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Reasons Not To Watch Made In Chelsea


Made in Chelsea: London’s answer to The Hills and the ‘classier’ version of The Only Way is Essex. We were all taken in by the glitz and the glam of London’s ‘elite’ when the show first debuted back in 2011, but the question is, why are we still watching it? The show is infamous for its ridiculously long awkward silences that make it glaringly obvious that the show is scripted and that the cast are terrible at acting. But we still come back for more.

Essentially, MIC follows the lives of an affluent bunch of young twenty-somethings who seem to lay idle for most of the day, talking about relationships and bitching about each other. Most of them met at school (the likes of Harrow, Eton, Radley, Downe House etc.) and it’s very much of a case of everyone knows everyone. The general vibe of the show has slipped into the realm of we’re-doing-absolutely-nothing-but-at-least-we-look-pretty-doing-it, but given that heartthrobs Spencer Matthews and Jamie Laing are heirs to the Eton Rock Hotel and McVitie’s respectively, I guess these guys don’t need jobs.

This is the sort of show that advertises the name of each and every bar or restaurant at the bottom of the screen with each scene change, but as each new season has aired, this feature seems to have become more and more obnoxious.They also seem to have forgotten that there are other places to hang out in London that aren’t Bluebird in Mayfair.

What’s worse is that numerous tour companies have taken advantage of this and for a mere £20 you can even go on a Made in Chelsea Walking Tour around London’s SW3. Bargain. Another company is advertising a tour that begins in Sloane Square and ends up in, you guessed it, Bluebird.

There are numerous completely unnecessary characters that aren’t part of the core friendship group on the show, and are hated by everyone. They seem to be quite obnoxious and yet are still on screen each week. Why hasn’t Victoria hit the road yet? She serves no purpose except to bitch about everyone and everything – but we get plenty of that from the rest of the cast anyway. Victoria’s only friend on the show, Mark Francis, is equally useless but a thousand times funnier so I’ll forgive his continued presence. He’s the sort of guy who, when asked what sort of book he’d be, replies “Well, I’d probably be the Bible”. Modest, as ever.

There was even the spin-off, MIC: NYC, where the gang headed off to New York for a season in which absolutely nothing changed. Series 7 was the first series of Made in Chelsea to average over 1 million viewers for each episode whereas spin-off series NYC had a series average of over 1 million viewers, which just goes to show that MIC is heading downhill.What is frustrating is that, this show was actually good at one point. It’s even won a BAFTA.

Gone are the days of the Caggie and Spencer drama when the show was still vaguely based on reality (even if it had been filmed for the 6th time that afternoon). Now, everyone’s dated everyone, everyone’s cheated on everyone and everyone’s broken up with everyone. The cast of MIC is possibly the most incestuous bunch of friends that television has ever seen and there’s no sign of them stopping anytime soon.

I’m not going to pretend like I still don’t love the show, but I kind of hate myself for it. I know that it’s all complete and utter rubbish and yet I still find myself tuning in to E4 on Monday nights to catch the latest episode. Not only that but I follow the more interesting characters on Instagram and Twitter because my weekly one hour fix just isn’t enough. This needs to stop. It’s all just one big PR stunt and we need to stop buying into it. Imperial students see MIC characters walking around South Kensington all the time. If you live in London, you probably know someone that knows someone that knows a member of the cast. These people don’t lead lives that are nearly as extraordinary as television makes them out to be so we should stop treating them like celebrities and accept that they are actually pretty unextraordinary people who just happen to have a lot of money.

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  1. 23rd February 2015 / 7:13 PM

    Haha, I love this post and unfortunately I must admit to being one of the million that hate myself for continuing to watch this. I loved the days of caggie and ollie, and I guess the only reason I still watch it is for Mark Francis.

    • Laura Hartley
      13th April 2015 / 12:09 AM

      The Caggie days were the best!! Ollie was hilarious too 🙁 I'm not sure why I'm still watching it tbh, it's probably just out of habit? I still find it entertaining but oh so cringe at the same time.

  2. Rhian Westbury
    8th March 2016 / 1:10 PM

    Totally agree with this, I really don’t like MIC, but then I don’t like any of those types of programmes like the only way is Essex etc x

  3. sarah Lea
    8th March 2016 / 4:58 PM

    I don’t watch made in Chelsea or The Only Way Is Essex. They’re just not very me, I just can’t get into it. I agree it is one big PR stunt and they’re not celebrities at all. xx

  4. 8th March 2016 / 6:23 PM

    I have never watched Made in Chelsea or The Only Way Is Essex, and never intend to either. Totally agree with what you have said

  5. 8th March 2016 / 6:45 PM

    I love it. It’s my guilty pleasure. I can’t help myself lol. TO be honest I don’t see it as anything different to watching a soap. I’m not that big into COrrie or Eastenders so this is my bit of fun instead. 🙂

  6. PrettyLusciousThings
    8th March 2016 / 6:56 PM

    I don’t watch MIC not for any reasons – I’m just more of a TOWIE chick. Either way I do enjoy them as a nice bit of fluff TV.

  7. 8th March 2016 / 8:13 PM

    oh just cant get nto these find them rather stupid if im honest and wonder if they are actually as self centred in real life

  8. Nayna Kanabar
    8th March 2016 / 8:48 PM

    I hardly watch any television so I can’t really relate to this programme ,however I do get addicted to food programmes nad can’t get enough of them.

  9. 8th March 2016 / 8:51 PM

    I am not a fan of MIC or Towie but I do find Geordie Shore funny. I can’t believe they charge so much money what a rip off!

  10. 8th March 2016 / 9:57 PM

    I shopped watching MIC years ago. Too fake for my liking.

  11. 8th March 2016 / 10:22 PM

    Haha! Not even good enough to laugh at with friends? I’m not sure I’d like this show either.

  12. mummyandthechunks
    8th March 2016 / 11:51 PM

    I actually could have written this! I know it is awful but I cannot stop myself from watching! I don’t watch Towie or anything else similar. I have to say the last series I did miss quite a few episodes and didn’t catch up so hopefully I am getting over it! Haha

  13. 9th March 2016 / 1:35 AM

    I have to admit I’ve tried MIC and TOWIE and I never got it at all.. I just.. Well yeah…

  14. Hannah Malanga
    11th March 2016 / 8:58 AM

    These type of programmes just are not for me, I don’t see the appeal at all! Like you said everyone has dated everyone it couldn’t be further form reality LOL

  15. 11th March 2016 / 10:48 PM

    I don’t really watch tv and don’t own a telly! But I can guess this wouldn’t be my kind of thing to watch.

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