Life’s a (Bad) Tripp: Latest Palin reality series gets universally panned

When the nicest thing being said about your latest reality TV creation is that your family is finally, mercifully “played out,” that’s probably a bad sign. But that’s exactly what is playing out as critics pan Bristol Palin’s reality TV show, Life’s a Tripp, which debuted Tuesday night on Lifetime.

Bristol Show Panned

Apparently, even televising Bristol Palin’s well-documented verbal brawl with a bar patron (who later sued the newest Mama Grizzly) couldn’t save Life’s a Tripp from seemingly universal condemnation.

Even UK’s The Guardian deemed the first episode of the Palin family’s (second and, seemingly, last) reality TV program,”boring,” “uninteresting,” and “as monotonous as a tick-tac-toe tournament.”

Palin’s home state paper, The Anchorage Daily News, proclaimed the 21-year-old is “still craving the spotlight” and mocked the “pressure” of being a Palin.

“What’s ahead in future weeks? Bristol ordering off the kiddie menu at the Ivy for Tripp?” the publication reads.

But some of the most quote-able material came from the Chicago Sun-Times, which seemed to launch an avalanche of comparisons to another family that appears to flock to fame like moths to a flame.

“The series is supposed to illustrate Bristol’s journey into womanhood, but it feels like the show is a few years too early for that,” writes Lori Rackl. “It’s also supposed to portray how difficult it is to be a young, single mom. In that respect, the show’s too late. MTV has been there, done that — and done it much better with shows like Teen Mom, Sixteen and Pregnant and Caged.

What we’re left with are Bristol and Willow shopping, squabbling and engaging in vapid conversations. In other words, the Alaskan Kardashians.”

So as not to come off as the “lamestream” media — as Bristol’s famous mother often says — what did the über-conservatives on the right think about the show?

In this case, it appears that so-called libs and conservatives can agree that the show stinks.

The Washington Times (hard to get much more rah-rah conservative than this paper), recounts how at one point during an advance showing of the first few episodes, the 21-year-old says: “It’s really hard being a single mom. I think I’d be a lot more immature and carefree and careless if I didn’t have Tripp. He gives my life purpose and direction.”

The paper says, while a “nice message,” it “doesn’t quite ring true throughout the first two episodes of the show.”

“Everyday life with Bristol includes its fair share of manufactured drama, and through it all, Tripp seems to be a bit of an afterthought,” it goes on to say.

A real-life antidote to the yawn-worthy drama?

At least Bristol doesn’t have to manufacture the drama that ex-Disney star Kyle Massey and his brother, Christopher, are bringing.

TMZ is reporting the Masseys are suing over the docudrama, claiming that a producer named David McKenzie hijacked their idea for a fish-out-of-Wasilla/child-rearing reality show.

It’s the second lawsuit surrounding Bristol and the TV show in as many weeks, and it’s the first time people are actually claiming the idea for this seeming abomination.

The Masseys say they met Bristol while Kyle, too, was on Dancing with the Stars. During that time, Bristol-ogy 101 was born.

They say Palin bailed on the show and McKenzie swept in at the last minute, and they’re wanting moola to the tune of at least $500,000 (the amount they say they were guaranteed to star in the show) for their troubles.

Sounds like all the suits surrounding the show are more interesting than the series itself. Stay tuned.

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