"When the show premiered in January 2013 as an offshoot of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it was a gift," says Kate Aurthor of Lisa Vanderpump's Bravo reality show. "A reality show about the depthless, dramatic lives of a group of friends who worked at the West Hollywood restaurant Sur; all of whom were pretty but not too pretty, dumb but not too dumb; and who lived in the thrall of the restaurant’s owner Lisa Vanderpump — truly, what could be better? There wasn’t a decent human being in the bunch, and it was thrilling." But in recent years, Vanderpump Rules has gone downhill. "What I do know is that Vanderpump Rules is now dreadfully dull — if not actively terrible," says Aurthur in offering eight reasons why the show has been circling the drain.