I got on the Shahs of Sunset train way back in November when most of you were asking me why I was blogging about some show that would not be on for five months. There were several things that peaked my interest. First, it was a collaboration between my homeboy Ryan Seacrest and my then gay boyfriend, Andy Cohen. (If you missed our tragic breakup, you can read that here). But also because I grew up in Libya and have always been interested in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Because I was early to the party I got to know (online) the cast and scored some exclusive interviews with GG and Asa. I still maintain contact with pretty much everyone on the cast. I’ve been waiting to “review” the show until after I saw them a couple of times to see how editing, and cameras might change my views of them.
So now it’s time to tell you what I think.
And then there is Sammy. With so many critics trying to compare Shahs to Jersey Shore, I have to say that the only thing they have in common is both shows have a Sammy Sweetheart. Sammy is a nice guy with a healthy dose of Peter Pan complex. In fact pretty much everyone on Shahs has Peter Pan complex with the exception of Asa. Despite the fact that everyone is in their late thirties, it reminds me of the movie Animal House with the frat members that have been in college for twelve years. Sammy may have a good job and be making a boatload of money, but socially, he has chosen to live the life most of us gave up shortly after college graduation, albeit with an unlimited budget. Imagine yourself back in college with your friends and instead of spending your loan checks on a ski trip to NC and a deep sea fishing trip in Florida (er…um.. totally random examples Student Loan People) you didn’t have classes and had unlimited resources in Vegas. Somehow Sammy is managing to sustain that well into his thirties. Frankly, I would have died of alcohol poisoning by now. Sammy out at the clubs or at his own pool party chatting up the ladies is exactly the Sammy he is on twitter. Nice, fun-loving and carefree.
So my review is that I love the show and I love every single person on the cast. I might not be rich, or Iranian, or Jewish or Muslim or living in Beverly Hills, but I think these six people are representative of the personalities found in any college clique. None of them are perfect, and they all get on each other’s nerves from time to time. Pairs become close for a time, and then alliances change only to come full circle over the years. There is a lot of focus on GG’s imperfections right now, but over the season, that focus will likely move on to someone else. No one is the villain. It’s just real life.