Being Bobby Brown
|Being Bobby Brown|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Executive producer(s)||Bobby Brown
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||B2 Entertainment
|Original release||June 30– December 21, 2005|
The series depicts the life of R&B singer Bobby Brown and his then-wife, singer Whitney Houston, and their family. The program showcases the home time with the family, along with shopping at the famed Harrod's of London (where they met with owner Mohamed Al-Fayed), and vacationing in the Bahamas.
The program ran on Thursdays, but on occasion aired several times through the week. The highly rated show ran for only one season as Houston did not agree to a second season; thus Brown and Bravo could not reach an agreement to continue the show.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Brown Family Vacation"||June 30, 2005|
|2||"The Past Is the Past"||June 30, 2005|
|3||"Creatures of the Forest"||July 7, 2005|
|4||"At Home with the Browns"||July 14, 2005|
|5||"Happy Mother's Day"||July 21, 2005|
|6||"Parenting 101"||July 28, 2005|
|7||"Bobby Does London"||August 4, 2005|
|8||"Lights, Camera, Bobby"||August 11, 2005|
|9||"Bravo"||August 18, 2005|
|10||"The Clip Show"||August 25, 2005|
|11||"Christmas with the Browns"||December 21, 2005|
In popular culture
Houston popularized the phrase "Hell to the no" on the series and was nominated for a VH-1 "Big In '05 Award" for "Quote of the Year". This phrase also appeared on T-shirts. The Soup television series also featured Houston loudly shouting "Kiss my ass!" as a running gag, naming it its "Clip of the Year".
One reviewer, Barry Garron, wrote that "'Being Bobby Brown,' the reality show spotlighting the R&B singer whose rap sheet might be longer than his catalog, is undoubtedly the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television". Garron and other reviewers noted that the show contained remarks regarding sexuality and excretory functions, and Garron opined that the show robbed Whitney Houston "of any last shreds of dignity."
Despite the perceived train-wreck nature of the show, the series gave Bravo its highest ratings in its time slot.
- "Bravo Series Uncovers the Ups and Downs of "Being Bobby Brown"". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Brown Reality Show Cancelled". SFGate. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Whitney Houston's Legacy Is In Bravo's Hands". Huffington Post. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Flynn, Gillian (7 July 2005). "Being Bobby Brown (2005)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Garron, Barry. "'Being Bobby Brown' is disgusting". TODAY. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- Steve Rogers, "Report: Bravo's 'Being Bobby Brown' coming back for second season", RealityTV World, October 31, 2005.