Jessica Ellis
May 29, 2016 8:53 am
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Quinn, Rachel, and the whole cast of UnREAL are at last coming back to us, after blowing the doors off The Bachelor mansion last year with their inside look into a very familiar reality dating show, this time called Everlasting. If you somehow missed this feminist juggernaut of a show last year, you’ve got just over a week to catch up! Here’s all the reasons why you NEED to see season one to hit the ground running with these power-playing ladies.

It’s perfect if you love/hate The Bachelor

One of the biggest misconceptions about UnREAL is that it thinks women who buy into the fantasy of reality show love are dumb, but one of the best storylines in season one is how Quinn, the merciless, cynical showrunner of Everlasting, turns out to have a soft spot for cheesy romance when it enters her own life. Admit it: we all want to be the rescued princess just a little bit, and the show never denies that that’s an issue that feminist, smart women deal with. So if you love The Bachelor but know somewhere in your heart that it’s also a teeny bit problematic, UnREAL will embrace you.

Rachel and Quinn are the ultimate frenemies

We all have one girlfriend who we know, deep down, would stab us in the back to get a promotion, even if she’d also punch someone in the face for bothering us. Quinn and Rachel can be brutal to each other, but only because they respect one another enough to know the other can take it. And when they’re teamed up, NOTHING can stop them.

Rachel is all of us at our most messy

For most of season one, Rachel lives in a grip truck and “showers” via Purell. She also, like so many smart, outspoken women, has a reputation of being crazy. But unlike trope-y women who have it together at work and are a mess in their personal lives, Rachel’s flaws and strengths come through in all aspects, making her seem complex, not just nutso. And in the end, she always wins.

Oh so much guy-candy

Yes, UnREAL is about two dominant women, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some pretty boys to look at while we’re enjoying our girl power. Last season featured gorgeous Everlasting Suitor, Adam, and Rachel’s lot-going-on-under-the-surface ex, Jeremy, and just…enjoy.

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The season 2 preview looks amaaaaaazing

A lot of shows have a sophomore flop, but UnREAL looks like it’s firing on all cylinders. Not only is Rachel flipping the script by leaving her dirty jeans for exec-wear as the new showrunner, but she and Quinn have mounted a coup by casting the first black suitor in Everlasting history (ahem, The Bachelor, that is some shade directly at you, btw.) After this trailer, we can’t wait to get to next Monday!

Season 2 starts Monday, June 6th on Lifetime. Who else is planning on spending the week catching up?

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