I Love Reality TV?

Now don’t judge, let me explain. I love Reality TV, you know what is ‘Real’ not some half baked version of reality. Seriously some of this “Reality” TV is not my reality!

Now don’t get me wrong. I know how wildly popular these shows are. I personally do not enjoy watching people backstab, scream at each other and generally act like assholes for entertainment. It’s just not my thing. The ‘reality’ programs I do enjoy are the cooking shows. I have never cooked at that level but I’m fascinated by the people that do. Some of them are average people off the street. I find them interesting and supportive of each other. Yes there are the occasional jerks, but I do try to ignore them and usually they’re booted off the show relatively early.

I even started watching a program, well a game show actually, where they are forging weapons. Seriously! But the passion they show for creating something beautiful and deadly it’s fascinating to me. The other kind of reality I enjoy watching are actually called documentaries. Now that is as real as it gets. I watched a program on the letters Queen Victoria wrote during her more than six decades of reign in England. It was a little bit history, a little romance and a lot a strong woman. That’s a reality I can get behind.

I’m not sure I understand why some of these “programs” are designated as reality when they’re really just live-action game shows. A group of people are put in a box and live together. I have never watched the program so I’m probably not qualified to judge but to be honest I could never get past the ads for them. It simply looks like a group of people who want to see who can be the meanest or the most obnoxious to gain a questionable prize. I probably don’t understand the concept.

I did watch for a while the game show where people are deserted on an island but when it deteriorated into ‘how badly people can treat each other’, I lost interest. It was fascinating to watch the culture of the island as it was often interwoven into the contest. But that too became unwatchable.

When was the last time you saw something absolutely new on TV.   Everything seems to be a remake of a program from decades ago, even the movies. And then when something interesting does pop up it shows up on other channels with different actors but a similar premise. Have we grown so stale, so jaded that we can’t handle innovation? I find it amusing when I’m watching a show and enjoying it only to recognize something I saw in my childhood in the new program. I guess each new generation has to experience what we did in the entertainment field. Perhaps if we didn’t continue to live so long we wouldn’t be noticing all the rehashes.

Still I watch what’s on TV, some I enjoy some I don’t. And I think I’ll keep watching the reality TV that I enjoy. Parfait anyone?

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16 thoughts on “I Love Reality TV?

  1. scifihammy

    I don’t watch TV any more! I used to watch some of those reality shows too, until they fell into bickering. Mind you, TV in SA (if you don’t have satellite) is pretty dismal.
    But if you enjoy something, what’s the harm in watching it? 🙂

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  2. Dan Antion

    I’ve followed a couple of the family-business reality tv shows, until they became more about the family and less about whatever thing they used to do. when I get really tired of current TV, I toss my Twilight Zone DVDs back in the player, regress about 55 years and watch some quality stuff.

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  3. sweetk8

    I don’t watch any TV. 🙂 We haven’t had a TV in years.
    We do occasional series binge through:a live stream via computer –
    I took a ceramics class this year for the first time in a long time. At some point the instructor asked me if I was watching the BBC series : Pottery throw down. It’s a group of ceramic artists competing against each other – I told her I didn’t watch TV….After my instructor asked me multiple weeks if I was watching the show, I finallly decided to look for it online and see if I could watch the episodes on my computer. They are there- easy to find. I only watched the first season so far. If you like seeing people making creative stuff under pressure, you will like this show. As a hobby ceramist I really enjoyed it and learned some new things I might be able to try myself! 😉
    As for ‘reality tv’ I find it boring & predictable. When I lived in the US I did watch Project Runway for a couple seasons. At first for the creative inspiration of the designers then to see what Tim Gunn would say. He became the highlight of the show at some point so I knew it was time to move on from that 😉

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