You probably know about the “Real Housewives” franchise, but there’s another show sneaking onto everyone’s watch lists that, for better or worse, you need to know about. Lisa Vanderpump, a restaurateur and a Beverly Hills “Housewives” veteran, saw opportunity in the staff at one of her restaurants, SUR. What was bred from her smart producing and eye for attractiveness has resulted in six full seasons (the seventh premiered last night) of one big cluster of insanity that is too good to not pay attention to anymore: “Vanderpump Rules.”
The premise is straightforward: the group of SURvers (read up on the cast here) are interchangeably friends, enemies and suitors, which is obviously a recipe for equally scintillating entertainment and disaster.
Avid watchers will tell you that this isn’t a show that you’ll take seriously at any point. No one who’s knee-deep in the 100-plus episodes started watching because they were intellectually stimulating or something they could chat with their boss about at the coffee machine in the morning. I, for example, started bingeing because Chrissy Teigen tweeted about it a few times, and, let’s be honest, there’s little I wouldn’t do if Chrissy Teigen endorsed it.
Whatever the case, if you’re not watching “Vanderpump Rules” yet, you are missing a cornerstone of American pop culture. Here’s why.