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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is an American reality television series on TLC, featuring the family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. Thompson and her family originally rose to fame on TLC's reality series Toddlers & Tiaras. The show is primarily filmed in and around their rural hometown of McIntyre, Georgia. Cast and premise: In addition to Alana, who was six years old when the first season was filmed, the show features her stay-at-home mother, June "Mama June" Shannon; her father, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson, a chalk miner; and her three sisters: Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, and Anna "Chickadee" Shannon (12, 15, and 17 years old, respectively, in the first season). Anna Shannon gave birth to a daughter, Kaitlyn Shannon, in the first season finale. The first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo aired from August 8 to October 26, 2012, and was followed by four specials airing in early 2013. The second season debuted July 17, 2013, and concluded on September 11, 2013. The second season featured preparations for the wedding/"commitment ceremony" of June Shannon and Mike Thompson. For the second season premiere, TLC distributed "Watch 'N' Sniff" cards, allowing viewers to release scents correlating with specific scenes. It was announced on September 20, 2013, that TLC had ordered a twelve-episode third season and three specials. The third season premiered on January 16, 2014, and concluded on March 6, 2014. Ratings and reception: The series premiere episode attained a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic, attracting 2.2 million viewers. The series was one of TLC's highest-rated shows in its first season. The August 29 episode, airing on Wednesday night during the 2012 Republican National Convention, attracted almost 3 million viewers and scored a 1.3 rating among 18-49-year-olds, the highest rating in that age group for any cable program that night, though about 20 million in all were watching the convention. Fox News convention coverage was second in the time period with a 1.2 rating, followed by NBC coverage with 1.1. In September 2012, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was renewed for a second season. Criticism: Critical reaction to the series has been mixed, with some characterizing the show as "offensive", "outrageous" and "exploitative", and others calling it "must-see TV".The A.V. Club called the first episode a "horror story posing as a reality television program," with others worrying about potential child exploitation.James Poniewozik mostly praised the show, but criticized the producers for "the way that the show seems to assume that those viewers will look at this family and the world." A reviewer for Forbes criticized TLC as trying to "portray Alana's family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason-Dixon line," stating that "it falls flat, because there's no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff."The Guardian also criticized the attempt to portray the Thompsons as people to "point and snicker at," saying, "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." The Hollywood Reporter pronounced the show "horrifying", explaining: You know this show is exploitation. TLC knows it. Maybe even Mama and HBB know it, deep down in their rotund bodies. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a car crash, and everybody rubber-necks at a car crash, right? It's human nature. Yes, except that if you play that card, you also have to realize that human nature comes with the capacity to draw a line, to hold fast against the dehumanization and incremental tearing down of the social fabric, even if this never-ending onslaught of reality television suggests that's a losing effort. You can say no to visual exploitation. You can say no to TLC. And you can say no to Honey Boo Boo Child. Somebody has to. TV Guide's "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue commented, "Jeers to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for existing. Alana Thompson and her family have lowered the TV bar to new depths while introducing viewers to the terms 'forklift foot' and 'neck crust.' In a word, ewww." June Shannon herself has been criticized for her daughter's diet, which includes "Go Go Juice", a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that contains as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. The drink is used to get her daughter ready for pageants. Shannon has responded to this criticism, saying. "There are far worse things...I could be giving her alcohol." Praise: Out praised the show for Alana Thompson's attitude toward her gay paternal uncle Lee "Poodle" Thompson; Thompson stated, "Ain't nothing wrong with bein' a little gay." Out noted the show's "clear message of equality" and said that Alana's acceptance of her gay relative "confounded" the stereotype of the "redneck" working-class, Southern white female. June Shannon has been praised by Mother Nature Network for her "keen business sense" with which she feeds her family on $80 a week by clipping copious coupons, playing bingo, exploiting roadkill, and acquiring child-support checks from each of her four children's fathers. Prior to the show's second season, Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said the show "feels as real to me as the Great Depression images shot by the WPA photographers" and praised the "solid--if un-or-tho-dox--family values". Parodies: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been lampooned by the animated TV series South Park, in its season 16 episode "Raising the Bar",MAD, in a short called "Here Comes Yogi Boo Boo" and an online spoof uploaded on CollegeHumor called "Precious Plum". Episodes: Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 1 10 August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08) October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26) May 7, 2013 June 10, 2013 2 12 July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17) September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11) TBA TBA 3 12 January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16) March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) TBA TBA Specials 7 January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06) TBA TBA TBA Season 1 (2012): No. in, series No. in, season Title Original air date Production code U.S. viewers, (million) 1 1 "This Is My Crazy Family" August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08) 101 2.25 2 2 "Gonna Be a Glitz Pig" August 8, 2012 (2012-08-08) 102 2.14 3 3 "She Oooo'd Herself" August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) 103 2.05 4 4 "I'm Sassified!" August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15) 104 1.94 5 5 "What Is a Door Nut?" August 22, 2012 (2012-08-22) 105 2.33 6 6 "A Bunch of Wedgies" August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29) 106 2.99 7 7 "Shh! It's a Wig" October 5, 2012 (2012-10-05) 107 2.39 8 8 "Time for a Sketti!" October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) 108 2.15 9 9 "Ah-choo!" October 19, 2012 (2012-10-19) 109 2.15 10 10 "It Is What It Is" October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26) 110 2.75 Season 2 (2013): No. in, series No. in, season Title Original air date U.S. viewers, (million) 15 1 "Mo' Butter, Mo' Better" July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17) 2.83 16 2 "Turn This Big Mama On" July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17) 2.91 17 3 "It's Always Something With Pumpkin" July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 2.05 18 4 "The 'M' Word" July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 2.43 19 5 "Chubby Chaser" July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) 2.15 20 6 "Safety!" July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31) 2.55 21 7 "Runaway Bride!" August 7, 2013 (2013-08-07) 2.01 22 8 "Big Girls Wear Lace-Ups" August 14, 2013 (2013-08-14) 1.89 23 9 "Get Her Chins Vacuumed" August 21, 2013 (2013-08-21) 2.05 24 10 "Lift and Scoop" August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28) 2.17 25 11 "Stress Poops" September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04) 1.96 26 12 "Happily Ever After?" September 11, 2013 (2013-09-11) 3.21 Season 3 (2014): The show was renewed for a third season on September 20, 2013, for 12 episodes, along with three specials that aired following the season. No. in, series No. in, season Title Original air date U.S. viewers, (million) 27 1 "The Manper" January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16) 2.07 28 2 "The Birds and The Boos" January 16, 2014 (2014-01-16) 1.91 29 3 "Familymoon" January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23) 1.53 30 4 "Hubba Bubba!" January 23, 2014 (2014-01-23) 1.58 31 5 "Get a Job" January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) 2.00 32 6 "Funk Shway" January 30, 2014 (2014-01-30) 2.39 33 7 "Monkeys Make Very Good Brothers" February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) 1.91 34 8 "Stand Peein' Up" February 6, 2014 (2014-02-06) 2.02 35 9 "Can I Say *****?" February 13, 2014 (2014-02-13) 1.81 36 10 "You Need Your Thumb to Vacuum Clean" February 20, 2014 (2014-02-20) 1.75 37 11 "Sherlock Poop" February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27) 1.44 38 12 "You're Be Nineteen" March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) 1.99 Specials (2013): No. Title Original air date Production code U.S. viewers, (million) SP1 "A Very Boo Halloween" January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06) 111 3.08 SP2 "A Very Boo Thanksgiving" January 13, 2013 (2013-01-13) 112 2.19 SP3 "You Don't Know Boo!" January 27, 2013 (2013-01-27) 113 1.93 SP4 "A Very Boo Christmas" February 10, 2013 (2013-02-10) 114 1.80 SP5 "Halloween Too" March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13) 313-60 1.92 SP6 "Never Boo-fore Seen" March 20, 2014 (2014-03-20) 314-60 1.86 SP7 "New Years Revolutions" March 27, 2014 (2014-03-27) 315-90 1.91

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