TLC's 'Extreme Couponing': What the Critics Say

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The new reality show - which premieres Wednesday - follows savvy shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.

TLC's new series, Extreme Couponing, is an extreme split among critics.

The show - which premieres Wednesday - follows savvy shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.
 
THR's David Knowles says executive producer Matt Sharp "has created a fascinating chronicle of American bargain fetishists that is nothing if not extreme."
 
Says EW: "It’s a dorky thrill to watch these people in action."
 
But Salon's Drew Grant says he is "very confused" by the show's concept … and title, for that matter. It makes it seem "like reality programming has run out of neuroses to gawk at," he writes. "Because there are lot of things out there that are EXTREME -- mountain biking, mountain climbing, Mountain Dew -- but cutting out coupons to save some money (or even a BUNCH of money) on shampoo is not one of them."
 
The Los Angeles Times' Melissa Maerz agrees: "We know TV's already given us ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." And Animal Planet's "The Most Extreme." And Discovery Health's "Extreme Births." As well as "Extreme Mardi Gras Cakes" and "Extreme Candy Coasters" on the Food Network Challenge. But seriously, can you just imagine how much more extreme coupons could be?"
 
Nevertheless, the show still seems fascinating. Says Maerz, "We're pretty pumped."
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