What is 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a reality show on TLC that follows pint-sized beauty queen, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her family of self-described "rednecks." A spin-off of TLC's controversial Toddlers & Tiaras, Honey Boo Boo premiered August 8, 2012 and quickly became a pop cultural phenomenon.
What is 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' About?:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo follows Thompson as she competes in beauty pageants, but also spends a great deal of time on her day-to-day life with her colorful family in rural Georgia.
Episodes have revolved around Honey Boo Boo's pet pig, her mother June shopping with hundreds of coupons, and Honey Boo Boo guzzling "go-go-juice"--a potent mix of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.
Who is Honey Boo Boo?:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo stars Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson (born August 28, 2005) from McIntyre, Georgia. A break-out star from Toddlers & Tiaras, Thompson is a child beauty queen who regularly competes in beauty pageants.
Honey Boo Boo carries the show with her over-sized personality and colorful use of language. She's known for quotes like, "You better redneckognize!"
Who Else Stars in 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?:
In addition to Honey Boo Boo herself, the show stars her family members:
- June Shannon: Honey Boo Boo's stay-at-home mom and extreme couponer.
- Sugar Bear Thompson: Honey Boo Boo's chalk-mining dad. He is not the father of June's other daughters.
- Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon: Honey Boo Boo's 12-year-old sister.
- Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon: Honey Boo Boo's 15-year-old sister
- Anna "Chickadee" Shannon: Honey Boo Boo's 17-year-old sister
What is the Controversy Around 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?:
Although Here Comes Honey Boo Boo quickly became a hit with audiences, critics have been more hesitant to embrace it. Some, like The Voice judge Adam Levine have called Honey Boo Boo, "literally the worst thing that's ever happened," and "the decay of Western civilization." Others have blasted June for giving Alana her daughter so much caffeine and sugar.
More astute pundits have criticized the manner in which the show portrays the poverty-stricken family. For example, The Hollywood Reporter called it "horrifying" and "exploitative."
It seems like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will continue to polarize viewers who either love or hate it.
On the other hand, some, like The Guardian have pointed out that--despite the condemnation of many viewers--"none of the women or girls who participate in the show seems to hate themselves for their poverty, their weight, their less-than-urbane lifestyle, or the ways in which they diverge from the socially-acceptable beauty standard."
Who Produces 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'?:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is produced for TLC by Authentic Entertainment. It is executive produced by Lauren Lexton, Sara Reddy and Tom Rogan.
When Does 'Here Come Honey Boo Boo' Air?:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo airs on TLC during the summer season, Wednesdays 10/9PM Central. One-time holiday specials will air in 2013:
- Halloween January 6 at 9/8PM Central
- Thanksgiving January 13 at 9/8PM Central
- Christmas February 17 at 9/8PM Central