The Five Most Unhinged Reality TV Celebrity Families
While the Kardashians have been a mainstay of reality TV with numerous iterations of their show keeping their empire afloat, they’re hardly the only celebrities with skin in the reality-TV game. Whether you’re keeping up with them or seeing what exactly it is that they “know best,” celebrity families are no stranger to the genre.
The latest crew to join this pantheon of reality TV families is none other than the Stallones. You might be wondering what they have to offer that we haven’t seen before. In Sly’s own words, “I’m on the road so much. I probably been on the road 60 percent of my life. Wouldn’t it be great to spend some serious time with my family where they couldn’t escape and they had to be with me?”
The pilot of The Family Stallone, which premiered this week on Paramount+, offers just that.
Returning to his California home from months of filming in Oklahoma for Tulsa King, we see Sly reunited with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters (Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet) as they prepare for his 76th birthday. They all echo the sentiment that they grew up with a dad who was constantly away on set, really driving into the ground the premise of the show.
The Family Stallone doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but where else would we get to see Sylvester Stallone teach Al Pacino how to take a selfie or learn that the Rocky actor is an avid fan of The Bachelor?
If anything, the normalcy of the Stallones made us reminisce about the more unhinged celebrity families we’ve seen on the air, such as…
Pioneers of the genre, The Osbournes allowed us to peak into the domestic side of life for heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family (with the exception of their daughter Aimee who refused to participate). The family’s cussing, screaming, burrito-making antics provided endless entertainment, and ended up nabbing an Emmy.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Not to be outdone by Ozzy, the KISS bassist brought his family into the limelight as well. While it was critically successful for A&E and lasted seven seasons, Gene Simmons Family Jewels was continually met with accusations that the “reality” wasn’t so real, with some events shown not actually occurring in real life.
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
This show followed the three-year marriage of then husband and wife Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, catapulting them from mere boy bander and pop princess to household names. The show ironically only lasted about as long as their marriage, but at least the pilot gave us Jessica’s infamous “Is this chicken or is this fish?” line.
Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best
Playing off the 1950s sitcom Father Knows Best, pro wrestler Hulk Hogan took to putting his extremely overprotective parenting skills on display in Hogan Knows Best. Cheating allegations and a reckless driving charge ended up being the demise of the show, but Hogan’s unrelenting desire to aid his children’s career came to fruition in the form of Brooke’s short-lived spin-off, Brooke Knows Best. Unfortunately, the series allowed for moments like this:
Chrisley Knows Best
Following the life of real-estate mogul Todd Chrisley and his family in Georgia, Chrisley Knows Best rose to national attention largely due to the patriarch’s flamboyant antics. But the show’s true legacy would end up being the combined 19-year prison sentence for Todd and Julie Chrisley, for bank fraud and tax evasion, that came to light during the series’ seventh season.