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January 15th, 2001

1900 House

Screw Temptation Island (clearly the sleaziest and most staged of all the current “reality shows”), I’ve been sucked in by 1900 House.

In case you haven’t heard, in this British combination of Survivor and The Real World, a large family moves into a rowhouse to live like it was 1900 for three months. They are only permitted to buy and use products that were available at the time and have to otherwise adjust their lives to experience what their ancestors did. As boring and PBS-ish as this may sound (and, yes, it is on PBS), it’s surprisingly engaging, and certainly more educational than 99% of current TV programming.

Though I’ve only seen the second half of the second episode, I’m now quite psyched to see the rest of the season. Especially episode three, where the family cheats and buys something “forbidden” by 1900 standards. Ooooh… I can’t wait! 🙂 -ram

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 1:48:40AM
Ryan--I like how you mention Temptation Island and follow it with the phrase "sucked in". You may think you're fooling the average American, but you ain't got the wool over my eyes!!!!

I speak code.

FROM: Maria
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 5:09:27AM
I didn't know they were showing this series again. I watched it over the summer and enjoyed it, but it's sort of unfulfilling because it was only on for four weeks, and I was used to The Real World which is on for a few months. The best episode is the last one, in my opinion. It's pretty funny--wait and see.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 10:48:01AM
Do they munch on crumpets and jam while reading the daily post?

FROM: Tina
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 12:37:12PM
You're kidding about Temptation Island, right? That stuff is so ... real and heartfelt. I don't understand you cynics who don't believe in love. Shame on you! :) ha ha.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 1:05:42PM
Matt--I bet they sit around the pickle barrel and gossip, too.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 2:09:11PM
I wonder if they all have horrible dental hygeine? And what about syphillis? if thats not going around then its not realistic

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 3:40:54PM
Yeah, syphillis should be rampant among all the family members.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday August 7, 2001 -- 6:38:00PM
...and now you've got a chance to see it again. PBS stations are reairing 1900 House; the starting ep was on here last night. Fascinating stuff!

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