The broadened TV landscape means that you don't necessarily have to follow the herd when it comes to programming your DVR.
But while you're proud to tell your friends that you're devoted to "Mad Men" or stumbled across a cool CNN report, you'd probably prefer not to advertise your full viewing roster.
You know what shows we're talking about: The ones that make you feel like a smug voyeur, appeal to your inner 12-year-old boy or girl, horrify you with their freakiness or possibly help your brain atrophy.
We present to you some of the best in such programming, Zap2it's guilty TV pleasures of 2009.
2008's Hidden Gems
2007's Guilty Pleasures
Zap2it's Year in Review