Everyone has a guilty pleasure show — no matter their gender. But for men, those shows tend to be ones that usually cater to women. There are a lot of great TV shows for men, but sometimes you just want to switch it up and there are interesting female characters and dramas out there. So which TV shows are men watching, but won’t admit it? Here are six that have male viewers.
1. Keeping Up With The Kardashians
A lot of women don’t even admit they watch the show because of how much hate this famous family gets. So it makes sense that men would also hide their love for it. But the show has been on for 11 seasons, so someone has to be watching it, and they all can’t be women. On the message board Is It Normal?, a man posted the question, “Me and my friend enjoy the show, we are straight and both have girlfriends. We enjoy watching the show, and I just wonder if it was gay for us to do this together.”
Of course liking a reality show has zero bearing on your sexuality. But it just goes to show that it’s tough for men to admit they might genuinely like watching the family’s crazy antics.
2. Grey’s Anatomy
The medical drama shows doctors working in a hospital in Seattle that seems to be a magnet for disaster. The show has been full of romances and dramatic deaths, but it has been able to survive 13 seasons so far. Of course, the viewership is full of women who love tweeting during the episodes. But The New York Times found the audience consist of 76% of women, meaning almost a quarter of views are from men! They probably aren’t as proud to tweet during the show, but maybe they should start.
The comedy is about four friends figuring out life in New York. In the beginning it was promoted as the newer version of Sex and the City so it was pretty evident that it was gunning for a female audience. But the show reportedly has more male viewers than female. According to Nielsen data, 56% of the audience are men and 44% are female. And while the show is about millennials, 22% of the viewers are white men over 50.
So maybe these men aren’t so outspoken about their love for the show. But maybe that will change since the Star Wars‘s Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is returning to his role on the comedy.
4. Gilmore Girls
The dramedy focused on a mother and daughter who were close in age and often more like friends. The show was definitely marketed toward women, so the audience is often assumed to be women. However, years after it’s been off-air, the show’s following has grown and more men have voiced their love of the show.
A podcast called Gilmore Guys is hosted by two men who talk about each episode of the show, and they even interview members of the show’s cast and crew. While the podcast may have started off with the premise of it being funny that two guys like the show so much, it’s gained popularity as actors like Jason Mantzoukas have gone on the podcast to talk about their love for the show.
5. Gossip Girl
The teen drama based on the book series shows teenagers’ lives in the Upper East Side of New York City. Their lives are constantly being blogged about by an anonymous person using the pseudonym “Gossip Girl.” The show is basically a soap opera full of back stabbing and romance. It was marketed to women, but men have also been watching.
Inspired by Gilmore Guys, there is now also a new podcast hosted by two men called Gossip Guys talking about each episode of the show. It just goes to show that women aren’t the only ones who like escaping into fictional high school dramas.
6. Sex and the City
The iconic show followed four friends navigating dating in New York City. The show is known for its quotes, fashion, and hot men so most would assume only women would be fans of it. Even though it has been off air for years, it’s on every day thanks to syndication. Chances are there are more men tuning in than you would expect. Cosmopolitan talked to many men about what they love about the show. Some admit to using it for dating advice and also just finding very sexy.
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