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The Un-Reality of Reality TV

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by mreposter, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. mreposter

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    Is anyone else out there getting turned off by all the "reality" shows taking over tv? Maybe I'm in the minority, but most of this stuff is garbage. Yeah, they get ratings, but at some point I'd think people would start tuning these shows out.

    Bickering housewives, obviously staged events, contestants/participants encouraged to act like spoiled brats, its all just so phony. But in a world of 200 channels, they draw what amounts to a large audience these days.

    Last year, one of my once favorite channels - History - saw a huge increase in ratings. Was it from a 12-part series on the Chester A Arthur administration? an in-depth exploration of the women's suffrage movement? Nope. Ice Road Truckers and Pawn Stars. Arrrrrrrrrgh!
     
  2. Devo1237

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    I've been turned off by them for years. The only "reality" show I have ever enjoyed watching is The Amazing Race, which is more like a sporting event than a reality show in my mind.

    The worst is those shows like the Kardashians where everything is so obviously scripted. They hire writers who can't write for actors that can't act, and somehow people still watch. This is what the Mayans predicted...
     
  3. dave29

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    I agree, most of these shoes are horrible and you can easily tell it is all staged.

    I do watch Pawn Stars, I know it is fake, but I like seeing some of the staged items brought in and a History lesson given. They obviously know what is being brought in ahead of time and they either do their homework, or are given information about the said item.

    Way too many fake reality shows out there right now. The sad part is, you can easily tell they are fake.
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    That's why I call'em Fakeality.

    Ain't nuthin' 'real' about 'em.
     
  5. Drucifer

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    The reality shows I can't stand are those base around individuals or families.

    Shows with a business-like atmosphere - Pawn Star, America Pickers, American Restoration, Storage Wars are fun and somewhat interesting.

    The reality competition shows are watchable, but of little interest to me.

    The adventure one like Ax Men are also somewhat interesting.
     
  6. Scott Kocourek

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    I think we found something we agree on. I would add shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race are more like extended game shows to me and I do quite enjoy them.

    The Housewives, Real World and Jersey Shore are all shows I am proud to say I have never watched.

    I figured I would put my opinion in here because every "reality show" thread I start someone has to pop in and tell us all how stupid the shows I like are. :)
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    I never got into reality shows in the first place.
     
  8. spartanstew

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    As others have stated, there's different types of reality shows.

    I like Axe Men, Black Gold, Amazing Race, Survivor, America's Got Talent, COPS. etc.

    I won't watch what Wikipedia refers to as DocuSoaps (The Simple Life, Hogan Knows Best, etc.), Lifestyle Changes (Celebrity Fit Club, Trading Spouses, etc.), Makeovers (Extreme Makeover, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, etc.), or Dating (Bachelor, Meet my Folks, etc.) type reality shows.
     
  9. BosFan

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    I always considered Cops, at least the first few years, to be the only true reality program. Otherwise none them really keep my interest, unless American Idol is a reality show.
     
  10. klang

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    I don't know if the contests on Food Network are considered Reality TV but that's as close as I get. Never watched any of the other stuff.
     
  11. dave29

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    I used to like Black Gold too. It seems to be somewhat staged anymore....
     
  12. spartanstew

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    Bummer, I actually missed the last season (I think, not even sure when it is on/coming back - or is it on now?)
     
  13. Laxguy

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    Has there ever been a so-called reality show that isn't staged to some degree or other?
     
  14. Alan Gordon

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    I watch:

    "American Idol," "The X-Factor," "Dancing With The Stars," "Rachel Vs. Guy", etc. I am also going to try "The Voice" this year.

    I enjoy some of the competition shows. I'd rather be tortured than watch the other kinds... :eek2:

    ~Alan
     
  15. dave29

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    It's been on for several weeks. Not worth watching anymore. Pretty fake.
     
  16. Laxguy

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    Are competition shows nearly universally considered "reality shows"?
     
  17. spartanstew

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    Weird, I could have sworn I searched for it a few weeks ago and just searched for it again. All I get are some VOD.
     
  18. mreposter

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    I sometimes watch Top Chef on Bravo and Chopped on Food Network, but I'm more interested in how inventive they are with creating great food (hot chilis in ice cream!?!?!?!) than I am in any drama between the personalities.


    I think they get lumped in now since so many of them are designed to highlight the characters of the contestants. Old style game shows were about the game (Jeopardy is a modern classic) where the contestants were pretty much inter-changable.

    Some people trace the origins of the modern "reality" genre to the first season of Real World on MTV. It was a groundbreaking show, and since nothing like it had been on tv in a long time, the participants were more "real" on camera than today's highly staged and scripted reality shows.
     
  19. Alan Gordon

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    Yep... :rolleyes:

    ~Alan
     
  20. Laxguy

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    Ah, thanks. But that kinda means "An American Family", eg. The Loud Family- It was a PBS show in 1973- that's often cited as the first reality show- gets pushed to the back burner. The "Real World" didn't air till about 20 years later- so, yes, not done for a long time!
     

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