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You people who constantly moan about reality television

You know it's been around since TV was invented, right?

Prime-time game shows, Candid Camera, An American Family, news magazines, blooper shows, home-video shows, Real People, That's Incredible, those Battle of the Network Stars shows. That stuff has always been cheaper to make than scripted shows, and has always been around.

Today there is much more reality TV, but there is much more TV overall. Now there are dozens and dozens of cable channels with original content (whereas not that long ago it was limited to the networks). A lot of it is reality TV, but there's also stuff like Mad Men and Louis filling in the gaps.

by reality checkreply 3507/27/2013

Go away. I don't watch TV

by reality checkreply 107/24/2013

I appropriate the "You must be fun at parties" line in response to those people.

by reality checkreply 207/24/2013

R1, thanks for sharing. When did the nursing home get wifi?

by reality checkreply 307/24/2013

R1, do you realize you are on a gossip board? Most people here watch TV, and like to discuss it.

by reality checkreply 407/24/2013

OP is a shallow nitwit whose life revolves around reality shows.

OP, you're pathetic and vapid. And predictable.

by reality checkreply 507/24/2013

Because there's absolutely no difference between What's My Line and Honey Boo Boo.

by reality checkreply 607/24/2013

The difference between reality TV then and reality TV now is that nobody would have bought a magazine to see that Dorothy Kilgallen had VPL.

by reality checkreply 707/24/2013

OP, stop being so disingenuous. There's a huge difference between the shows you listed and reality shows of today. There were no competitions on the shows you listed, nor where there famewhores who'd be raised to know exactly how provocative/racist/controversial/victimy you have to be, in order to get a book deal/spinoff series.

it's different.

by reality checkreply 807/24/2013

I'll never understand why people like R5 are so hostile. You must be a real piece of work in real life.

by reality checkreply 1007/24/2013

"but there's also stuff like Mad Men"

Talk about high art!

Mad Men is laughably bad to put it nicely. If it didn't have cute men in it, it would be seen for what it really was, a pretentious soap opera.

Try Breaking Bad and Homeland if you want to be taken remotely seriously. Cute fashions and furniture doesn't make a good show.

by reality checkreply 1107/24/2013

You're right to a certain extent, OP. But the "reality shows" of today that are REALLY hateful and insulting to the intelligence are the ones where you see a group of people supposedly behaving as if there were no cameras on them and as if their behavior isn't scripted, when of course that's complete bullshit. As far as I know, none of the old shows were like that (except for the game shows that turned out to be rigged, but even that's a different story).

Some people lump competition shows, such as AMERICAN IDOL and WIPE OUT, in with the other "reality" shows of today, but I think there's a big difference. The ridiculous "reality" shows that only appeal to mindless idiots are SURVIVOR, THE BATCHELOR, and their ilk.

by reality checkreply 1307/24/2013

[quote]The ridiculous "reality" shows that only appeal to mindless idiots are SURVIVOR, THE BATCHELOR, and their ilk.

Oh, dear.

by reality checkreply 1407/24/2013

I do hate the modern "real life" shows like the "Housewives" franchise and so on, because they destroy their supposed stars. A person can appear on a game show and go back to their real life, but a lot of the extended shows pay their "stars" very little, and the "stars" spend like maniacs trying to live up to their celebrity status. When the show ends the go the way of Spencer and Heidi, broke and desperate to recapture the fame.

It's become a repulsive industry, creating fake celebrities and throwing them away, and the only people getting rich are the suits.

by reality checkreply 1507/24/2013

Are you trying to make some kind of a point, OP?

by reality checkreply 1607/24/2013

[quote]It's become a repulsive industry, creating fake celebrities and throwing them away, and the only people getting rich are the suits.

You're just jealous because I'm bringing quality TV into homes across America.

by reality checkreply 1707/24/2013

Wow, strenuous work justifying your ghetto TV tastes, OP.

by reality checkreply 1807/24/2013

[quote]Prime-time game shows, Candid Camera, An American Family, news magazines, blooper shows, home-video shows, Real People, That's Incredible, those Battle of the Network Stars shows. That stuff has always been cheaper to make than scripted shows, and has always been around.

Did you read your own list? "Candid Camera" was totally original for it's time. Where do you think shows like "Punk'd" got their concept from?

"An American Family" was actually the first reality show on TV, the difference was, it was totally new and the Louds weren't playing for the cameras.....the show organically happened...the gay son, the parents separation etc...today's so called 'reality shows' are scripted.

As for "Battle of the Network Stars", the operative word there is 'stars', the contestants were already established TV and movie stars, today's reality shows simply push uninteresting low rent trashy people on the viewing public (any of the Housewives franchises, Jersey Shore, The Kardashians etc) and these horrid shows make these ridiculous, illiterate, trashy people rich and famous.

Some viewers must lead incredibly sad and pathetic lives to find any of these people entertaining let alone woth you losing hours of their own lives.

My theory on so-called 'reality' TV, viewers see how these jerky, vapid and rich people are acting in front of running cameras, they figure, "Look at these fools, they have it all, yet they are still miserable." Reality TV of this type makes most viewers feel better and superior about their own lives.

I don't have a problem with reality shows where the people involved are actually doing something like the thrift store makeovers, the storage wars, the best fine artist, the fashion designers and basically any reality show where there's much more than a group of brain dead alcoholic morons screaming at each other, wearing trashy looking designer clothes and living empty vacuous lives. Who needs to waste time on that nonsense. Those 'real housewives' all look like escorts.

by reality checkreply 2007/24/2013

I meant to type: "Some viewers must lead incredibly sad and pathetic lives to find most of these reality people entertaining, let alone worth the viewers losing all those precious hours of their own lives. Seriously, viewers are sitting there basically watching trashy people arguing and beating each other up. That's entertainment?"

by reality checkreply 2107/24/2013

R20/R21, you are exhausting.

Some of you are so invested in hating stuff that's ultimately meaningless.

by reality checkreply 2207/24/2013

What do you mean,"You people"?....OP.

by reality checkreply 2307/24/2013

There is nothing real about reality TV.

It's just a cheap way of TV networks to fill hours of airtime.

by reality checkreply 2407/24/2013

OP won a matching Norge washer and dryer on "Queen For A Day."

by reality checkreply 2507/24/2013

Battle of the Network Stars was the BALLS!!

by reality checkreply 2607/25/2013

R24 is very wise.

We are still in a depression. These cheap productions earn the highest ad revenue per invested dollar. Expect more of the same until the viewing public becomes tired of the same old shit.

Oh, and always look to the UK for the future of broadcast television.

Don't know why - perhaps they sacrifice babies to figure out what sells.

by reality checkreply 2807/25/2013

I never remember Sarah Purcell blowing black guys for cash.

by reality checkreply 2907/25/2013

[quote]"An American Family" was actually the first reality show on TV

Reality TV = unscripted. (Or, "unscripted.") So, no, it was not.

by reality checkreply 3007/25/2013

[quote] Oh, and always look to the UK for the future of broadcast television

The UK channels buy most of the US reality shows as well as having their own versions.

If an alien only knew what Americans were like from watching Undercover Boss, he would assume that all American men cry at the slightest provocation.

by reality checkreply 3107/25/2013

[quote]My theory on so-called 'reality' TV, viewers see how these jerky, vapid and rich people are acting in front of running cameras, they figure, "Look at these fools, they have it all, yet they are still miserable." Reality TV of this type makes most viewers feel better and superior about their own lives.

It's obvious some of you think reality TV = Housewives shows. OP's point is that reality TV is much more than that, and it's always been around. I understand that these are difficult concepts for some of you to grasp.

by reality checkreply 3207/25/2013

OP is correct.

by reality checkreply 3307/27/2013

Found this list. I have no idea, what these shows are and who these people are. I guess they are the latest characters to bring viewers to watch some channels.

I have watched some "reality" television years ago, at the moment none of them. One can get hooked to them, but once stopped watching one as no need to start again.

My only connection to this Kardashian family is, when I search YT to find Keeping Up Appearances, the name of their show comes up. Had to google them, but no interest to them.

by reality checkreply 3407/27/2013

"My partner and I enjoy ['Siberia']"

You enjoy a fake FAKE "reality" show?

Do you also have photo prints of Old Masters 'art' with fake "textured" brush strokes on your walls, too?

by reality checkreply 3507/27/2013
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