Title: Being Bobby Brown
Who: Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina
Season: June – Sept. 2005
Why We Watched: Remember that cat in high school that was the man? He said all the coolest things, had all the coolest friends, wore all the coolest clothes, went to all the coolest parties and could do no wrong? Well, watching Being Bobby Brown was like a front seat into how that guy from high school turned into the guy at the high school reunion. Heavier, slower, married with children and less interesting to the point of not seeing how he was interesting in the first place.
The show centered around Bobby and the day-to-day life as a man married to Whitney Houston, raising their daughter and his many other children. But somewhere in between Bobby’s brother, father and his cigarette and beer filled trip back down to Earth, the show had an interesting side-note when it came to Whitney. Everyone kinda of expected hood-rat behavior from the boy from the mean streets of Boston. But the flawless, ever-classy star of The Bodyguard whose sh*t didn’t stink was suddenly showing an attitude as funky as one of Bobby’s bathroom trips. Between turrets –flavored outbursts of cursing, and hood-style yelling, Whitney seemed less like an icon and more like the aunt who calls for you from the window with a Black-N-Mild in your teeth while getting her hair hot-combed in the kitchen in between her spades game and sips of her wine cooler.
If you looked past Whitney inviting herself on a camping trip, what you saw was a wife who enjoyed being up under a man you’d think she had nothing in common with. What the show helped us see was a seasons worth of goofy little couple moments that sustained the marriage through the drama that made the front page. For better of for worse, Whitney was just as raunchy as Bobby. Guess the two had something in common after all.
Impact: Being that one of the biggest surprises of the shows was Whitney’s inner-hoodrat running wild on the screen, it was really no shock when she walked away with the show’s most notable quotables. “Kiss My Ass!!” hit Youtube like one of her singles while “Hell-to-the-no!” became a Whitney Houston catchphrase.
Aftermath: Though the show received incredible ratings, Bravo would not move forward on Season 2 of Being Bobby Brown without definite involvement from his superstar wife. When Whitney opted to chill, it but the second season on ice.
Tami Roman Says: Oh my goodness. When I think about that show all I can think about is Whitney Houston saying “Hell to the naw!” That is my mantra. When someone is getting on my nerves that is the first thing that comes out of my mouth. We got to look at them and see how much they loved each other. Whitney opened up her life to us. Even though it was called Being Bobby Brown, all I remember is Whitney. Those people that know Whitney know she’s from Newark, NJ, so we know she had that rough side in her. She was America’s sweetheart but Newark streets are rough. I honor the fact that she was able to come from Newark and have the entire world fall in love with her.