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Are You Ready For The 'Best Funeral Ever' Reality TV Show?

by Sergio
January 4, 2013 9:03 AM
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Best Funeral Ever

I don't know about you, but I'm getting the queasy feeling that this new TLC reality show is going to be all kinds of ratchet.

I'm talking about their new reality show Best Funeral Ever which premieres this Sunday on the network. The program was originally supposed to premiere on Dec. 26, but the network pushed back the premiere because they thought it was in bad taste to premiere the show so soon after the Sandy Hook shootings - as if that was going to help.

The show chronicles the wacky going-ons at the black owned Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas, and, already, according to the description of one funeral seen on the show, it's going to be something quite special.

In one episode you'll get to see a funeral where "the casket's shaped like an oversized grill used for smoking meat and the pallbearers are wearing crisp white aprons and chef's hats. Live pigs squeal and run amok, while a fountain spits barbeque sauce instead of chocolate, perfect for dipping freashly cooked ribs."

I'm telling you, ratchet with a captial R. Maybe Soledad O'Brien should have covered it in one of her Black in America specials. 

Here's the promo for the show:

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  • undertaker | June 19, 2013 10:47 PMReply

    I am a license funeral director/ embalmer I have worked@ this establishment please believe this is not real. Due to health reason the father John beckwith SR who owns the funeral home don't have much say about how things are ran.

  • starry118 | January 6, 2013 1:09 AMReply

    What in thee world...

  • david | January 6, 2013 12:40 AMReply

    Get your money but I have literally never heard of anything like this in my life. I'm not saying that its not real but its very hard to believe....AAAANNNNND its now a show! Hmmm

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 7, 2013 7:02 PM

    David, I'm Dallas born and raised. It's real. lmbao

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 4, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    This is full of win. j/s

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 4, 2013 5:22 PM

    Oh, yeah... D-Town, stand up! But my mother specifically stated she would not be caught dead (every pun intended) at Golden Gate -- so don't memorialize her there. Check! LOL

  • ALM | January 4, 2013 9:34 AMReply

    I have unfortunately attended quite a few funerals, and I am chocolate all the way. I grew up in the church my entire life. Never in my life have I seen anything like this. I am convinced that these folks did this (i.e. using a grill as a casket) just for this show. I am putting TLC in the category with Oxygen, using the "throwing any crap at Black audiences to increase ratings and revenue dollars" model. By the way, how many people work at this funeral home? They shot the opening just like "Say Yes to the Dress", with the "manager" conferring with the staff at the beginning of the day's "work". Also, is the manager driving a bentley, but the other manager has the nerve to have teeth missing? SMH

  • Say What? | January 5, 2013 12:08 AM

    actually there is an ethnic group in Africa (Ghana, and i think maybe Nigeria too) where the deceased is buried in a casket shaped like some item from their life. Like, if the deceased was a fisherman, his casket may be shaped and decorated to look like a fish, etc.

    See African art caskets here:

    So maybe the people featured on this show will not be Black American but some ethnic group from Africa. Sounds like a very wierd and unique show.

  • Ghost | January 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    I live in Dallas and this is very common for that funeral home. It is family owned and I have seen about 10-15 employees. They have 3 locations and yes they drive bentleys. Every funeral is different-the only thing that is the same is how the men carry out the body on their shoulders as they are taking it out after the funeral. What you see is what families request. So what you see is something the family of the deceased wanted. What you see is a rarity.

  • Aaron | January 4, 2013 9:10 AMReply

    This is so embarrassing, I live in the Dallas area.

  • D.A. | January 4, 2013 12:14 PM

    I went to school near the Dallas Metroplex for about 3 years, and I've been all over the south as well. Now, you would think that after knowing about the Jazz funeral that the buck would stop there. But knowing that in Texas they like to "Do it Big" I really can't say that I would be surprised by this. Trust me when I say that even though I haven't experienced this during my time in Texas, It's not too far fetched.

    And I agree, TLC and Oxygen are trying desperately to attract more African-Am viewers with shows that border on ratchet (Becuase it obviously sells). I personally feel it all started with OWN's trial and error with the success of 'Sweetie Pie's' (Which I feel has more substance and comic relief than the manufactured ratchet-ness of today's reality shows), seeing that OWN, TLC, Oxygen target the same demographic. But if you really wanna get to the root of it then look no further than VH1's current success, they've been manufacturing ratchet since 'Flavor of Love'.

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