The Learning Channel premiered its newest television show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,”Aug. 8, where Alana Thompson, 6, beauty pageant contestant on “Toddlers and Tiaras,” has taken center stage.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” follows Thompson (better known as "Honey Boo Boo”) and her southern family as they do what they do best: ride dirt bikes, mudpit-belly flop and, of course, prepare
for pageants. During the opening of the show, viewers are introduced to Honey Boo Boo’s redneck-licious -– and proud of it – family: stay at-home mom June, dad “Sugar Bear,” sisters “Pumpkin” Lauryn, “Chubbs” Jessica and “Chickadee” Anna.
There is no doubt that Honey Boo Boo has proved successful at creating a plethora of hilarious catch phrases, like “you better
redneckognize” and ”a dollar makes me holler honey boo-boo child.” In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if these catch phrases soon begin to appear on T-shirts. And many have gone as far as to say that Honey Boo Boo is the best thing that’s ever graced reality TV.
However, as I watched the opening episode of the spin-off show, I couldn’t help but question if TLC should be referred to as “The We’ve Run-Out-of-Ideas Channel” rather than “The Learning Channel."
Sure, it was highly entertaining to watch a 6-year-old run around flaunting her belly flab for five minutes, which was also Honey Boo Boo’s signature move during “Toddlers and Tiaras.” And yes, if
you want to become a gold medalist in The Redneck Games – which really do exist and the Thompsons have participated in them – then
this show is for you. But if you want to learn something substantial, then steer away from this as you’re flipping through channels on Wednesday evenings.