Why TV Is Garbage

Why Isn't There Anything Good On!

When was the last time you were channel surfing and didn’t pass by at least a dozen stations because you weren’t the least bit interested in what they had to offer? If you belong to the group that enjoys Jon and Kate Plus 8, you might want to go up to the address bar and type in TMZ, or just click on another blog to read, because you won’t enjoy this one.

When exactly was it that television decided to scrap the idea of programs that are truly entertaining and/or actually make you think for yourself? I believe the beginning of modern reality TV was The Real World. In 1991, (long ago, when they played music and long before “The Hills”) MTV had an idea to put together a half a dozen twenty-something roommates living in luxurious digs in New York City. MTV was truly ahead of its time. They had stumbled across the formula that most “reality” television shows follow today: young, sexy males and females + confrontations involving every possible controversial situation = Train Wreck Television. These controversial situations include, but are not limited to: sex, infidelity, race, fighting, religion, eating disorders, profane language, alcoholism, drug use, sexual orientation, and a sprinkling of anything else illegal. You may be wondering why I renamed reality TV “Train Wreck Television.” It’s pretty obvious, in that, they hope you are horrified enough to slow down and rubberneck or even pull over and watch. The Real World was, and still is, a huge hit within MTV’s target demographic in it's around the world journey. It's been everywhere from San francisco to Sydney Australia.  The video below doesn't have sound for the first 15 seconds, my apologies...

Diverstiy at Its Finest

Ratings might have had the execs at MTV excited; it was the bottom line that truly had them jumping for joy. You have to actually PAY actors on a sitcom or any other scripted television show. Now while producers tend to push and even re-film situations in reality television, it’s not technically scripted. This means that they technically don’t have to pay the stars of the show, which means more money to go around for everyone else. This is the very reason that most of TV has turned to the reality format within the last decade. It’s become the American way. Fittingly, the new season of The Real World, that will begin filming shortly, is in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

Now reality TV has been around in some shape or from for many decades, there were never more than a couple shows on the air at once. There were a few shows that dabbled with the concept throughout t the 90’s, and it the form was growing slightly, but it never really caught on until just before the end of the 20th century, with Survivor. This is she show that showed the major networks that this type of television could get HUGE ratings. It’s a shame, because I actually enjoyed that first season. It was a unique concept that we’ve all talked/heard about from time to time: getting stuck on a deserted island. It had democracy, games, huge arguments, alliances, confessionals, eating weird stuff, faked isolation from the outside world, prizes, and the last man/woman standing grand prize. Each of these ideas has become a staple of all the current reality show categories. There are a few shows that seem to belong to all of them, but at their core each show belongs to one of four groups.

Game Shows

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional game show. I grew up watching The Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, and The $25,000 Pyramid along with others. I still thoroughly enjoy a large majority of them today and don’t clump them in with reality television. And as I said, I enjoyed Survivor when it first came out.

Simply Thought Provoking

What I don’t enjoy is a dozen or more seasons of Survivor, Big Brother (if Survivor and The Real World had a baby), The Amazing Race, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and America’s Next Top Model. I have no idea who’s watching these shows. Ratings say that millions are every week, so what are the producers going to do? Pump out season after season until they can’t anymore. Stars of these shows are typically fresh faces, not at all like the next category.

Celeb-Reality

A little biased here: I hate these types of shows. These “celebrities” have recently inundated the entertainment market. But that’s the thing, they’re not celebrities you’d actually WANT to watch. If Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise made a show, I’d watch. But instead, Kathy Griffin, Paris Hilton, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan, and Kim Kardashian are all over the airwaves. Turn on E!, Vh1, MTV, Bravo, hell, just about any cable channel, and you'll find your fix of mindlesss celebrity watching.  The Anna Nicole Show can at least be partially blamed for Anna Nicole Smith’s death. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have also blamed their former series as leading to their divorce.

If You Hand Her Spam, Her Head Would Explode

Even though they weren’t really celebrities until the ratings told everyone they were, this is where I lump shows like The Hills and Laguna Beach together. These shows are rumored to be scripted and sure as hell isn’t anyone’s reality, but just like The Blair Witch Project masqueraded around as real, these count as reality. Apparently if you’re the offspring of very rich parents you get to star a television show.

This is also the category where I put the abomination known as John and Kate Plus 8. Currently, you can’t pick up a magazine, go to a website, listen to the radio, or pretty much anything else but hang out in the woods without hearing about this show. Kate is famous because she spit out 8 kids and Jon is famous because he’s the husband. That’s it! Fully-grown women around the nation want Kate’s haircut and US Weekly can’t get enough information about their possible divorce. Why do we care about these people? Why do we care about any of these “celebrities” for that matter? We shouldn't be looking up to or idolizing these people....

What Do You Mean, Exploitation?

Self/Home- Improvement

As it says in the title, there are two definitive subcategories of improvement.

The first of two definitive subsections in this division is self-improvement. Any show involving weight loss, plastic surgery, makeovers (clothes/make-up), rehabilitation, manners, and swapping of family members finds a home here. The Biggest Loser stands head and shoulders above the others. It sort of skews the borders and can be put into any of the four categories. It fits the game show format because there is a definitive winner at the end after an arduous journey, but it can be said that everyone’s a winner due to what it teaches everyone involved. At the center of The Biggest Loser is the great message to get and stay healthy, and that’s a message America desperately needs. What America doesn’t need is The Swan. Are you not happy with how you naturally look? Then just get a ton of plastic surgery until your stretched-out face and body looks how you want it to. Other examples of these types of shows include Celebrity Rehab, Tool Acadamy, Supernanny, and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

Now it’s obvious that the second subsection is Home Improvement. This one’s pretty simple. If your show has someone decorating or renovating/building a home or vehicle, you belong here. The first ever in this section was This Old House in 1979 featuring Bob Villa. Modern incarnations include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, While You Were Out, and Pimp My Ride. Now our final category….

Love Connections

Yes, I named this after the old game hosted by Chuck Woolery. If you’re trying to hook people up on dates, finding them love, competing for love, or anything else similar to that, this is where you go for it. The Dating game pioneered this concept in the 60’s. Producers what confrontation or something to do with sex, it’s basically straightforward for any viewer. This is an old, but relatively limited section.

I also placed the show Cheaters here. Now anyone’s that’s seen it knows there isn’t any love here, but there is a ton of anti-love. It IS about relationships and the instances of infidelity that occur within them. Modern examples include Blind Date, Room Raiders, Elimidate, Next, and Parental Control.  MTV usually dominates this area today, and let's say that brains aren't exactly needed...

That sums up where you put all these so-called reality shows.  We all know these are NOWHERE near reality, but millions and millions of us continue to watch.  One can only hope that this trend is just a fad, but it’s a fad that’s lasted for over a decade now.  It’s infiltrated every part of the very psyche of pop culture.  I crave the not-so-old days of good TV dramas and sitcoms ruling the airwaves.  While they’re not dead, they’re getting harder and harder to find on free television. 

I’ll leave you with this, turn on HBO and Showtime if you’re interested in quality original and scripted programming.  The Tudors, Weeds, Californication, Dexter, Eastbound And Down, True Blood, and Curb Your Enthusiasm are just a taste of what they have to offer.  I swear this is not a commercial for the two cable networks, it’s just “reality” (I’m sorry, ha) that basic cable and network television doesn’t have much to offer anymore.  I’d love for another Seinfeld or Cheers to come along, in fact I’m hoping for it.  For the record, I thoroughly enjoy The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother on CBS on Monday nights.  I’m such a sell out....

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yes, it's bad, really bad.

So I am thinking, hmmmmm - less TV watching - more writing. For me this is the silver lining. (I admit I am addicted to the judge shows, which I am watching as I write this - and Family Guy - but I have it under control). I can't bring myself to pay for cable. In the early days it was supposed to be commercial free - but that's a joke. So I shall write now, write more hubs and maybe short stories and great novels and I have an idea for a screenplay and then I'll become incredibly prosperous etc...yes, this is the good thing about bad tv - we may do something else with our lives. Maybe. 


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Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Wow, skinsman, for a debut, this is really good stuff. I quit watching tv about 3 years ago, also disgusted by the poor offerings, though I, too, enjoyed a couple of sitcoms and actually, liked American Justice and those type of shows about murders. I thought they were well done. You write very well and have put this together nicely. I am a fan.


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

BkCreative- I used to watch a larger majority of these shows than I'd like to admit. Now I seem to have more time on my hands since I do not. I didn't realize how little quality there really was. Maybe I'll just have to write more too.

Connie Smith- Well thank you very much for the praise. Oh how I crave it, ha. I enjoy the real world if I like the cast(VERY occasionally). I watch reality here and there. I think it comes down to people's voyeuristic tendancies...and maybe back to our days in ancient rome. We can give it a thumbs up or thumbs down....mostly down. Again, thanks.


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Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

You said it skinsman! Good television is so so hard to find. I too would like to see a revival of dramas, especially ones that don't have to do with the most bizarre murders you've ever heard of. And that goes for all the hospital dramas too. I get sick of all the sickness.

Any way, I must admit I do like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. At least on these shows the contestants have to have some kind of talent.

Good piece.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area

Wow, you're dead on with this hub, although I must confess- my wife and I still watch Survivor! I agree...everyone seems to be wondering "when will they ever stop"...we wonder the same thing.

But they continue with the seasons and we continue to enjoy watching!


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Cindy Letchworth-Thanks, and you're right, there are a lot of hospital dramas. House is good but I wish they'd switch it up other than the same "ok, he/she has something weird, let's run a bunch of tests then wait for House to magically figure it out."

WeddingConsultant- Thanks. We all get sucked in to shows on occasion. Just be glad you're not on the edge of your seat watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" haha.


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stacies29 7 years ago from Washington DC

Great Hub.


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Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Welcome to HubPages - great hub. I never got into Survivor, even though all my friends were glued to the set when it first aired - I do watch some TV, mostly crime dramas or a good old fashioned murder mystery lol...which are always good for the times my brain is numb and I don't want to think (kids will do that to ya :P)


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

thanks you two. It sure seems like a lot of people like crime dramas. That makes sense. There are 1 or 2 on tv ;-)


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Kim Cantrell 7 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

There is very little major network primetime I watch anymore.  You're right, it's nothing but garbage.  I instead find myself watching TvLand reruns, Discovery, History, etc. - all those channels that just a few years ago I made fun of my parents for watching.

My guess is this: if you're over the age of 25 or older, you're not the target audience.  I gathered that from the fact that my 17 year old son, LOVES all the shows we hate.


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

hahaha....you summed it up perfectly I believe.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

This is a great first Hub. I am biased because I totally agree with you but also because its is constructed so well. UK TV is full of repeats, reality TV and basically crap. Its good, in some ways, to know that American TV is as bad. Sorry


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Nanny J.O.A.T. 7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Welcome to the hubisphere - you sure have started off with a bang! I have to agree with Kim - when we do watch TV it's usually Nickelodeon for the kids or National Geographic or Discovery or something of that nature - or we rent a movie. Prime time is awful!


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

where are all the pro-reality comments. People are watching this stuff...I guess that's why they're not online.


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no body 7 years ago from Rochester, New York

I agree with you all the way.  America has only surface glitz and has not one ounce of quality unless you hunt and peck piece of this show or that this network or that.  That being said, my wife would absolutely kill me if I even thought to turn the TV from "The Biggest Loser" and I seem to have taken a liking to "I Survived A Japanese Game Show".  Now every fan I have will take themselves off my site with one resounding click!!!  Great first hub. You're not going to un-click me are you?


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Debby Bruck 7 years ago

Oh My Gosh! Jessica Simpson: Tunafish. Give me a break. Was that scene on purpose? I really can't even watch these shorts on your page. Sickening. The worst part about TV are the commercial breaks. But, after watching these clips, maybe the commercials are the best part of TV. :-)

I very RARELY watch TV. Complete waste of time.

Good hub!


Iðunn 7 years ago

have to agree. I barely watch tv and when I do it's docos like on NGC or ID or arts on Bravo or A&E, news or movies. I am always behind on which celebrity is who and I couldn't name the Friends, then or now.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I find that when they do put a good tv show on it either gets cancelled after the first season or they shove some other crap in it's place, I'm a great fan of genre shows like lost, supernatural,doctor who to name a few and it is these that I only watch and all the reality shows can just die for all I care, who wants to watch people chat shite all night while they revel in the self importance around the cameras!!!


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

thanks for all the comments. And don't worry "no body," I won't un-click you.


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Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

Very nice hub!  I also hate all these kinds of programmes.  I used to watch Big Brother back when reality TV was still a novelty, but now there's just too much and I'm sick of it. 

And the celebrity market is being flooded with all these reality "stars".  It would be really good if we could turn back time to before anyone realised what a profitable idea reality TV was, and somehow stop it from happening!


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Jon Green 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

Stop the moaning. At least you don't pay the best part of $300 a year licence fee to the BBC!

Really, UK TV is not all it's cracked up to be - and in Big Brother we have possibly the worst reality show ever. Truly, deeply, awful.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

Excellent first hub I look forward to reading more from you


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illminatus 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

Man great hub.. I like your style!


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Great hub and spot on. There is too much garbage on TV. If people keep watching, they're going to keep making a series of that show (which might make sense financially). The sad part is... people keep watching! WTF?! Don't we have anything better to do with our lives?! Every now and then you get a cool show that is a little bit different but they are few and far between.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

If this great first hub is an indication of more to come, I can't wait to read them! You have summed up the sad state of television perfectly.


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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

 

You are right, TV is brain damaging tool. Europeans thinking we are crazy. Good hub. Welcome. 


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travelerhubs 7 years ago from USA

i find myself saying "there is nothing on TV.." more often these days. :-)


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Good points. Months back I transferred my TV set to the living room. Now all I do is go to you tube and pick out videos that really matter to me. Thanks and thumbs up! 


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rosariomontenegro 7 years ago from NEW YORK

Young man, the other day I watched a new show called THE PHILANTROPIST. Not bad at all.

Also, there's New York's CHANNEL 13. Good stuff there. Charlie Rose, the Brits on Saturday evenings, then almost 6 hours of good movies -classics, shorts and indies. And lots of extra ordinary reporting.

That's it. I don't usually watch TV. Oh I'm sorry, I was forgetting 2 men and 1/2.

Don't despair

GREAT FIRST HUB

WELCOME TO HUBPAGES.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Wow super debut into HP I do say :)


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

This is really great start for a hub :) My local TV shows in Indonesia are tiring too, just watch some cartoons with my daughter and local news, another shows are sucks (like never ending soap operas (dramas), boring reality shows, celebrity gossips, and etc). I used to go to Youtube to find the videos I really like and internet of course.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Nice comment about TV in general. I pretty much hate everything on TV, but there are some diamonds in the rough - I suppose. In any case, I transferred my TV from the living room to the closet. I keep it in case of I don't know what, but I do have some videos I intend to transfer myself to DVD, so it may find some use other than taking up precious closet space.


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Katherine Baldwin 7 years ago from South Carolina

I agree totally. About the only thing we watch is local news, mostly for the weather and sports. College and pro football. Big football fans here. Most of the crap that's on TV is targeting what we refer to as "the brains full of mush" audience. But, look at it as one less thing that drains your time. Gives you more time to do important stuff.


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Treasured Pasts 7 years ago from Commerce, Texas

We took to hiding in the travel channel and the food channel but now they are taking the same route. Who wants to watch someone eat cow's eyes or whatever and the newest guy getting bit and stung by anything that will. That's how I want to spend my vacation!!!!!!


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

The only "reality" show I watch is whatever golf tournament is on on Sunday afternoon! Other than that, I avoid reality shows like the plague. Don't understand anyone who does. Puhleese. I rarely turn on the the TV, so when I do I watch something that exercises my brain cells, not dumb them down. To me, PBS, Discovery, and the History Channel are good books that I can watch. Reality shows are right down there with coloring books. No thank you.


kunika 7 years ago

you are so right there aren't any good one but I wud prefer to watch one which gives you instant entertainment like America's got talent or so you think you can dance 2 but never get hooked shows like the bachelor or a bachelorette I really don't understand how the hell they can date so many person at the same time I watch one season than I am done after the Jason Melissa episode.


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Katherine, I too am a HUGE fooball fan, along with most sports. That's the direction I'll be going with my next hub I'm pretty sure. I'm easing into this hubpages thing like an old man into a warm bath. Bonus points to whoever can figure out what sitcom that's referencing, haha.

I didn't realize so many people felt so strongly about this. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to say the least. Thanks for all the comments! :-)


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

Here's one more 'agree' vote on the state of TV. The news locally is about as bad too. I do watch the weather here because it is always changing...! Thanks for your observant, mature, well-done comments! It seems we'll all wait for more good hubbing from you!


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trish1048 7 years ago

Wow, where do I start? I like to watch true crime shows, always a good movie, preferably an old one and two competetive shows, Top Chef and Project Runway. What ticks me off is these channels will come out with some decent stuff, run with it for a few years, then poof! they're gone. I have no use for Jon & Kate Plus 8, am sick of the ad nauseum news about octo-mom, or any of the shows that show families with way too many kids. I just read in the news today a couple in Florida were killed, parents of 16 children. They said it was a home invasion, but who knows? Maybe some nut sick of people flaunting how many kids they have? My thought about couples who feel the need to spit out kids like a rabbit does, is have them, but adopt them out to parents who cannot have their own kids. At least the child would have a much better chance at a good life that way.

Anyway, back to tv. I used to love Third Watch, I felt the acting was really good on that show, so I've taken to recording the re-runs. I also love the old sitcoms, I Love Lucy, The Golden Girls, Cheers. I could watch those a million times and never tire of it.

I also occasionally like a game show or something on one of the discovery channels.

Welcome to HubPages!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I do not watch a lot of TV, but when I do it is not reality. I will watch movies, but the only show I really watch is Heroes. I can't wait for it to start up again! Great Hub! :D


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Great hub, quite agree, TV is rubbish, that's why my entertainment comes from here.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

What Hawdesdream said. I even gave up cable when A&E dropped the mystery series. Now it is hubbing or books.

Two thumbs up for the great hub.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Great first hub!

We are in the TV dark ages, here - just the 4 terristrial channels, BBC1, BBC2, ITV, and Channel 4.


kasanova 7 years ago

good point..that's another reason online communities grow at astonishing rate.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

I like football on Sundays and that Is about It ! TV has been brain pollution for years and MTV Is responsible for dumbing down so many young people their execs should be Imprisoned ! Good hub . So now to everybodys detriment I loiter here at hubpages alot !


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skinsman82000 7 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

haha. you summed it up perfectly for me tony0724. My Sundays are full of football and (gasp!) fantasy football in the Fall/Early Winter. And yes, it's mostly MTV's fault. Or at least they thought of it first...


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Marrow 7 years ago

I agree, but I still get sucked into reality TV


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Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I agree with you that tv is a bore. That's why I hardly watch and I ditched the news too while I was at it. I read a lot instead. Good hub.


Steve 6 years ago

The benefit of these shows, is that you get to find out the IQ of people you are dealing with. If they are fans of this garbage, it is best to give them and anything they have to say a second thought.


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lisadpreston 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I rarely watch television. If I do, I watch Ghost Adventures on The Travel Channel or The History Channel. My guilty pleasure that has me sucked in, is The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Beverly Hills.


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Katharella 4 years ago from Lost in America

:;whew:: a newcomer who gets it. I haven't watched regular TV in about 20 years. Better things to do, checked out a few here n' there for the sake of a friend, but really I have about 500+ DVD's and either Netflix or Pandora is on my tv. The only time it's been on regular tv is when Irene was making her way up the coast and net was out. Then tv out, then radio out. My friend d/l's a few shows, but they're ones that eventually come on NF if it doesn't, I never even know about it. Life holds too many other things. Like writing hubs that nobody gives a %#%# about. Jabbering on at YT. Other than that Charlene (Full Metal Jacket) my Ibanez is my only friend lol. Welcome by the way!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

There is nothing "real" about reality television. I much prefer my real life to anything I can watch on TV. My big family is immensely entertaining and over the years I've experienced Evel Kneivel stunts, pyrothechnics, drama and music that beat anything those lame "reality stars" do.:)


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Interesting. It's good to know that it's not just here in Britain that tv is becoming overridden with rubbish! Reality shows are just cheap tv I suppose, as are house makeovers, weight related shows and even cookery programmes which I once enjoyed. I love to see a good detective drama, a good comedy (and I don't mean inane stuff which abounds now too) and a period drama (the BBC are especially good at those) or literary adaptation. The only other thing is a good quiz show like University Challenge or Eggheads, or a funny one like 'Have I Got News for You'. I did used to love 'The Dick van Dyke show' but that shows my age! Voted up and interesting. Good hub - keep writing!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

I think a turning point in America was a writer's strike. The networks went with shows that didn't require writers. What self-respecting writer would invent the inane garbage that is reality TV?


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

thanks for all the comments! It's really a relief there's some people out there who feel the way I do.

And I do watch BBC America occasionally. There are a few decent shows on there.

And that makes a lot of sense kschimmel...


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gee, did you really write this 2 years ago...the information is still pertinant and fresh. My sentiments exactly. They don't call it the boob tube for nothin'!

I had to chuckle at your last line. While I do not watch How I met your Mother, I know it gets good ratings. I do enjoy the Big Bang Theory when I catch it. The writers do well with the dialogue.

Enjoyed. Now, excuse me while I go back to the boob tube for more vegging out...


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

I'm more than guilty of the same. Yeah, I didn't have the time to really write for quite a while. Work has slowed down for me bigtime, to a fault. I'm sure I'll be writing a lot more than before. Thanks for the comment.


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dungeonraider 4 years ago from United States

Television is all about demographics and advertising now. Sad, because when I was growing up there were so many shows to choose from that everyone in the family would enjoy. Some of them even had some pretty valuable life lessons. There are some that still do, I'm sure, but my attention span wandered away from the idiot box a few years back.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

Oh the days when television cared about what you'd grow up to be. What ever happened to sitcom's "special episodes."


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one2recognize2 4 years ago from New York

Absolutely enjoyed this hub, but must say there are a few TV shows that I truly enjoy, like Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds and Flashpoint, and can always be taken back to a few childhood shows now available on Antenna TV, but will agree that the reality shows are not worth viewing. Loved your overall presentation and so yes voted up and interesting. :)


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Talisker 4 years ago from UK

I'm with you here. A lot of TV is such crap. I also think a lot of it is unproductive and damaging to folk who don't realise that it's made to generate viewers rather than to open peoples minds. (very long sentence sorry) I'm thinking mostly of kids here, however the same applies to adults.

The road kill idea or rubbernecking idea is the backbone to most TV as people are drawn to grimness as apposed to beauty. A thoroughly good hub!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Television is what it used to be for sure. I agree that the downfall began with the reality shows. There is a glut of them on television. I generally have a tough time finding anything to watch even theou I have hundreds of stations to choose from. Up, interesting.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

That's what I'm afraid of and it's already happening. Little girls and boys will be growing up and aspiring to be just like the successful people they watched on The Jersey Shore. Thanks.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

thanks....i agree with you. As soon as I can get some live sports online at a decent price, I'm getting rid of my Comcast bill once and for all.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

A good-quality scripted show will always be better than throwing a bunch of rejects in a house together. Thank You.


Flickr 4 years ago

Down with tv!! love it thanks for sharing. I don't remember the last time I watched tv


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

right on! I'm trying to get the b@lls to cancel my comcast cable bill...


Derdriu 4 years ago

Skinsman82000, What an elucidating, informative, thoughtful analytical summary of TV programming! You do a great job of introducing readers not in the know to what can be available at the flick of the remote ... whether or not it's what the viewer may want. Much of what you mention is unfamiliar to me since I rarely tune in the TV -- but me too, I'd do so for a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise show.

Thank you for sharing,

Derdriu


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

They should just get a little place and go out clubbing every night.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I refuse to pay for t.v. I get about 20 channels with the antennae and 5 of them are PBS. I don't really like watching something unless I am learning something or being inspired somehow which leads to a lot of surfing or just turning it off.

I do however enjoy the more inspirational reality shows such as "The Biggest Loser" and "The Amazing Race" and also enjoy documentaries.

I agree with you that so much of the time it is shock sensationalized to draw us in and get hooked on the drama because we all are so fascinated by it for some reason.

Your first title "why isn't there anything good on?" I think is telling of the problem. I think we look to television as an escape tool. We want to be entertained away from our real life and don't want to "think for ourselves"

I enjoyed the article. Well presented and insightful.


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skinsman82000 4 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

What a well thought out reply. Thank you.


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Katharella 4 years ago from Lost in America

Hello again ;) Ah I see you mention "Clubbing" I find that as about as useless as TV. It's only entertainment would be a gander at the fashion industry and making a quick bet on who will end up with who by the end of the night. LOL!


Dave 4 years ago

It seems that the general consensus here is that most of us find little worth watching on the tube. I cancelled my satellite service years ago, and only watch sports or news periodically on the old antenna tower that I used to mount the dish. There are app 30 stations available, and most are HD for free. Good enough for me! Since you can find most anything of interest on DVDor Blueray, I spend my money on exactly what I like and get to keep it for all time. A bud of mine spends past $1200 per year for the 200 station treatment, and he complains TV is crap! Just dodge the garbage you don't like, and enjoy what do. Maybe someday TV will again yield a Seinfeld, etc...


rwp 2 years ago

Sad reading comments from 5 years ago talking about how people could at least still enjoy history channel, discovery, animal planet, etc. Now all of those channels also adopted the reality TV method, much to my aggravation. Even the damn weather channel has become like this. No room on TV for anything other than terrible, unimaginative "reality" TV anymore. I don't see how anyone could be willing to pay for overpriced cable anymore.


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skinsman82000 2 years ago from Frederick Maryland Author

I completely agree rwp (obviously). It's deteriorated much more since this article was written. I cut my cable a few months ago, though Comcast still gets my money for internet. Netflix, Youtube, downloading movies, etc is much more enjoyable that the alternative. Thanks for commenting!


EC 2 years ago

TV is a waste of time. I watch PBS. At least they have some good programs.


Peter 10 months ago

Exactly right. That's why I cut the cord. So should you. Quit griping and do something about it -- given all the commercial interruptions and the late night infomercial marathons, the worst thing isn't even the crappy programming, it's the fact that you pay a premium to be advertised to.


Peter 10 months ago

Addendum to the previous comment. I see you've cut the cord since this article was written. Congrats, you won't regret it. My older sister viewed my setup, understood how easy it is to get high quality, ad-free programming for cheap, and cut the cable just this month. A friend of mine, now that he understands he can get much better tennis coverage through Sling TV and the Watch ESPN app, is poised to do the same.

When I cut the cord, I was able to dump Comcast as well, which saved me another $40-50 a month for my broadband connection. The service, which runs through through AT&T fiber optic lines but circumvents the AT&T prices, is faster and more reliable than the same speed connection delivered by Comcast. Nearly all buffering problems disappeared when I upgraded my streaming devices -- Roku 4 for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Sling, PBS, and a host of other great streaming apps, and Nvidia Shield for Kodi, the Holy Grail of streaming. All this may sound as though it costs a fortune, but I actually save $90 a month over my old Comcast bundle, which would cost even more nearly a year later. Best of all, my viewing, except for sports, is commercial free, and even there I can sometimes find ad-free or ad-limited international feeds.

Why anyone with access to broadband continues to pay through the nose for crummy cable bundles is a mystery to me. I landed in the hospital for a week late last year, and was stuck once again with cable for entertainment. I found it unwatchable, and opted to stream music over a slow connection instead.


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thor6 7 months ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

I am a British ex pat now living in Helsinki Finland and these garbage American, British and numerous other countries reality shows have taken over most of the TV channels. Even Finnish television is copying these shows and each year it gets worse and worse. I was wondering if the editors of these shows are related to the parrot family, because they repeat the same thing over and over again. It seems to me that they must thing that their audience is comprised of morons. Also on these cooking competitions, why do all the contestants turn from normal people to a load of ignorant backstabbers? , or is that part of the script. Take care be safe and have a nice day. Also try reading a good book, you will find it more entertaining.

Pete Jones

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