Are reality shows on television not so reality?

United States
March 17, 2011 3:02pm CST
The reasons why i ask this is because it seems to me that epopel live a certain way without having company or camera taping them. Once the video taping starts, I ffel the actions aren't so genuine and real. When reality shows first hit the air waves, I was pretty excited due to thought of getting a look into other people's lives to see real life situations. was sort of wrong. The actions seem to be created based on the mood of the day or based on an event of the day. I also want to point out that it seems if the show is not full of drama, it's not considered good. Let's admit to the desires of wanting to watch people have screaming matches, throwing and breaking things, cheating and lying on each other. These types of situations seems to draw attention. Although it keeps us interested, it's really sad to watch people going through situations while were on the other end of the television thinking, well you could of should of did this or that then you wouldnt be in that situation. Thank goodness they eventually work through them without anyone getting killed. To me I think when a cast member makes a situation worse than what it already is by not thinking rationally about other person's feelings. the parties involved see to throw more oil to the fire by doing the unexpected. i feel this is not so reality because the audience is not getting the real responses from these people. It seems like they are trying to entertain more than give the audience a look into their life. The cast members try to give what the audience wants 90% of the time. Usually, at the end of a reality show season, there's a reunion special show where they all sit on a sofa to discuss past events and situations of the shows and I noticed one main thing about all of them and that is that each once are all accused of not being themselves during taping. All the cast members have gotten their feelings hurt once or more times. Too much un-needed drama. Broken families, friendships. I"m not saying all reality shows should be happy go lucky ones or that they should try to be happier but stay true to yourselves, stay loyal to family and friends you have known for years. keep situations fair that may arrise because in the ned, those cast members ight have a nice lup sum but was it really worth loosing the people closests to me while exposing your family?
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@Iram786 (498)
19 Mar 11
Yup, most of the reality shows these days such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Jersey Shore have scenes that have been acted out and are unreal. If you think about it, how many people have something new, wild and exciting happening in their life everyday? I doubt there's many. People don't naturally fall out with their friends or have loads of bad things happening to them every single day. But then if they did just live out their life as it happened, reality shows wouldn't be as interesting and there would be less viewers. The main reason they do this is to provide us with entertainment and keep us watching. But usually there is only little bits that have changed, most of the time alot of it is real, so you shouldn't think it's all made up because it might not be.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Mar 11
I only watch Dancing with the Stars (and that only minorly) and Survivor. Other than that...but I see SO MANY these days it is getting out of hand, I think. I mean, they are from loosing weight, to finding a husband/wife to racing for prizes to being the best cook/chef to interior design and baking cupcakes! I think on the food ones...they make them so so so complicated and involved in such a little amount of time that they only have time to show the mishaps and problems..I want to see HOW they are making what they are making. The stress level is off the charts and that just isn't much fun to watch. It is like they don't care about the baking...just who can stand up under the massive stress the best! Suffice to say...I don't enjoy them much anymore as I have enough stress in m life, I don't want to watch others go through it! Where's the fun in that? But I think they are getting to many, to often, and to outrageous that I'd be willing to bet, they are soon to be ending...just haven't seen what they'll replace them with. Wish it was family theme funny sitcoms, but that is probably hoping for the sun to rise in the west!
@LeighB (700)
• Thailand
18 Mar 11
Reality tv...The worst thing to ever hit the entertainment world. Who really wants to see wanna-be actors screaming, throwing tantrums, mud slinging, etc. It is obvious that it is all staged beforehand and that studio executives prime one of the participants to be the vilian, trouble maker, loud mouth (whatever) because whichever reality programme watched they all seem to have the same formula and outcome. So who is fooling who. All I do know it is cheapm to produce, takes up air time and makes tv companies a lot of money.
• Mexico
18 Mar 11
Hi texas gal: I feel disappointed about these shows too. When I watched my first reality show it was nice but now I think they are fake. They use scripts I think. They have the same fights, there's always a dramma character, their reactions are sometimes overreacted. As you have mentioned there's always a theme of the day. And for me they are usually disgusting. I stop watching them. Thanks for asking us this question. Have a nice day. ALVARO
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
17 Mar 11
i don't think they are real. it makes a good show however. we want to tune in to see how everything goes. real life is much more real. we shouldn't base our lives on these shows in my opinion.
@dodo19 (34005)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 Mar 11
I wouldn't say that everything is part of their reality. Some probably is, but not all of it. In some shows, we might be able to see more reality than other reality shows, but I still don't think that all of it is part of reality.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
17 Mar 11
I think very little of the reality shows are actually reality. In the very beginning maybe. But as soon as television producers figured out how much the ratings jump at the train wreck and drama of these people's lives, they helped it along. I've seen interviews of people from the reality shows that say things didn't really happen like that. On the set of the Real World one of the producers put something in someone's bed or something and it started a big fight between the cast members because the one cast member thought the other one did it. There have been phone conversations also that the cast have said didn't happen like the show it. They will show two different phone conversations and make it seem like the people are talking to each other but they really weren't. I think also any person who wants to be famous now is using the route of reality tv. If they can create a unique personality that is full of drama and grabs people attention, then their 15 minutes of fame is extended. Just like The Situation from Jersey Shore got to join in on the roast of Donald Trump. His jokes were terrible and he looked really stupid, but he got to be on there. He even has a book out. I wonder if their families are embarrassed by how crazy they act, especially with all the drinking and sleeping around.