I watch a good amount of TV, and used to watch a lot more (thanks, internets.) But reality shows… man, they’re often hard for me to stomach.
I’ve realized in the past couple of years that my wife and I have different standards when it comes to reality shows. I can understand her point: sometimes you just want to totally turn off your brain and not think, and there are a lot of reality shows that do this well. But there are a few shows that she watches that I just can’t even consider sitting through. Not because I’m all uppity-smythe, but because I just start thinking, “Shouldn’t I do something like clean the bathroom?” …and when a show makes you want to clean the bathroom, it might not be great.
So, I will watch the American Idol auditions and a lot of the shows on TLC. But, I’ve never seen an episode of The Surreal Life, Hogan Knows Best, or any of the reality stuff on VH1. I don’t have much of an interest in celebrity lives (Breaking Bonnaduce, Life with Ed, et al) so almost all of that is below my reality show bar. Makeover shows are okay in small or medium doses.
I think I hit the bar soundly when we decided to try watching Man vs. Wild. The premise is: we drop a guy off in potentially deadly environments (rainforest, desert, Wal-Mart) and see if he survives. Of course he will… but the whole thing was rather awful to watch. 10 minutes later, I was scrubbing the tub. (My wife chose to watch Gilmore Girls. Smart move.)
What shows are at or below your reality show bar?
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