Remote Patrol: "The Buried Life"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The new reality series "The Buried Life" is MTV's socially conscious counterbalance to their usual depravity (I'm looking at you, "Jersey Shore").

Inspired by Matthew Arnold's poem of the same name, four Canucks in their early twenties cross the country in a ramshackle bus, crossing items off their 100-item bucket list. And somehow, they manage to help someone in need with every completed task.

With the list consisting of things like crashing a red-carpet event to ask Megan Fox on a date, the crew needs altruistic deeds to offset all the jackassery.

The selfless stuff - raising money for underprivileged students to get a computer, sending a girl to visit her mother's grave - is nice, but it often feels set up and self-congratulatory.

On the most recent episode, the gang finds a woman willing to let the boys "help" deliver her baby ... on Craigslist. I find it hard to believe someone would let four strangers witness such an intimate moment without MTV's prodding, but then again, it is Craigslist. And they don't so much help as film their preposterous facial expressions during the birth.

The concept here is interesting, and "Buried Life" got the green light from MTV after it became a huge YouTube sensation. But that's where the trouble comes in - the MTV brand comes with heavy-handed melodrama and moments of supposed "reality" that tickle my BS detector.

"The Buried Life"

10 p.m. Mondays on MTV

Grade: D