What defines a ‘Guilty Pleasure’?

Over the past couple of weeks I have been watching ‘Everyday life with Monster Girls’ on CrunchyRoll and strangely enough finding myself enjoying the series and getting a good laugh… even though I can clearly see how bad the series is, so I suppose then it would be a guilty pleasure for me.

This got me thinking however, how does one define a guilty pleasure? If a guilty pleasure is something we watch and enjoy even if we know its bad then what if it something that is critically acclaimed with others and yet you like it but think it’s bad? Can it still be called a guilty pleasure then?

What if you think something is really good but everyone else thinks its utter shit? My featured image is a prime example for myself. I have found myself disliking a lot that has come from Adult Swim for a while now but in my late teens I loved a lot of there shows like Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sealab 2021 and my all time favorite Adult Swim show, The Brak Show. Even back then they had shows I just did not like, Home Movies is one i remember not enjoying but I know the series has garnered a lot of praise.

I found myself losing interest in Adult Swim around the time a show called Squidbillies started airing and I just lost interest at that point in western adult cartoons all together. That being said I had also been watching anime on Adult Swim and shows like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and Orphen really did kick start my continuing love in anime.

Back on the subject of guilty pleasures however, recently a new Adult Swim cartoon caught my attention for what I honestly thought was funny writing and sheer hilarity in it’s blasphemy within it’s humor. I am of course talking about Mr Pickles, a show I have seen hated by nearly every single critic I have come across that has reviewed the series. I know I have different tastes to a lot of people, I have known this for a long time, but does the fact that I enjoy this show make it a guilty pleasure even if I don’t think it’s bad?

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4 thoughts on “What defines a ‘Guilty Pleasure’?

  1. I really enjoyed this post! I know exactly what you mean about Adult Swim, over the years I’ve found that I enjoy their programming less and less.

    But to answer your question, it sounds like Mr Pickles might just be a guilty pleasure for you lol.

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