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Reality TV Shows - What's the Big Deal Anyways?

Updated on October 16, 2013

What's the Attraction to Reality TV?


Reality Shows – What’s the Big Deal Anyways?

There are more and more reality TV shows filling the time slots on the major networks these days. Hell’s Kitchen, More to Love and The Bachelorette are a few examples of these shows.  Who watches these shows and why are they so popular?  Perhaps a few answers can be found here. 

Whether they admit it or not, a high percentage of women can’t wait to turn on the tube to see which bachelor is choosing which bachelorette, or more importantly, which bachelorette is he “dumping” this week.  Personal experience will often dictate who they want to win.  It is interesting to see how involved many viewers get in the outcome.  It’s the topic they speak of in the staffroom lounge or chat about around the water cooler.  Emotions can get pretty intense.

Of course the fact that these contestants look gorgeously manicured and well groomed 24/7 could be the desire of everyone who watches these shows.  Many husbands get “conned in” to viewing weekly as well, or at least that’s what they’d have you believe.  Truth be known, many men get quite involved in the outcome as well.  They are just too “macho” to let on.  Yes, Real Men do get absorbed in to TV reality shows.  Many visualize themselves surrounded by twenty some gorgeous singles, all wanting to be given the ceremonial rose or ring. 

What about the many other reality shows that are so popular these days?  Big Brother, The Mole, Survivor and Biggest Loser are just a few of the highly rated shows. 

The thought of placing complete strangers under one roof for several weeks or months sounded like an odd concept in the beginning, but the ratings soared.  What about placing girls and guys on a remote island without them having the necessary amenities?  How about having them eat insects or try near impossible feats?   The stranger the feats, the more viewers tune in. 

Sure they provide some entertainment value and help pass the time.  It’s relaxing to get comfy on the couch and watch an episode or two. 

Could it be that escaping one’s own reality is the primary reason these shows are carefully followed week after week?  Perhaps it’s the curiosity factor that captures the audience?  Maybe it’s the secret wish of the viewer that he/she be the main character on the show?  What ever the reason, reality show ratings continue to climb.  Up, up and away!





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    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      I have to admit if I start watching a reality tv show I am hooked and have to watch it to the very end. I found that in doing this, it takes up way too much time so now I just limit myself to one reality show - The Amazing Race.

    • westernangel profile image

      westernangel 8 years ago from Canada

      Yep, you've got it :) Thanks for stopping by.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 8 years ago

      By and large, we watch television as a habit. The reason behind the popularity of reality tv shows is the same reason we watch any show, to escape the reality of our lives for a few moments and transport ourselves to the lives of others.