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Why I Love. . . Privileged

The CW's funny little new Fall show Privileged is back tonight with a new episode (that guest stars Lauren Conrad as herself). But will anyone be watching?

So far, at least, the answer seems to be no: The show's dropped viewers nearly every week since its premiere, with just 1.9 million people tuning into last week's episode. And that's a shame, because this underappreciated gem just might be my favorite new show of the entire Fall TV season. What do I love so much about the show, you ask? Well. . .

I love. . . the writing, first and foremost. Some lines on this show make me laugh out loud, the characters are funny and interesting, and the plotlines are entertaining without going overboard into crazyland. (They can say things like "Judgey Judgerson" without making me roll my eyes.)

I love. . . our fearless protagonist, Megan. She's smart, funny, warm and optimistic. She's like that Type-A girl who annoyed me in high school because she was always so good at everything, except Megan is endearing because she's also honest and human. For all her perfectionism, she's still a twenty-something girl who took a not-so-ideal job (as a live-in tutor to some super rich girls) as a means to an end — not unlike a lot of twenty-something girls. And despite the job being not-so-ideal, she makes the best of it with a great attitude. She's a peppy person who can also be direct about her feelings, proving that girls can be sweet without being weak or doormat-y.

Why else do I love this show? Please,


I love. . . that the set-up is pretty straightforward but still allows for interesting issues to arise. The two teenage girls are uber-wealthy, one of them is sweet and childlike (Rose), while the other is fiercely loyal but sometimes mean as a snake (Sage). In contrast, their tutor is not from a wealthy family and is constantly learning how to adapt to this way of life. Unlike some other CW shows, this one uses the differences in lifestyles to create actual conflict and make points about the characters.

I love. . . that it's super-duper girl-powerific. One of Megan's main reasons for sticking with this job is because she sees a mentor in the girls' grandmother, Laurel (played by Anne Archer). She's eager to learn from this powerful and independent lady, but she's not so intimidated that she can't have a frank discussion with her. I'm fascinated by this relationship — how Laurel will help Megan, how Megan will impress Laurel and impact her life. The show also takes the time to insert little lessons on being a strong, modern woman. Megan explains what's frustrating about dismissing a strong businesswoman as a "ball-buster," and tells Rose why she shouldn't watch porn as a how-to guide for sexual techniques. It's got a message but without being all message-y.

I love. . . the friggin' hot guys. What girl would not want to have this trio of men to flirt with?! Add to these guys the family's gay chef Marco, Megan's no-nonsense confidant who, like Megan, has aspirations beyond working at the Baker estate. He's fast becoming one of my favorite characters on the show.

I know it's only been a few episodes but I'm already so attached to Megan and Co. It breaks my lil' heart to think about this show being canceled. Do you know what I'm talking about here? Have you watched Privileged?

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vengron vengron 4 years
I didn't watch this show until last month, I love it!!! why did they cancel it????
susiesunshine226 susiesunshine226 8 years
I adore this show!! It is so much better than the other shows out there - 90210, One Tree Hill, Greek, all bleeeh in comparison to this witty show.
TNgirl TNgirl 8 years
I love this show! One of the best shows of the new fall season!
ld3434 ld3434 8 years
I would be SOOOOOO SAD if they stopped this show!!!??? I <3 Charlie :)
ld3434 ld3434 8 years
I love this show. I was bored and watched it and now I'm Hooked!
clew001 clew001 8 years
I love this show! I realllly hope it doesn't end up cancelled. At this rate, I'm sure it will but people need to watch it. It's quirky and cute and the guys are great eye candy.
barbiesugar barbiesugar 8 years
i love that show! every 1 i know watches it
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
I'm so glad others like this show! It's my fave new show of the season - much much better than 90210. This show makes me happy :)
xojennifer xojennifer 8 years
I love it :) I also watched the first episode out of boredom and ended up really enjoying it! Its a good show and I got really attached to Megan and Rose. Although Megan is sort of starting to get on my nerves now that she has a boyfriend.. she's the cheesiest person ever! But I still love Rose! I think shes adorable, the relationship between her and Sage is super cute, and does anyone else find she sort of looks a lot like Selena Gomez?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I love it. Joanna Garcia is so Reese Witherspoon-esque.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
loving priveleged is like loving south of nowhere... but i watch it since it's stupidly light.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
Ya know. I was watching Freaks and Geeks...being my fabulous self at home on a Friday night...and I noticed our Megan as the head cheerleader. So many people on that show, I can't believe it was canceled after only 1 season.
lovelystate lovelystate 8 years
I love this show for all the reasons you listed buzz..The writing is great. The situations, dialogue, acting...everything is just so much more believable and better done than 90210. it's like Gilmore Girls with a touch of the OC and Gossip Girl. Sadly, I think it'll get cancelled because of low ratings...i'm hoping for the best though.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i read the book long before i knew that it was going to be made into a TV show and i liked it and now that it's a show - i'm even happier. i'm on vacation right now in a country that doesn't get the CW network but i have DVRd it so i can make sure to watch when i get home
elanakat elanakat 8 years
i really love this show. i didnt want to because it looked stereotypical and stupid but i read the book (which by the way is LOT different) it was based off of and decided to give it a shot. Turns out it was REALLY entertaining!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE megan!! she is such a refreshing character!! and my goodness, the boys! i love charlie! yes, its on at the same time as Greek, but i always record it.
OChottie OChottie 8 years
Susanna, Megan's natural hair color is blonde, but that is the only thing that makes any sense to me. I don't like that character either but alas, we have to hate somebody right?
OChottie OChottie 8 years
I too really like this show. Also agree that it is way better than 90210 (boring). Don't you also love the decor and the houses they show. There is real beauty in all aspects of it. Please don't cancel Priveleged!
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I love this show too. I've been a fan of Joanna Garcia ever since her Reba days, and she's showing with this role that she can play many different characters. The show is witty, up to date and well written. It's not sappy or sugary and makes me want to keep watching. I feel like I'm "Priveleged" to be able to watch it! :ROTFL: I crack myself up.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
I love this show! I feel more guilty watching this than when I watch The Hills! I hope it doesn't get canceled, despite the low numbers. And Lily definitely needs to go. Why did they cast that actress? She doesn't even look like Megan!
littlebmac littlebmac 8 years
I really like this show. The girls are adorable and I love their scenes together. They are like the ultimate sisters who share just about everything. Megan as their tutor plays a wonderful big sister type to them and they have brought out her fun sider as well. It seems like Megan was siting on the sidelines before and watched everyone else have fun in their lives. It is great to see that she is giving her safe life a little shake and enjoying herself.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 8 years
I LOVE this show, but the actress that plays megan's sister is terrible. She and will (cute as he is) should both be written off
nadioz nadioz 8 years
i'm crazy about that show for all the reasons you said, it's funny and smart, the character are great ! i just love it !!
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 8 years
LOVE this show! Especially the unrequited love between Charlie and Megan.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I've been planning to start watching this for a couple weeks now, and I definitely will.
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