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    TV Critic’s Corner

    Reality TV: the name game

    “Humongous Moves’’
    Smithsonian Channel
    “Humongous Moves’’

    It all started the first time I heard the title “Pawn Stars.” From that moment on, I’ve wanted to be a namer of reality TV shows, in the same way I’ve always wanted to be a namer of paint and nail-polish colors. Those reality folks come up with some wonderfully awful titles, shamelessly employing twisted bon mots and double entendres from hell. Here are a few prize winners.

    Shakiest Pun

    “Walk the Prank” on Disney XD

    Most Likely to Double as a Line in “Wizard of Oz”

    “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Food Network

    Most Likely to Be Confused With a 1980s Hit Single


    “Expedition Unknown” on the Travel Channel

    Timeliest Twist

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    “Fear Thy Neighbor” on ID

    Most Unintentionally Violent

    “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network

    Most Likely to Be Misunderstood

    “Unprotected” on Oxygen, about a former crime family

    Best Internal Rhyme

    A Tie: “Help My Yelp” on the Food Channel and “Cosplay Melee” on Syfy

    Most Appealing to Jam Band-a-holics


    “Booze Traveler” on the Travel Channel

    Best Unintentional Double Entendre

    “Naked and Afraid Pop-Up Edition” on Discovery

    Biggest Boston Panderer

    “Wicked Tuna” on National Geographic

    Size Queenliest

    A Tie: “Ginormous Food” on the Food Network and “Humongous Moves” on the Smithsonian Channel

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.