Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp Premiere Recap: Possibly the Worst Show of Our Time

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Bristol Palin's new reality show, Life's a Tripp, premiered last night, and regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it was terrible in every respect.

The problem is not that Bristol is the daughter of Sarah Palin, it's that she comes across as a caricature; a TV personality, but not a real person by any means.

It's also entirely unclear who the project is aimed at. Uninteresting and brazenly clueless about life and the world around her, BP is not an engaging heroine.

Life's a Tripp is basically like The Hills, Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of Orange County combined, without the self-awareness of any of the above.

Let's break it down, THG +/- style, and see how:

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Bristol announces the concept of her show - moving to L.A. to work for a charity, getting out of her comfort zone, etc. - and sounds 100 rehearsed. Minus 20.

Also, Tripp is three. How is this "life experience" for him? Minus 10. Good thing younger sister Willow came along too. Who needs a job or school, right?

Sarah Palin sighting! The Mama Grizzly references The Beverly Hillbillies. Is that what this is supposed to be a takeoff on? We're still unclear, but Plus 5.

Never mind that Bristol is already famous enough to live in Beverly Hills, and acts entitled, like she belongs there, no matter what she might say. Minus 5.

The ladies announce that they are staying in one of their “parents’ friends’ houses” ... which is a giant mansion. Very real and down-to-Earth, girls. Minus 5.

“People are a lot more into their image here than in Alaska.” - Bristol Palin, on a show named after and detailing the struggles of Bristol Palin. Minus 430.

And now for the infamous mechanical bull-riding scene, in which Bristol was heckled and Lifetime was sued in an exchange that reduces all faith in humanity.

From off screen, a guy yells, “Did you ride Levi like that? Your mother’s a whore!” The first part is pretty funny ... the latter not at all. It gets ugly, and fast.

This scene is just depressing, first for the heckler who uses hateful language and took cheap shots and made Bristol look like some kind of victim. Minus 15.

Of course Bristol, surrounded by reality TV cameras, tried to make his sexuality a topic of the debate. What a Clash of the Lowlifes this became. Minus 15.

Also, Minus 15 more for the Life’s a Tripp producers who can't even edit this argument in a coherent fashion. How much was edited? It's all very unclear.

Bristol walked out to call BF Gino Paoletti, saying, “I have a ton of cameras on me and a ton of paparazzi. This is not fair. This is not fun.” That felt real. Plus 20.

Of course ... the cameras were filming HER OWN REALITY SHOW AT THE TIME and she went to the epicenter of celebrity gossip, West Hollywood. Minus 440.

The famous girl who wants to be more famous, yet is too vain to see what a spectacle this is, then complains about being famous? Not sympathetic. Minus 30.

Aside from Tripp being a cute kid, there was little redeeming about this show or its protagonist. Sorry Bristol, but we're Tripping out after watching this crap.

TOTAL: -935.


I think this girl is great. She seems to accepted responsibility for her past & future. So many don't want to be accountable. They want to blame and trap people into something. Hopefully the so called victims and entitled can learn a lesson from her. It's so easy these days for certain groups of uneducated users to hate on her. Most of those people have no pride or respect for themselves and they are misfits that society has left behind along with their alternative lifestyles. She doesn't agree with the gay lifestyle but neither does the majority of Americans. We chose to live a cleaner existence. I personally associate with people that are not perfect but associate themselves with morality. I will not budge.


During the bar scene, they left in Bristol's charge of “is it because you are a homosexual?� line, but edited what Bristol said next: “because you look like one� and “is that your wife?�. THOSE were "edited"... because that would have made HER look like an equally hateful b*tch... And, BTW: If Tripp was born in December 2008... that made him only 2 last summer, when this was filmed... IF he was actually born in December 2008...


LifeTime should be sad of them self for putting this show on Air. I love all of LifeTime shows such as The Clint List, Drop Dead Diva, Dance Moms, Dance Moms: Miami, Army Wives, Coming Home, and also there movies. But why in the hell Bristol Palin!!!!!!!!!! No take it down people is not going to watch her. Come on LifeTime, bring something better and give up on that show...


I first enjoyed Bristol on Dancing with the Stars, she did well, worked hard, and had fun. She is a real down to earth, young lady
ok she comes from a famous family, not her fault, ok she got pregnant, so do many many other young girls, look at the stupid tv reality show about them all. Bristol kept the baby and spoke out about being young and being a mom, good for her. I am sure she did not ask for a reality show, someone went to her and said lets do one. ok it might be a flop, but she is trying, and she is a good girl and very sweet, but the whole thing is, she is a young girl who is learning her way in the world like many many other young girls.


Was she riding the bull and ringing bells like Paul Revere?


Someone really watched this crap? She famous for getting preg as a teen and she thinks she deserves a show? Anybody who would watch this out of real interest needs to be smacked.


Who wears a Christian t-shirt to a bar? Very Palin. I sin but I still have the moral highground.


@Randall Tharpe - Nice try. We all know you're really Sarah Palin. Why you'd call your own daughter 'buxom' is beyond me, but you're not fooling anyone.


Brave, buxom, beautiful Bristol Palin is America's Sweetheart. Her fascinating new 'Lifetime' series is fun & family-friendly.

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Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with -- this isn't ideal. But I'm fortunate to have a supportive family, which is dealing with this together.

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Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can't imagine life without him now.

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