For better or for worse, the world of reality television has seen an influx of shows set in the Boston area during the past few years. Some have become hits, like Donnie Wahlberg’s “Boston’s Finest,’’ while others have floundered, like VH1 ‘s “Jersey Shore’’ rip-off “Wicked Single.’’ As the latest shows based in the area — the Wahlberg family’s “Wahlburgers’’ (pictured) and Southie’s “The Fighters’’ — celebrate their premieres, here are a few fictional Boston-centered reality series we’d love to see. Yes, we’ve made up these plots, and we’re curious if you agree with us. Weigh in at this discussion forum.
‘Class is in Session with Mayor Menino’
Former mayor Thomas Menino has ditched local politics for a turn at academia now that he’s set to be a professor at Boston University. Considering how fun it was to watch his time in office, documenting his tenure teaching college students would make for must-see television. Watch the hilarity ensue as Menino tries to keep a rowdy class in order or as he delivers a lecture filled with Boston sports gaffes.
‘Southie Parking Wars’
You’ve seen A&E’s “Parking Wars,’’ which follows traffic enforcement officers as they ticket and tow cars to the chagrin of angry motorists. But what if a spin-off show was set in South Boston? “Southie Parking Wars’’ would take the series to a new level, showcasing all the chaos that comes with parking in Boston — especially during the winter. Neighborhood disputes over space savers and shoveled-out spots has all the makings for television gold.
‘A Brady Story’
’’A Brady Story’’ is like TLC’s “A Baby Story,’’ but a bit more posh. Actually a lot more posh. The series would follow Boston’s favorite football family as they raise their three adorable children while balancing their lives in the limelight. Wouldn’t it be cute to see Tom take his kids to work on the gridiron? Or how about seeing Gisele ride around with her one-year-old on an ATV? Oh wait, that one happened already…
Bostonians know all to well the amount of frustration that comes with riding on and waiting for an MBTA train or bus. It’s time the world knew our stuggle. “T Time’’ would follow locals as they deal with the daily delays and chaos that’s become the norm when traveling on the T. Like our favorite subway sytem, the show never airs on time!
While I’m sure fans would rather see Boston’s favorite bromance reunite on the silver screen (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as the dynamic duo anyone?), bringing the masterminds behind “Good Will Hunting’’ to the small screen would be equally as entertaining. Inspired by Ashton Kutcher’s “Punk’d,’’ a show where Damon and Affleck prank Bostonians at their favorite old haunts would be hilarious. You’ve just been Daffleck’d.
‘Survivor: Castle Island’
Considering that cast members are usually sent to virtual paradises with warm sunny weather, the “Survivor’’ reality series doesn’t really seem so tough. But what if it was set in a harsher environment, say, Castle Island in the dead of winter? While the area isn’t really an island, surviving “Survivor: Castle Island’’ would still be a bit of a challenge.
‘Pups and Papi’
The Red Sox super star may already have a reality show already in the works, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have more than one series on the air (just ask the Wahlbergs). Recently, David Ortiz was spotted at the Sundance Film Festival posing with rescue dogs to help promote Pedigree Brand’s new documentary-style campaign. If a spin-off series featuring Big Papi rescuing area pups was ever created, it would easily be the most adorable Boston based show on television.