By the fourth season of The Hills
, you just know what kind of treats you’re going to have in store for you. The spin-off show from reality television hit Laguna Beach
, The Hills
focuses its attentions on Lauren Conrad. Conrad became one of the stars of Laguna Beach
, yet here she’s centre-stage, as her adventures in Los Angeles continue.
Season four of The Hills brings together 20 episodes of what is effectively real-life soap opera. Following Conrad and her new friends, we get strained relationships, romantic entanglement, parties, and the talk of a wedding too. All of it is inconsequential nonsense, of course, that doesn’t even offer a passing relation to the kind of reality that many of us could relate to. But for escapism? Ah, that’s where The Hills comes into its own.
For you can throw whatever criticism you like at the show: The Hills is slick, glossy and entertaining. There’s an argument that it’s not as much fun as the three seasons that preceded it, but the chances of not getting value for money out of this box set are nonetheless really very slim. And with a departure on the cards, it paves the way nicely for the currently-in-production fifth season, too… --Jon Foster
The Hills is back for Season 4 and the girls are beginning to make big decisions that will set the course for the rest of their lives. Lauren is struggling to balance the tension between her roommates Audrina and Lo and has started dating Doug, an old flame from Laguna Beach. Just as Audrina considers letting her boyfriend Justin go, and begins to date another guy, Justin turns up the heat in their relationship, leaving her torn. Whitney rises up the ranks at People's Revolution much faster than she expected and meets a model in New York who could possibly sweep her off her feet. And as Heidi is dealing with the consequences of putting her job at risk to move in with Spencer again, she invites her sister from Colorado to come in for an indefinite visit, putting even more pressure on their renewed relationship. Life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before.