I think so. It seems that people can't think of any more creative content that they stick to documenting the lives of people who do crazy things- the crazier the better! Which is really frustrating, especially when many are starting to follow the certain values these shows project. If ever, the only reality shows I am not against are those that showcase true talent and skill
I think an excellent example of *good* reality TV is things like Smash TV (OK, so that's a game but still an excellent concept) or maybe The Running Man by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman, but the movie stars Arnie Schwarzenegger). But other shows have little to no interest thrown into them, and it's not worth the time investing into them.
There is nothing real about 'reality' TV, best not make it real or it may turn out like the BBC2 television play from the late 60s, The Year of The Sex Olympics.
I think there used to be, but it seems like those shows are now taking a back burner to "real" scripted shows. It is such a relief!
Way too much! I don't even watch tv anymore. It feels really good not to be contaminated by superficial things.
In my opinion yes, but then they are very popular. I do not watch the Bachelor or the Kardashians or the Housewives shows but they're still on so someone must like them.
I prefer American Idol and Dancing With The Stars and The Voice. Love to hear the background stories and see the performances improve as the show progresses.
I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with "reality" T.V. Fact is, there is only as much reality TV as the public will demand. Whether or not you or I think there is "too much" of this garbage programming like "basketball wives" or "Jersey Shore" or court room shows or anything similar; these types of programs are like watching a car crash or better yet, a freak show! We are appauled at the events unfolding before us, but we cannot look away for fear of missing the moment when someone makes a total ass of themselves. I know the formula networks use to edit these types of programs seems evil, and it just might be, but it's really the people who decide how much reality programming there will be. If people did not tune in, it would all go away.
For the record, I don't consider talent shows like "Idol" or "The Voice" or "Americas Got Talent" or any other show like those to be "reality shows". I think these shows are more reminicent of "Variety Shows" from back in the day. Shows like "Sonny & Cher" or "American Bandstand" or the BBC's "Top of the Pops". These types of shows inspire us with music and humor and I hope we will always have them.
On the other hand, it's my opinion that even one reality show such as "Jersey Shore" or "basketball wives" or "Cops" is one too many! Shows like these are always negative and offer nothing good whatsoever. I would even argue that anyone watching such garbage is worse off for having done so! The stupidity of these programs seem to rub off on the viewers. Stay smart and Just Don't Watch!
Personally, I think there is too much reality TV. The main issue is that we are rewarding stupidity. Shows such as teen mom, Jersey Shore and toddlers and tiaras sicken me to realize that we do not have enough creativity to come up with an intellectual stimulating show. People would rather watch people worse off then themselves for entertainment, then to watch show that makes you think.
Not to mention the fact that most of those reality TV shows are scripted. I find myself watching the Bachelor and by the end of the show, I feel as though my IQ has gone down a couple of points.
I have resorted to watching competition shows like Chopped and Project Runway, because somehow there is a certain talent and unpredictability that goes a long with those competitions. When MTV first came out with Real World, that was sort of the prelude to the downward spiral of television. Bring back Music Videos!
One of the main reasons why I got rid of cable TV is due to the amount of reality television and low quality programming out there these days. If I want to watch a program these days I will rent the show when it becomes available on Netflix. To me, renting my programs instead of watching them through traditional paid television means is much more cost effective, especially when I would only watch maybe one or two channels out of the hundreds available. Reality TV isn't bad as long as it's quality television, not just something slapped together to make a quick buck.
Yes. There really is, and it's not even real. Dang you SURVIVOR!!!!
Yes, there is. People have no imagination and they have to resort to following people around and make their money showing off how weird people are. I think we all knew that...
For sure there is too much reality TV OR so called 'Realty\ As it is not reality !
People need to plant food and do work that will help the crisis in N. American rather than getting on TV and making complete Idiots of themselves for money , its like monkeys in a circus !
Absolutely, there is too much "reality" TV.
When you consider that most reality TV is not reality at all, I think the whole thing is ridiculous. Real Housewives? Seriously???? How many real housewives do you know that are always dressed to the nines with perfect hair and perfect makeup, even when going to the gym? How many real housewives are flown out of the country on a free African vacation?
Jersey Shore? These people aren't even from NJ!!!! They get these people together in a house, supply them with all the alcohol they could ever want and hope for the best (ratings). Why do people make "celebrities" out of these losers? Since when was being drunk and obnoxious a talent worthy of celebrity? And to make matters worse, they are actually paid to be losers!!!
Dancing with the Stars was good the first season when they booked people who really couldn't dance, but learned. After that, they booked some people who made their living by dancing. And...in whose world is Kate Gosslin a star??!?!?!
Real World, Road Rules, Survivor, Amazing Race, Real Housewives of wherever....all scripted. What's real about it? Nothing.
Even Toddlers & Tiaras....little girls growing up too fast, being taught that if you have enough fake hair, makeup and shake your butt and non-existent boobs, you'll get adoration. This show is a pedophile's dream!!!!
We need to stop making obnoxiousness the criteria for celebrity.
I barely watch television anymore because of all of the pathetic reality shows out there. I think most of them are just silly and degrading. I watch TV to be entertained and to somewhat escape reality for a couple of hours. I feel like this - I have my own life and my own reality to deal with and that is enough for me. I am not interested in other people's personal lives so much that I would want to follow their stories on television! It's really a shame that a great portion of these so called reality shows are actually scripted. On the other hand, that's a bit relieving simply because the things the reality show stars go through are so over the top - it's actually unbelievable. The only reality shows I can appreciate are those that encourage weight loss. At least they're serving a real purpose for those involved.
Yes! I run from all things Kardashian. I mean really, who are these people? What makes them stars? Just because they appear to have an insane amount of money?
Thank heavens for Castle. I love Castle and that's about all I look forward to these days on the tube.
Yes there is. I don't see the trend going away soon because it's cheaper than hiring writers and other experts to put together a completely scripted show. A few of these shows are good while others offer nothing special such as a good laugh or a must see talent or feel good story.
I feel this is a two part question. Is it too much? Absolutely! Is it reality? Hell no! And so I'm adding to the questions. Are we sick of them? Ohhh yeah!
hmmm Is there too much reality TV? Do bears poop in the woods
Yes but with all the channels we get nowadays Reality TV is not really invading us. I think it became popular with the success of Survivor that all these other Reality Shows sprang up.
YES, YES and YES!!! It's all dumb- makes me lose my brain cells-it's entertaining, but leaves me asking myself, "Why in the heck did you watch that?"
Absolutely reality television is the reason our country has been on a long intellectual decline. I love fiction, fantasy, and science fiction and all of it provides wonderful escapism because we know it is fiction. Whereas reality television pedal itself as reality.
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