Steve Wilkos was well-known before he got his own show. He handled rowdy guests on The Jerry Springer Show as the head of security. Known for his great stature, baldness, and intimidating presence, it was only natural that he would host his own show.
The Steve Wilkos Show takes itself very seriously, which throws me off as a viewer because the guests are over-the-top; their problems are real, bizarre, and nothing like you could imagine in your own life.
The thrill of The Steve Wilkos Show is (no wonder) Steve. He is a firm believer in ‘tough love.’ He spends much of the show getting in the faces of the guests, throwing chairs across the stage, and swearing. His demeanor separates the show from the countless imitators in the genre. Watching the show is like watching a fight about to happen, except for an hour.
The Steve Wilkos Show is not meaningful television. It is a guilty pleasure. Is it a boom or a bust, though? The answer is easy: it is a boom. Put aside your prejudices for education television for an hour and allow yourself to indulge. The Steve Wilkos Show is unusual enough to warrant tuning in, but familiar enough to become a mainstay of daytime television.
Verdict: Boom. A must see.
Photo taken from Steve Wilkos Show Myspace