Two spoilt rich C list celebrities exchange their pampered life for that of farm hands whilst we watch with embarrassed interest as to how they and the real locals with cope.
Reality television shows have become ten a penny, but this 'posh girls work on the farm' series adds a little life and flair to the flagging genre.
The joy of The Simple Life is that neither the ridiculously spoilt Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie strutting through cow dung like fledgling drag queens nor the rednecks with the dubious pleasure of employing them seem to be quite sure who the joke's on. Which means we can laugh at all of them.
If you have nothing else to do, it is not the worst of its genre.