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10 things we should thank 'The Hills' for on its 10th anniversary

Ten years ago today, The Hills premiered on MTV, and it was a gift to my generation. Wrapped in a shimmering sheen of questionable editing and dusted with the essence of a low-grade Sex and the City, the spinoff series continued one woman’s journey from her beachside plight in Laguna Beach to living in the Los Angeles fast lane. Ah, it feels like it was yesterday.

Let’s be real (unlike the supposed reality series): Sometimes the drama was fiery, sometimes it was lukewarm, but it was always brimming with iconic moments that are still unforgettable and unmatched by any show on television to this day. Although we might not have understood it at the time, The Hills and its borderline tragicomedy was a phenomenon to be thankful for.

Whether you were Team Lauren or Team Heidi (a small but mighty bunch of contrarians, surely), you can’t deny that The Hills left a lasting legacy that will forever impact its loyal viewers. In honor of its decade of existence, here are but 10 things we should thank The Hills for on its tin anniversary.

1. “Love is not a maybe thing.”


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Say what you will about the actual reality behind the reality series, but there was no faking Lauren Conrad’s sage knowledge. In its time, The Hills was a tome of previously untapped wisdom. Between Paris-gate and the never-ending saga that was Lauren vs. Heidi, The Hills taught us a thing or two about life and love. Where would we be without the inspirational musings of beleaguered Los Angeles twentysomethings? Honestly, before Lauren Conrad said the words, “Love is not a maybe thing,” did any of us even realize that love is, in fact, not a maybe thing?

2. Speidi

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For better or worse, The Hills left us saddled with one of reality television’s most inane power couples in Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Their relationship seemed doomed from the get-go, and it was difficult to watch without imparting opinions. (But we know how that went for LC …) Proving us all wrong, Heidi and Spencer still live in wedded bliss. Love them or hate them, we have all encountered Speidi, and our lives are different now.

3. “You know what you did!”

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It was the feud heard around the world, culminating in the infamous nightclub shouting match. Drink in hand, Lauren screamed the definitive quote at Heidi, and the rest is history. The most compelling feud in late-aughts reality television (aside from Paris and Nicole, obviously) became a major turning point in the series and the former BFFs would never reconcile. But we can still be selfishly grateful for the good television that came from their friendship divorce.

4. All the tears

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One thing the cast of The Hills was good at — beyond being undeniably interesting and taking direction from producers, that is — was crying. Those girls shed enough tears to bring an end to the current drought in Los Angeles. Whether it was boy problems or roommate friction, Lauren and co. were known to cry a few crocodile tears. And they are the GIFs that keep on giving.

5. Lady Gaga?

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Lest we forget, before Lady Gaga set the world ablaze with her poker face, she graced the cameras of The Hills first. Yes, one millisecond prior to her pop-music ubiquity, Lady Gaga appeared on The Hills and was aided by Lauren (who Gaga dubbed “superwoman”) and Whitney during a fashion emergency. Should we be thanking The Hills for Lady Gaga in general or for her glorious interaction with Lauren?

6. Whitney

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Among a cast full of big personalities, there was Lauren’s Teen Vogue sidekick, Whitney Port. She, of course, snagged Lauren’s Paris trip and landed a spinoff of her own. But Whitney was criminally underrated during her tenure on The Hills. She was the true definition of a ride-or-die best friend and was largely unfazed by the drama. She even let the cameras in when she got her wisdom teeth removed. Not to mention, she fell on national television and lived to tell the tale. Whitney was the real hero of The Hills.

7. All of Kristin Cavallari’s comebacks

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Once Lauren Conrad bid adieu halfway through season 5, Kristin Cavallari was invited back to fill the void. Losing Lauren was tough, but damn did Kristin bring a new fire to the series. She has been outspoken about the smoke and mirrors behind the scenes, insisting that she considered The Hills an acting job. Whatever the case may be, Kristin’s cutting comebacks were classic and deserve their own celebration.

8. Fashion and music

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The Hills ran during an admittedly weird time for pop culture, and thankfully it was all documented on camera. We essentially have a time capsule of the years 2006–2010. Every fashion statement Lauren Conrad ever made? Documented. Every popular song fit for a dramatic transition? Soundtracked. All hail the 102 episodes of Ashlee Simpson bops and cringeworthy headbands to look back on.

9. “I want to forgive you, and I want to forget you.”

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Despite its alleged contrivance, The Hills could get batsh-t crazy. Like Audrina dating Ryan Cabrera crazy. Like Audrina dating Justin Bobby crazy. Like Lauren throwing daggers with her words crazy. When Lauren was involved in a fight, she wasn’t afraid to call someone (Spencer) a “sucky” person or redefine the meaning of “forgive and forget” for an estranged friend (Heidi). You simply can’t script dialogue that amazingly scathing.

10. Lauren Conrad

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She told us to like everyone and trust no one. She was the object of envy of every teenage girl trying to duplicate her effortlessly wavy hair and flawlessly winged eyeliner. She loved and lost in friendship and romance and showed us the way. Lauren Conrad, out of all the awesomeness that came with The Hills, is the real prize. With her fashion line and multiple lifestyle guides, she’s still showing us the way. If Hannah Horvath of HBO’s Girls is a voice of her generation, so is Lauren Conrad. And she didn’t even need to go to Paris.

All six seasons of The Hills are available to stream on MTV.com.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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