Best guilty-pleasure reality TV of 2012

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What's your pleasure? If you're a reality TV fan, 2012 provided plenty of (guilty!) pleasure with an endless supply of unscripted drama, love triangles, and crazy catchphrases. Check out this list of the top guilty-pleasure reality TV shows of 2012 and see if you're guilty as charged.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (TLC)

Burping, passing gas, and bobbing for pig's feet. It's just a day in the life of child beauty queen Alana Thompson and her family -- Mama June; daddy Sugar Bear; and sisters Chickadee, Chubs, and Pumpkin. Sure, this show is a train wreck, and some even say it exploits the self-described "redneck" family. (Are we laughing with them or at them?) But the show's matriarch does have some words of wisdom. In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, the Mama of four said, "If you're not having fun with your kids and making memories -- that's what it's all about in the end." Who'd have thought Mama would give us some food for thought?

"The Bachelorette" (ABC)

We stopped believing this show is about falling in love a long time ago (although Season 7's Ashley Hebert's recent wedding has us hopeful again), but this summer's season -- starring single mom Emily Maynard -- had us really rooting for nice guy Jef Holm. Too bad Holm's engagement to Maynard ended amid of bevy of lies and cheating accusations. Still, we went along for the ride, on dream dates to London, Prague, and Curacao and drooled over the 3.5 carat Neil Lane sparkler that Holm whipped out on the finale. Oh well, there's still a happy ending: Holm and Arie Luyendyk Jr. -- Maynard's runner up -- are reportedly BFFs now. At least we got a bromance out of it.

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (Bravo)

What a difference a year makes. While Season 2 of this Bravo reality show was really hard to watch -- it debuted just weeks after the suicide of one of the star's husbands and featured the sad, drunken antics of child star Kim Richards -- Season 3 returned with glitz, glam, and Yolanda Foster. Does the classy wife of mega Grammy winning composer David Foster have enough good aura to counteract the negative energy between Adrienne Maloof and Lisa Vanderpump? That remains to be seen. But seeing these ladies attend a dinner party that isn't from hell is a breath of fresh air.

"Breaking Amish" (TLC)

This controversial show about five Amish and Mennonite 20-somethings who move to New York City was slammed by critics for not appearing authentic, but that didn't stop curious viewers from tuning in to watch them get tattoos and go to strip clubs. During the show's reunion special last month, cast members admitted that they'd all at one point "snuck out" from their strict communities before being on the show, but they insisted the show was real. Here's hoping TLC doesn't shun a second season.

"Celebrity Wife Swap" (ABC)

Maybe it was just because we wanted to get a sneak peek inside some posh celebrity homes, but ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" had us at hello. Our favorite swap? It had to be the wives of rapper Flavor Flav and rocker Dee Snider. The Twisted Sister frontman's wife, Suzette, was in tears over Flav's lack of family time. "You don't care what anybody else feels ... anything! You care about you!" she screamed at the hip-hop legend. Flav left the show with a greater appreciation for his fiancé, Liz. "I'd rather have my wife than her," he said of Suzette. Sounds like he made a public enemy.

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