbie Douglas Debbie Douglas ...  Herself 130 episodes, 2011-2017
Dan Edgar Dan Edgar ...  Himself 129 episodes, 2015-2018
Chloe Lewis Chloe Lewis ...  Herself 119 episodes, 2015-2018
Patricia Brooker Patricia Brooker ...  Herself 118 episodes, 2010-2015
Danielle Armstrong ...  Herself 117 episodes, 2013-2017
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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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UK

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English

Release Date:

10 October 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Единственный путь - это Эссекс See more »

Filming Locations:

Essex, England, UK

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Amy Childs, Mario Falcone, Lauren Goodger, Gemma Collins and Lewis Bloor all appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. See more »

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Referenced in World Championship Snooker: 2015: Day 13, Part 1 (2015) See more »

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Bad, I'll agree, but what more do you expect?
5 January 2011 | by Foux_du_FafaSee 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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