'The Buried Life': A Bucket List for the MTV Generation

What would you do if you only had one day left to live? If the 20-something guys of MTV's The Buried Life (Mondays, 10 PM ET) live into average old age, they have about 21,900 days left. Thing is, they've got 100 things on their to-do list. And many of the items take a lot of planning. So they're starting tonight. 

Jonnie, Ben, Duncan and Dave (and a camera crew) are setting out to accomplish dreams both silly and serious. Some are relatively easy (like #3: Get a tattoo, or #29: Scream at the top of your lungs). Some are a little far-fetched (like #15: Get on the cover of Rolling Stone, or #100: Go to space). Some are sweet (like #27: Give a stranger a $100 bill, or #71: Take a kid on a toy shopping spree). Some are puerile (like #66: Camp at the Playboy Mansion, or #58: See a dead body).  

In an early episode, where they tackle #41 (Make a toast at a stranger's wedding), the guys already seem to be in over their heads. It's just plain unnerving to watch these unseasoned college kids as they try to infiltrate a random, high-society wedding in Dallas. You can't help but cringe when they're caught; they don't have James Bond's gift for reacting with charming lies. (And really, who does?) So they are unceremoniously expelled from the festivities, and it's just embarrassing.  

At the same time, seeing them fail is a bit of a relief. Imagine a high society, southern bride: A picture perfect wedding is probably at the top of her list of things to do before you die. These guys almost ruined it.

But they try again—at another stranger's wedding. This time, though, something remarkable happens. After three of them get kicked out of the party, one manages to remain undetected. He grabs the mic, toasts the bride and groom, and even tells them he loves them. The camera pans to the bride and groom, and you wait with bated breath for the anger, the tears, the protests. ("How could you make a mockery of my most special day?!") But instead, the pair smile and shrug. The bride, drunk on love, throws her arms around her groom and laughs. They don't know this guy, but they're too happy to care.

It's a wonderful moment, and it reflects the overall vibe of this show. Life is short, so get out there and enjoy it.

What do you want to do before you die? 

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