Move Over Survivor…

Rollergirls ( are in town!!

I surprised myself by becoming a fan of Survivor. That I became a fan of Dancing With The Stars is pretty much a miracle of nature. Except for those two shows, I am not exactly a fan of reality shows. Well, that was until I watched A&E’s Rollergirls, which may very well be the best reality show to ever be on television. In fact, I’ll bet that Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst are very happy Rollergirls is not on network television.

The premise is simple. Put a camera on the players who comprise the TXRD Roller Derby League located in the Austin, Texas area. Watch these women in their everyday life, while they practice, and while they play this game that’s been around since the 50s. The women have names like Venis Envy, Cha Cha, Miss Conduct, and the teams retain monikers such as The Putas, The Holy Rollers, and The Rhinestone Cowgirls. The language is rough. The action is edgy. The games and the stories are real.

These are tough women who play hard in a game they obviously love…while battling real life…ovarian cancer, job schedules, kids, husbands, parents…each other. This is probably the most real reality show I’ve ever viewed, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.


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