What is the appeal of 'reality shows'?

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -
    i'm just curious as to what others think about reality shows. any of them: real world, road rules, big brother, survivor, meet the parents, brides of alaska (or whatever it was called), the mole, temptation island, etc.
    me, i can't stand them. they drive me crazy. if i watch even a few minutes of them i get all tense. not sure why.
    i think it's the fact that i just don't "believe" these people. to me, they're all hamming it up in front of the camera. all of it seems staged. plus, i just can't relate to any of them. tbh, i could care less about them.
    maybe i'm just gettin' old. [​IMG]
    anyway, just wondering what you all think of them.
    ted
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    I think it's entertaining to watch people with different behavioral boundaries than yourself.
     
  3. LarryDavenport

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    I used to watch Road Rules and Real World but now that I am 38 and twice as old as the participants it doesn't hold my interest as much, though I will watch the RW/RR All Stars to catch some of my old favorites (Genesis from the Boston show is going to be in the next one).

    I admit to being a Survivor junky. I particularly like the last 5 episodes of each series when people are really hungry and tired. A bit more "reality" comes out.

    The only other "reality" show I liked was Murder In Small Town X. I wish they would do that one again (btw-the winner was a NYFD firefighter who died on 9/11 at the WTC.)

    I've never been able to stomach more than 30 seconds of Big Brother.
     
  4. MickeS

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    "The Mole" shouldn't even be in that list. It's a game show set outdoors.

    /mike
     
  5. Jack Briggs

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    I've never watched a single one of these things. All I know about them is what I read in the papers and here.
     
  6. Patrick Sun

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    But, Jack, would you watch Big Brother if CBS broadcasted it in HDTV? [​IMG]
     
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    You're honor, I object! [​IMG]
     
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    The Amazing Race, why? Because it's the least reality show possible, it's all about the race

    The rest of them are extremely stupid, just people looking to backstab each other.

    Pretty soon we'll have The Running Man (book version), wasn't someone (Ben Affleck/Matt Damon?) developing something like that, where someone tries to get from point A to point B without being caught?
     
  10. Art Martinez

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    I gotta agree with Jeff. I love The Amazing Race out of all the other reality shows out there. Granted, I have not watched many of them, with the exception of the random Survivor episode.

    What I love about Amazing Race is that it does not rely on popularity or alliances. The team that gets to the check point last, is eliminated. Also, while some of the tasks do take some amount of physical conditioning it is moderate to low. It is more important to think and have some sort of strategy. (Do you take an early flight that has one or two connections, or a later flight that is direct.) Knowledge of a foreign language, or at least being able to navigate other cultures is also helpful. I can't wait for Oct. 2nd. This is when the new season is supposed to start.

    PS. Does anyone know if The Amazing Race will ever be released on DVD? I would really love to watch these shows again. Thanks in advance if anyone can help.
     
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    In general, I think they all suck pretty much, with very few exceptions. Here's what I think of the only ones I've watched. Based on my bad experiences with these, I have learned to stay any from all others.

    Real World:
    I followed the first two seasons of Real World. I was very entertained by both. By far the best experience I've had with "Reality Shows". They were by far the most sincere, honest and revealing of all. Two seasons were enough for me though.

    Survivor:
    I did watch the second half of the first season of Survivor only because everyone and I mean everyone was talking about it. Half of the first season was enough for me.

    Big Brother:
    I forced myself to watch 30 minutes of one episode in the first season, once again only because everyone was talking about. Once bitten, twice shy? I tried again to watch an episode this season. I could only stomach 3 minutes. I do not understand this show's appeal or popularity at all.

    7 Lives Exposed:
    I admit it. I watched the entire first season of this. In case you didn't know, 7LE is porno reality show. It seems to be one of the most scripted/staged "reality" shows there is. The sex on the show ain't that hot either. Following the guy named Curt was very entertaining. He claims to be this big time stud, right. He lives in this house with all the free luvin he can get. Nice looking chicks too, no dogs at all, but he can't "perform" in front of the cameras.

    The Amazing Race:
    My mother basically begged me to watch this one once. That was enough for me. I love you Mom but......

    The House: I think that's what is was called
    My mother begged me to watch this one once too. That was too much for me. I love you Mom but......
     
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    "The Mole" shouldn't even be in that list. It's a game show set outdoors.

    They are ALL game shows of one form or another. The Mole however just has a lot less tension, mostly because of the way people exit the show (their own lack of observational skills rather than being voted out by others). Incidentally I like this much better than the politics of Survivor. The Great Race as well appealed to me, because it was up to the skills of the racers on how they placed rather than being voted out as well.

    And ultimately this is why I watch the shows. I like game shows, and like rooting for a particular player and hoping they win.
     
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    I think people like unscripted TV shows for the same reason they respond to "Based On A True Story" - even if the situation is clearly being manipulated, the audience seems to respond when they know that the drama they're seeing isn't totally at the service of a writer's fiat.

    I never liked the term "reality TV" - "unscripted" or "ultra-game show" always worked better for me. The only one I really make an effort to watch is "The Amazing Race", which is just great television: Mostly likeable "characters", exotic locations, top-notch production values, and fun adventures. What's not to love?
     
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    hmm....nice to hear other's opinions. thx! [​IMG]
     
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    Actually, shows like The Amazing Race are like college, in terms of how the participants get further in the game, it's about performance/skills/smarts to reach certain goals/destinations ahead of your competitor.
    Shows like Survivor and Big Brother are more like high school, where you had to play the socio-political game to get along or be the outcast.
    And everyone knows that life is more like high school than college. [​IMG]
     
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    I think the appeal of watching "real people" as opposed to actors is because it's fun to make fun of them for stupid things they do and say. An actor does something because it's in a script, so you can't really judge them

    One of the reasons I always liked watching The Real World with my friends was to sit there and be amazed at some of the people's personalities. If you knew them in real life, you'd probably just think things to yourself but because they are on TV, it's "ok" to rip on them.

    I know this sounds really catty, but I really think people like watching these shows because it gives you carte blanche to say things about certain personality types you'd have to just grin & bear in real life.
     
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    There is a certain intrigue in watching social train wrecks on a weekly basis. [​IMG]
     
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    I forgot, I also wath The Amazing Race. :b
     
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    [​IMG] I was just thinking about posting this when i clicked the TV/HDTV Programming link..
    Anyways, yeah i dont find reality shows entertaining at all.. But alof these reality shows are also half game-shows as well.
    The only one thats kept my attention was Meet my Folks... I dunno why, but i enjoy it... I hear the Mole is a good show, so im gonna chcek it out sometime..
    other than that, i find reality shows boring.. i dont watch game shows much thouhg..
     

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