Reality Tv Shows...

United States
January 17, 2007 1:44am CST
Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents supposedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. Although the genre has existed in some form or another since the early years of television, the current explosion of popularity dates from around 2000. Most documentaries, and other contents such as the news and sports, are viewed as more legitimate than recent reality shows offering little more than wild theatrics. I can say that I to once was a big fan of such reality shows such as the Real World, The Mole, and Road Rules, but as time has gone on, I slowly started losing interest in any of the supposed reality television hype. Mainly because I believe most of them don't make a bit of sense and most only involve a bunch of college aged kids bickering. And particularly didn't care for ones that were basically set up for couples to cheat on eachother. In which I am pretty sure in the everyday jest of things normal couples wouldn't put themselves into that sort of situation. I do however understand that most of it is just for entertainment purposes, but why call it "reality" if the show doesn't really involve much that has to with reality?
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4 responses
@Lifez2short (4969)
• United States
2 Oct 07
OMG! I loved the show The Mole. I kinda wish they would bring that show back. As far as other reality shows. I love Hell's Kitchen and Flavor of love. Thanks for bringing back a few memories.
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• United States
2 Oct 07
You're welcome! :) I to wish they would bring back The Mole, but I think it would take a minor miracle to get it back. It seems once a network takes something off the air, it's final and never to return unless they are having a problem with coming up with new programming.
• United States
2 Oct 07
Yeah you are probably right.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
I understand your question but I think the term 'reality show' started when the format involved more everyday people in various forms of 'real life' situations rather than using totally scripted formats, movie sets and actors. So yes, some of what they put out may not be 'reality' for those of us watching...but the Amazing Race, Survivor, The Apprentice are real people living within a reality that showcases the reason they are there. Anyway, that is just my perspective and understanding of the term. Raia
• Canada
8 Jan 08
You are welcome...it is good that we both have some time to do that right now. Jerky computers..oh I hate that...especially with game playing. As the games require more power it happens...and then the cha-chaing comes! Anyway, good discussing most anything with you...from Chinese food to reality shows...we are doing good here! Raia
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
15 Jan 08
You got that right, I work with people who love watching 'I love New York' --- please tell me where is the reality in that show. All of these people need a firm grip on reality and they are not even close to touching it. I think they are terrible.
• United States
15 Jan 08
I think I need to get off the computer and start watching television more..lol! This is the first time I have heard of the show I Love New York. So can't really comment on it, but from the way it sounds, sounds like it may be right up there with the Real World and Road Rules. Or, maybe when I get a bit more time will look to see if I can find an episode I can watch online. Right now in the midst of getting dinner prepared for the family, and usually when it's done cooking, I get off the computer for the night. Thanks for your response! :)
@mensab (4206)
• Philippines
7 Jan 08
you call those show the right name, hype. it is about selling more and raking profits. the trend now in television is reality shows. that's what makes producers and tv stations make money. and they will keep on doing that so long as they make money out of it. although they bungle the idea and concept of what is reality, they will not care.