The Only Way is Essex Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 5:00 PM ET on ITV2

60 minutes

The Only Way Is Essex is an ITV2 reality television show based in Essex. It shows "real people in modified situations, saying unscripted lines but in a structured way."It debuted on October 10, 2010, it follows the lives of young adults: Mark Wright, Jessica Wright, Kirk Norcross, Amy Childs, Lauren Goodger, Sam Faiers and their friends. The show is primarily filmed in Brentwood close to London and shows their lives as young, rich Essex boys and girls. The cast members do not get paid for the show, however, negotiations are in place for a salary for series .The show is filmed only a few days in advance and Series 1 ran initially for four weeks, with two episodes a week. It is narrated by Denise Van Outen, who is from Basildon, Essex. The show has been described by the Daily Mirror as Great Britain's answer to The Hills and Jersey Shore.
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Nov 2, 2016 4:58PM EDT
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Why do people watch this? Not a fan.

Why do people watch this? Not a fan.

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Sep 7, 2014 6:50AM EDT
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Towie, so much drama, it's hilarious

Towie, so much drama, it's hilarious

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by minalmk
Dec 29, 2015 4:07PM EST
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So entertaining! Requires zero focus, I could be distracted and still know what's happening when I return.

So entertaining! Requires zero focus, I could be distracted and still know what's happening when I return.

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May 28, 2015 12:47PM EDT
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quite cringe but good to watch

quite cringe but good to watch

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by cteska
Apr 4, 2015 8:51PM EDT
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I love this show. If I've said it once I've said it twice...this show is a massive train wreck and I just cannot look away. This is by far the biggest group of goofs having horrid relationships in history. Half the time I cannot understand what they are saying what with the heavy British accents but all I know is I can't get enough of the Essex crowd.

I love this show. If I've said it once I've said it twice...this show is a massive train wreck and I just cannot look away. This is by far the biggest group of goofs having horrid relationships in history. Half the time I cannot understand what they are saying what with the heavy British accents but all I know is I can't get enough of the Essex crowd.

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Dec 2, 2014 6:22PM EST
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TOWIE - CURRENT

Like me, you might have naively blundered into The Only Way Is Essex (by accidentally-on-purpose) in search of answers. The machinations of structured reality shows such as TOWIE have always been murky, with viewers never really knowing how much of anything is a setup, so watching an episode that deliberately stripped away a few levels of artifice seemed like it would be a fascinating experiment in curtain-peeking. Then it started and, like me, you might have instantly wondered what the hell you were thinking. If you havent watched it, there are barely any words to describe how awful TOWIE is. I'd suggest that you watch it on catchup, but I don't want to be billed for all the televisions and laptops that it'd make you destroy in a fit of frustration and despair. At heart, The Only Way is Essex is a show about identical-looking people making utterly pointless small talk in precisely the same disinterested monotone for an hour. Cast members endlessly rabbited over each other, entire scenes went by without any audible dialogue. Some scenes started with people looking offscreen for their cue from the floor manager, who was probably too busy drafting his resignation letter in his head to care. Most scenes would cut off mid-sentence, sometimes even mid-word. In one scene, two people did their best to work out whether they'd ever slept together or not. In another, two more people nattered about what they saw the other one do on the previous night's episode of The Only Way is Essex. Presumably the show ended with everyone who has ever been involved with The Only Way is Essex forming a circle around the Bafta they won last year and taking turns to urinate on it. I don't know... This is TOWIE.

TOWIE - CURRENT

Like me, you might have naively blundered into The Only Way Is Essex (by accidentally-on-purpose) in search of answers. The machinations of structured reality shows such as TOWIE have always been murky, with viewers never really knowing how much of anything is a setup, so watching an episode that deliberately stripped away a few levels of artifice seemed like it would be a fascinating experiment in curtain-peeking. Then it started and, like me, you might have instantly wondered what the hell you were thinking. If you havent watched it, there are barely any words to describe how awful TOWIE is. I'd suggest that you watch it on catchup, but I don't want to be billed for all the televisions and laptops that it'd make you destroy in a fit of frustration and despair. At heart, The Only Way is Essex is a show about identical-looking people making utterly pointless small talk in precisely the same disinterested monotone for an hour. Cast members endlessly rabbited over each other, entire scenes went by without any audible dialogue. Some scenes started with people looking offscreen for their cue from the floor manager, who was probably too busy drafting his resignation letter in his head to care. Most scenes would cut off mid-sentence, sometimes even mid-word. In one scene, two people did their best to work out whether they'd ever slept together or not. In another, two more people nattered about what they saw the other one do on the previous night's episode of The Only Way is Essex. Presumably the show ended with everyone who has ever been involved with The Only Way is Essex forming a circle around the Bafta they won last year and taking turns to urinate on it. I don't know... This is TOWIE.