August 30, 2012
Forget "Honey Boo-Boo" (no, seriously, forget "Honey Boo-Boo"), the best reality show of the summer is HBO's "Hard Knocks." The annual documentary series, which follows a different NFL franchise's summer training camp each year (this season it's the Miami Dolphins), has it all: relevance (they struck reality gold by featuring Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson in the first episode, in which he makes a joke about going to jail -- before his arrest -- and then managed to include scenes of his firing in their Tuesday night show), heartbreak (players' dovetailing careers when they are cut from the team, while an equipment manager ruthlessly empties their locker) and hilarity (rookie QB Ryan Tannehill's mind-boggling obliviousness about which NFL divisions his competing teams play for). The bonus? Liev Schreiber's magnificent narration.
--Drusilla Moorhouse, Zap2it