About a two months ago, I started watching a TV show called Gene Simmons Family Jewels, on A&E. I have fallen in love with the Simmons family and I am starting to believe they are one of the last sane families left in America. Yes, he's Gene Simmons, of Kiss fame, but I never really was a big Kiss fan. I mean, everybody liked Kiss, it was like a rule of some kind, and the bat guy, Mr. Simmons, was my favorite character, probably by default. By default, I mean I wasn't really sure what the other guys were.
When I decided to check this show out, I was already somewhat familiar with two of the main characters. Gene Simmons, as I've described above, and Shannon Tweed, the actress, and Playboy Centerfold. But, I really don't think of Shannon Tweed as a playboy centerfold, but more of an actress. Seems she was in a bunch of movies, and she did a stint on Days of our Lives, as well. Probably scared the shit out of Deidre Hall, the raining queen of daytime TV. Maybe she is, I don't know, as I don't watch soaps anymore. Too many people keep showing up that have been dead and buried for quite some time now. But, I digress...
What absolutely amazes me about this program is the amount of love in this family of four. I don't think fame and fortune plays that much of a role in it either. I do believe Mr. Simmons would be a workaholic on matter what his life's work would be.
Its about the kids. They are so funny, so endearing, so 'un-full' of themselves, it's amazing. They even strike me as being a little shy. And they are funny. Nick is quite the artist in his own right. Sophie is something you don't see very much on
TV these days, period. A young lady.
Maybe its just me, but watching this show makes me feel good inside. Just really, really good. Even the dog has common sense. Yes, Mr. Simmons still likes half-naked women, and hosts things like the porn movie star awards. But what man who is still breathing doesn't and wouldn't?
Here's a clip to get you started.