Rattled: TLC show tackles reality of Parenting: Year 1

Ah, the joys of parenthood. And oh yeah, the epic life disruption and anxiety and sleep deprivation too, let's not forget.

Rattled, the new TLC reality show (premieres on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 10:00/9:00c) won't let you forget for a second, my friends.

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Rattled takes us on a journey through the first year of parenthood with four different couples from around the United States. So basically it's Not Teen Mom, with the requisite mix of heartwarming stories, reality show-driven drama, and then the actual really real stuff that comes from, you know, actually going through the process of childbirth and then living through the first year as new parents.

In this clip, you really do get run the gamut.

Or perhaps I should say run the gauntlet. But better yet, both may apply.

"When we found out it was pure joy and pure terror all in one instant," a woman says, and then laughs nervously. Cut to voice overs with the likes of, "We're having a baby," and then, "We are expecting quadruplets." CGI follows this up with text running on the screen to the note of: "Life is about to change forever." Yeah, I'll say.

We then get a great many mini-scenes of what we're in for in Rattled Season 1. After the rounds of, "It's gonna be a wake up call," and, "I'm not really prepared," we finally see a scene of a woman going into labor, followed by a smash cut to an ambulance lighting up its siren.

We then get into the challenges that new couples face. "The elephant in the room we're ignoring is how we're gonna work," we hear to emphasize the point. The family dynamics are also brought in: fighting in and around the delivery room, arguments over how the baby's religious indoctrination, that kind of thing.

Probably the most dramatic moment is when we see, via one of those night vision-type cameras that are just perfect for capturing those late night reality show moments, a mother trying to coax a crying baby back to sleep. The father announces, "I need to sleep too." "You're selfish!" the mother fires back (not really helping with the coaxing of the baby back to sleep). And that's where the reality TV got pretty real, I'd say.

Perhaps appropriately, the premiere episode is entitled, "Ready or Not, Here Comes the Baby." The folloed up episode is called, "Quadruple Trouble." Queue the Scooby Doo, "Ruh roh!" voice.

By Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader"

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