“ Genre: Reality / Broadcaster: MTV „
Geordie is a nickname given to people from the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne area of the North East of England so as you can imagine this series is based around people from that and the surrounding area. They enjoy everything fake: nails, eyelashes, boobs, tans you name it they have it!, getting stupidly drunk and have very questionable moral's.
Initially four male and four female 18 to 21ish year old (I have to say ish as without researching I don't know, but they all look and act like kids so it's a good guess), are all moved into the Geordie shore house, together for four weeks, much like the Big Brother series with the exception that these can leave and rejoin the house if they wish. Now it seems they just come and go as they please and add new members whenever the show gets a little monotonous! They do have a boss called Anna, if you can call her that, who sends them on small jobs such as Male Topless waitering, applying fake tans and handing out flyers but the main bulk of the show is dedicated to Drinking, Partying and to be honest in my opinion a Little porn, at one point 3 couples were all at it in the same bedroom.
There is very little to the show with regards to any story line apart from a kind of love affair between Gaz and Charl where they see how many random people they can pull to make the other jealous, it's pretty much a six episode bed hoping fest for the house mates, if they're not 'Tashing Off' as they call it with each other, then they're out on 'The Pull' taking random strangers back to the house. More than once the girl's haven't known the name of their randomer, never mind the boys and their threesomes. I actually do hate the way they portray themselves as it stereotypes others of their (MY!!!) ages with the same low standards and foul mouths which I find a completely false representation, however I am always curious as to what they will do next. After saying all that I do have to stand up for one house mate, Vicky, who is affectionately know as 'No Banging Vicky', says a lot for the show right? however her mouth is still as foul as the rest of them.
I'm struggling to tell you much else about the show as I fear I would have to give my review an 18 rating in line with the series rating, although I will say that being from Sunderland myself, not too far from Geordie land for those not familiar with the area, I thought this would be something I'd like and downloaded all other series but I'm not sure it's for the right reasons. I kind of want to see just how far these people are willing to go for fame and enjoy knowing that they really do behave as badly as we chant on a derby match day. I still have to say I'd recommend it though as I am glued to it and do talk about it often, in fact my Tuesday nights will be boring after this week when the series ends!
As a typical lover of all things reality, I love a good group of TV demons that I can hiss at and love to hate. Over the years I've followed all kinds of reality TV programmes from pop idol (remember that?!) to I'm a celebrity get me out of here, but there is a new breed of reality TV stars that are providing the nation with hours of entertainment by doing, well.. Nothing. Since jersey shore hit over here I was hooked. I'd never seen anything like this on TV before with all the drinking, vomiting, swearing, fighting and eating junk food whilst using sexual references in every conversation. Although jersey shore is often accused as being staged and scripted, it was a programme that reeled me in like a fish because I'd never seen this type of behaviour being shown on TV outside of a police documentary show. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, Geordie shore came along.
The show follows a group of 20 something people who have been flung into a massive, kitted out house filled with fake fan, alcohol and gym equipment and cameras have been set up to document what happens when all are mixed together. After watching 3 seasons of the show I've gathered that these people love to binge drink, eat junk food and bitch about each other. There are often scenes of violence amongst either each other or other clubbers and very graphic scenes of a sexual nature which some views may find offensive or even a little bit disgusting, watching these orange skinned buffoons flop around on top of each other and vomiting at the same time.
Having said all this, I enjoy the show. I feel like its a form of escapism and its that old psychology theory of enjoying other people make a fool of themselves to make oneself feel better. The banter on the show is hilarious (particularly Charlotte) but there are some very significant points about the show and what it stands for that viewers may oppose to and find offensive. In the show, it does not empower females in any way shape or form. Before nights out, the boys often refer to their goal of the night to 'bang a bird' and the females often doll themselves up beyond recognition before a night on the town wearing next to no clothes. The show glamorises binge drinking and often when they have house parties the alcohol appears to be endless and nearly always end in violence and random sexual encounters with guests.
I would probably only recommend this show to people who have the ability to watch reality TV but not take it too seriously. Geordie shore is based on today's binge drinking and narcissistic culture and fits in with what some of our younger generation might see as 'funny'. Having said that the characters are likeable and make good viewing, but when you see young girls out on the street acting like the Geordies and deeming this as perfectly acceptable behaviour, then we have a problem.