The Houstons'  Train Keeps Wreckin'

By Sue Smith 11/29/12

Same family, same struggle, new generation in the reality show focusing on Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Bobbi Kris's genes are stacked against her.
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Some saw Being Bobby Brown as one of the best, if shortest-lived, reality TV shows of the last 10 years. The Bravo trainwreck followed Brown, Whitney Houston and their then-pre-teen daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in Atlanta. Now celeb-reality fans will rejoice as Lifetime's current show—The Houstons: On Our Own—further documents the life of Bobbi Kris, now 19, and her family while they struggle with their grief over Whitney's death. Unfortunately, Bobbi Kristina’s coping mechanisms are pretty dangerous. And watching people struggle with addiction proves just as heartbreaking-but-compelling as it did in Being Bobby Brown. Bobbi Kristina slurs her words, falls asleep at family functions and gets rushed to the doctor’s office for “dehydration.” Lifetime tastefully opts to show her vomiting on-camera. Then there's her Lohan-y smoker’s voice, her engagement to her "brother" and her Tootsie Pops diet. Grief is hard to handle at any age, let alone so young. But Krissy’s strategies could be killing her.

To say that alcohol and drug abuse are in her genes is an understatement: Whitney Houston of course overdosed in the Beverly Hilton last February (the scenes when Bobbi Kristina drives by that hotel are chilling); Bobby Brown just got his second DUI in 2012 alone; even her uncle Gary has a past history of struggle. When the family confronts Bobbi Kristina, she isolates. Her aunt even flies in her “spiritual mother” from South Africa for guidance. (Toni Luck has the best line of the entire series: “Girl, you gotta stop pouring vodka on your Cheerios.”) But the family pushes her further away. As Bobbi Kris says, “They judged mom and look what happened. She’s dead.” Oy.

The Houstons: On Our Own airs Wednesdays, 9 pm EST on Lifetime.

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Sue Smith is a comedic actor and writer in New York City. Sue has written and starred in tons of videos, including "Your Vagina Can Save the World," and "Juggalos: Are They a Gang?" Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, xoJane, Brokelyn, VICE and other, less trendy, publications. You can find her on Linkedin of follow her on Twitter.