Even though we’re only halfway through 2018, it’s already shaping up to be one of the most over-the-top years in “unscripted drama.” After all, reality TV has never been a genre that shies away from controversy, so it should come as no surprise that every year it keeps getting crazier and crazier. From full-on physical altercations to a near-constant parade of inexcusable assholery, it’s remarkable to see what the sneaky producers behind some of our favorite shows have up their sleeves. But it also begs the question: How many more absurd twists can we handle? Are we nearing the point of dramatic critical mass? For the sake of our rubbernecking schadenfreude, let’s hope not.
That said, Bravo et al. have a pretty daunting task ahead of them if they want to top the insanity of this year, especially when you take the following shows into consideration. Check out our list of the most batshit reality television moments of 2018 (so far) to see what they’re up against—and try to remember that it’s still only June.
The Bachelor - The Moment Arie Luyendyk Jr. Became the Scourge of Bachelor Nation
Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way—i.e. The Bachelor blowup heard round-the-world. Season 22 wrapped up blissfully enough with Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposing to Becca Kufrin during the finale and incurring the requisite “awws” any lukewarm season of The Bachelor’s supposed to incur. However, things took a sharp left turn two months after the season wrapped when Arie broke it off with Becca after deciding that runner-up Lauren Burnham was actually the one. Obviously, the shit-stirrers at ABC aired the entirety of the painful breakup scene, which has solidified Arie as one of the most hated Bachelors in the history of a franchise not exactly known for Good Guys™.