Being Bobby Brown

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Being Bobby Brown
StarringBobby Brown
Whitney Houston
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producer(s)Bobby Brown
Frances Berwick
Rachel Smith
Tommy Brown
Tracey Baker
Wanda Shelley
Production location(s)Atlanta, Georgia
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)B2 Entertainment
Brownhouze Entertainment
Original networkBravo
Original releaseJune 30 (2005-06-30) –
December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)

Being Bobby Brown is an American reality television series that debuted on Bravo on June 30, 2005.[1]


The series depicts the life of R&B singer Bobby Brown, his then-wife, singer Whitney Houston, and their family. The program showcases the family's home time, along with shopping at the famed Harrod's of London (where they met with the owner Mohamed Al-Fayed), and vacationing in the Bahamas.

The program ran on Thursdays, but on occasion aired several times through the week. The highly rated show ran for only one season as Houston did not agree to a second season; thus, Brown and Bravo could not reach an agreement to continue the show.[2]


No. Title Original air date
1"Brown Family Vacation"June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30)
2"The Past Is the Past"June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30)
3"Creatures of the Forest"July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07)
4"At Home with the Browns"July 14, 2005 (2005-07-14)
5"Happy Mother's Day"July 21, 2005 (2005-07-21)
6"Parenting 101"July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28)
7"Bobby Does London"August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04)
8"Lights, Camera, Bobby"August 11, 2005 (2005-08-11)
9"Bravo"August 18, 2005 (2005-08-18)
10"The Clip Show"August 25, 2005 (2005-08-25)
11"Christmas with the Browns"December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)

DVD release[edit]

A spokesperson for Bravo has told various news outlets that the series will be kept in the Bravo archives and will not see public light again.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Houston popularized the phrase "Hell to the no" on the series and was nominated for a VH-1 "Big In '05 Award" for "Quote of the Year". This phrase also appeared on T-shirts. The Soup television series also featured Houston loudly shouting "Kiss my ass!" as a running gag, naming it its "Clip of the Year".


Entertainment Weekly gave the series a grade of "B" and commented on how relaxed the couple is with the cameras filming their every move.[4]

One reviewer, Barry Garron, wrote that "'Being Bobby Brown,' the reality show spotlighting the R&B singer whose rap sheet might be longer than his catalog, is undoubtedly the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television". Garron and other reviewers noted that the show contained remarks regarding sexuality and excretory functions, and Garron opined that the show robbed Whitney Houston "of any last shreds of dignity."[5]

Despite the perceived train-wreck nature of the show, the series gave Bravo its highest ratings in its time slot.[6]


  1. ^ "Bravo Series Uncovers the Ups and Downs of "Being Bobby Brown"". Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Brown Reality Show Cancelled". SFGate. January 10, 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Whitney Houston's Legacy Is In Bravo's Hands". Huffington Post. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ Flynn, Gillian (7 July 2005). "Being Bobby Brown (2005)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  5. ^ Garron, Barry. "'Being Bobby Brown' is disgusting". TODAY. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  6. ^ Rogers, Steve (October 31, 2005). "Report: Bravo's 'Being Bobby Brown' coming back for second season". RealityTV World.

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