Guys, the time has come for us to take a look at Bravo, the favorite network of the women in our lives. This week we will be checking out four programs; three you’re going to like and one, well, probably not so much.

I’m like Don Vito Corleone in that I like to get the bad news out of the way, so we are going to tackle the hardest subject first; at some point you are going to have to pay your girlfriend back for watching all those hours of ESPN, SPIKE, and Velocity, this means you are going to have to watch an episode of Real Housewives. I’m not sure how you feel reading this, but my pulse just quickened a little and my forehead has grown a tad damp, but we will get through it; all that is required is some clever planning.

Check your TV listings, figure out when Real Housewives of New Jersey is on, pop some popcorn and invite your significant other to join you on the sofa for the next hour. Why do I suggest the New Jersey based show rather than any of the others? These housewives are by far the least annoying of any of the iterations of this program, and the men on the show are actually engaged in the lives of their families, and they seem to be regular guys, just like us. I promise you won’t regret taking the time to watch something your other half is in love with and the good news is the hard part is over, the rest of the programs I will be recommending this week you will thoroughly enjoy; oh, and if you happen to like The Real Housewives of New Jersey don’t be ashamed, but maybe keep it to yourself.

What is it: The Real Housewives of New Jersey follows the lives of five women and their families who live in northern New Jersey, the program is in its fifth season on Bravo. New episodes premiere on Sundays at 8 PM.

Survival Tip: Make sure you only offer this invitation when a NEW episode is coming on, Bravo will often run several episodes back to back, and your partner will sit through them all, if you don’t want to get stuck for the next three hours watching this program, take my advice and double check the listings.

 — John Morton