I don't watch "reality tv"

@khayshenz (1387)
United States
July 4, 2009 1:55pm CST
Except for basketball games, which I don't consider reality tv - but whatever. And some discovery shows, which I consider documentaries than reality tv. However, I do consider American Idol and Dancing with the stars and America's got talent reality tv - because they are popularity contest and most of the time, the judges are really "playing" characters to rise some kind of response from their audience. Any other reality tv shows (Jon and Kate, MTV shows, etc) I think it's all scripted, and not even REAL. For those reality tv watchers - why do you watch Reality TV?
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16 responses
• United States
5 Jul 09
I can't stand reality t.v. I like to watch either something i could never do or something not possible or even something on like the discovery channel like deadliest catch that is actually reality. I don't think any of the reality shows are real that what makes them so freakin stupid.
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@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
The deadliest catch is real - they even showed when one of the boats sank and the bodies were floating on the Bering Sea. And when I went to Alaska, I got to see their gear and some of the boats. And most shows in the Discovery and Nat.Geo. are DOCUMENTARIES - they're there to inform and educate.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
5 Jul 09
i watch american idol sometimes because i like to see if the contestant can sing. i watch dancing with the stars if i can not fine anything else want to watch on tv.
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@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
HA! I've never sat through an entire season of American Idol, believe it or not. The only Idol I know is the first season winner (and I don't even remember her name!). Dancing with the stars - I watched a couple of shows when I used to live at my parents house. Now that I don't live with them - I don't have to watch it. YAY!
• Philippines
5 Jul 09
I love reality TV, especially the Amazing Race. Amazing Race has three franchises as of present - USA, Asia, Latin America, and Israel. I have seen USA and Asian versions and I like them both. I'm dreaming of being part of that race soon, and my language speaking abilities could help me. I speak more than 2 languages, which can be helpful if the show goes to a destination where people does not speak much of English (like China). I really love that show. I used to like American Idol as well, but now, I am not interested in it anymore as the show is just the same every season, there are not much twists.
• India
5 Jul 09
I hate the reality TV shows, because as you said they are all unreal. I have noticed that people act differently on the stage and they are different people when they are off stage. I do not know if that is for real real, but it sure is stupid that they go about showing their lives on TV. I do not have any objections with Talent shows, unless they have been scripted, but some of the reality shows look pre planned. bourne
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Bourne huh? Any relations to Jason Bourne? =P Anyway - I agree with you. How much of it is truly "real," I wonder. Thanks, Bourne. P.S. They're still lookin' for ya! ;-)
• India
9 Jul 09
Yeah.. They are still looking or me. I keep relocating every week. They are not so talented you see.. Another thing I hate about reality shows is that people get so engrossed in them that they fail to realize it might be fake. They believe that it's true and that they are so impressed by it too that they tend to change their lives like the characters on the shows. bourne
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
19 Jul 09
I don't like American Idol, I think it's fixed anyways and I can't stand Simon lol. I do like America's Got Talent though. I think I like it, because there are so many different characters and different acts. They have magicians, dancers, singers and all kinds of stuff. I think it gives people a chance, who might have a unique talent that doesn't fit into any categories. I also like that there is no age limit, little kids or seniors all have the same chance of being picked. Other than that I don't like reality shows either.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
20 Jul 09
For some odd reason American Idol just totally turned me off from all "talent" shows. I don't know why that is. I guess I've become more judgemental, so to speak, about those talent shows. Anyway, thanks for your input!
• United States
5 Jul 09
I watch reality TV shows like Wipeout. I like watching people look stupid, ha ha. I admit to also watching all the crappy VH1 reality shows, even though I think half of them are scripted. Usually, there is nothing better on that can maintain a shred of my interest. If there is, I'll watch something non-reality, but it's rare. I also like reality crime TV shows, such as The First 48.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
The First 48 is raw - I think it's more of a documentary than reality. I've seen some shows, and I must say that those guys work VERY hard to ensure justice is served. Thanks!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
5 Jul 09
Well, I don't watch much tv at all, so I surely wont waste it on "reality" shows. I never got into them and most likely never will. They are so far from real that it's pathetic...
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
VERY far from real. EXTREMELY pathetic. Thanks for the comment! =)
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• India
5 Jul 09
for me its opposite..!! mostly i loves to view reality shows... because mostly they shows the original character of a person ,of a celebrity.. this can change our thinking about a particular person... [b]Keep lotting....keep earning.... byee...[/b]
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Like I was saying - which part is truly "real" and which part scripted? How is that gonna "change" your thinking about a particular person when they're wearing a mask/pretending?
@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
5 Jul 09
me too, i don't really watch reality tv, because it seems fake. I just wonder how can poeple act normal in front of the camera man, or with other people around you. Somehow, when you with people you not familiar with, you tend to watch what and how you behave, or you tend to really exaggerate so that you can get attention.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Another GREAT point. Not only is it heavily edited and scripted, people will react differently if no one is truly watching compared to if someone is watching. Or if the entire nation is watching (via cameras of course). Thanks!
• United States
5 Jul 09
Wow thats really interesting. It seems really hard now-a-days to not watch reality shows on t.v. I mean their everywhere its crazy!! A lot of people say that its not even reality anymore, just scripted. I just watch it because they seem interesting and give me something to do.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Mylot will give you something to do - and make some mooolahhh doin' it. So why not do that instead? It's more productive! Thanks for comment!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
4 Jul 09
i do like to watch what not to wear and have watched it for years. i also like to watch some canadian reality shows such as canada's worst driver and canada's worst handyman but as for the other ones, i think they are a waste of time.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I've seen what-not-to-wear - and it's very informative. I think it's more educational/documentary than those dramatic "real life" ones. Thanks for the input.
• United States
4 Jul 09
i watch reality because all the good shows r getting cancled. so i had to check out wat everyone was liking so much about these shows. so 3 years ago i just started watching n i loved wat i saw! it was some wat interesting n i could relate. n some just so entertaining like i'm thinking i can't believe this is happening the first time i seen dating shows. i think it was gross how they all kissed one person....but um yeah i got addicted to reality shows right after i seen my first one i think it was called flavor of love. u should really check it out.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Hahahaha - thanks but no thanks. Tried 'em. Never liked 'em. Good for you though, at least someone is benefiting from them, yes? Thanks!
• India
4 Jul 09
Hi friend, I think your definition towards reality show is little wrong. Those shows you are excluding from reality show those are all reality shows. But, I got your question, you are talking about those talent hunting reality shows. You think those shows are all scripted, then i want to tell you that you are right to some extent. Those shows are not all scripted but some portion are scripted for the entertainment of the people. As you know all TV shows wants to increase their TRP, so the have to attract people to watch their show. For that reason they have to script some portion of the show to make it more entertaining so that more and more people watch this show. But those acts that are performed by all the participants are all real. I watch real TV shows because it truly shows talents that are contained in that country and it also helps in searching the talents and give them a initial platform...
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Well, I don't think my definition is "wrong." I wouldn't call anyone's opinion "wrong" because after all, aren't we all entitled to OUR OWN opinion.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I never watch reality television myself. I'm too busy with my own reality of Life to care what other people can or cannot do
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
hahahahaha - I like that! "I'm too busy with my own reality to care for other people." I really like that. =) Thanks!
@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
4 Jul 09
in reality i don't know the shows called reality shows as well!!Normally i found them really false and give strange models and fomat of tv too!!i think in many cases people like it because are grotesque nromally and so they have fun to watch it!!i nevr understood them and so i never really involved in it or followed them with interests...in many cases i think they are really stupid so if i see some show like that i will turn off tv too!!
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I don't think they're "normal" or "real" at all. I do agree that life is dramatic - but I don't think it's LIKE THAT. I feel like they either exaggerate or they "turn down" the drama. I don't know! It depends I guess.
@OConnell87 (1046)
4 Jul 09
jon and kate is real but little bits have to be scripted like when they are saying next on jon and kate plus 8, how do you script having 8 children and get them to say lines..its real. However some mtv shows like laguna beach although the characters and their lifes are real it does say at the beginning of the programme that some scenes have been made for the purpose of the tv
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I agree that you can't make 8 little children "say the lines" but I do think that the show is HEAVILY edited.