On Sunday, TLC unveiled its highly anticipated and pre-emptively scrutinized Sarah Palin's Alaska, a series, it turns out, that is part travelogue, bigger part celebrity-family reality show.
Not so unlike Keeping Up with the Kardashians or The Osbournes, shows which ask viewers to relate to universal family dynamics amid the excesses, Sarah Palin's Alaska is nothing if not a showcase for just how ordinary and typical Sarah Palin's brood is. Mom might have a makeshift TV studio built into her home so she can beam in for guest appearances on The O'Reilly Factor. She also might soon be running for president, but the Palin household? It's just like yours.
Take the Palin kids. The former governor of Alaska, along with executive producer Mark Burnett, present for inspection Sarah as sweatsuit-wearing working mom. As a result, her kids are given ample screen time -- whether they want it or not. Here's how two of the five -- Piper, 9, and Willow, 16 — come off in the premiere:
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