Reality TV – Really?

I wanna know whose reality Reality TV is based on?  I don’t know where they get some of these people – I don’t know anyone who acts the way most on Reality TV shows act or, if they do, I doubt they’d do it on national TV in front of millions of people!  As I flip channels, I realize that the art of writing an entertaining TV drama or situation comedy has just about died!  Yeah, there are some good shows out there, but I wonder what exactly brought about the change in what we call entertainment.

Case in point – how many “Real Housewives” from anywhere actually talk, act, and seem proud to be the way the ones on TV do?  I have never actually watched an episode of any of the “Real Housewives” shows – the clips on the ads are enough to tell me there isn’t anything “Real” about it!

OK – I admit, I do get into some of the Reality TV shows…..I’m not totally anti-Reality TV!  I like ones that are contest oriented or I can learn something from – Top Chef, Project Runway, Dancing With The Stars, Iron Chef America, and a few others.   I also occasionally watch Tabitha’s Salon Takeover and Say Yes To The Dress just for the heck of it!  

When I was a child, I used to think that shows like Leave It To Beaver and Ozzie and Harriett were REAL – that someone secretly followed them around with a camera and filmed everything they do and we got to watch them……AND…..that someone was secretly following me and my family around with a camera filming everything WE did and somewhere else in the world someone got to watch US!  I used to play act so that my life would be more interesting to those who were watching me from somewhere across the globe!  It never occurred to me to act like an idiot for their entertainment – quite the contrary – I tried to behave like an adult so they would think I was older and more sophisticated than I really was!

Do we really care what Steven Seagal, the Kardashians, the Osbournes, Jon and Kate, the housewives, or any of the others like them are doing?  Do we really think it is “real” and not staged?  (after all, even I staged MY reality show when I was younger)

Can you imagine what the rest of the world must think of us when they watch these shows?  After all, we claim them to be “Reality TV” and most people on these types of shows act stupid, whore-ish, mad, abusive, brash, or just plain idiotic — they must think that is the way a typical American acts!  What must they think of us?  I, for one, would much prefer they think we are more like Ozzie and Harriett than a Real Housewife!

Now — one of the newest shows is Hoarders — yes, I know there are people who live like that – I have known a few personally (not quite that bad, mind you)!  But, why in the world would they want to bring TV cameras into their home and show their filth to the world?  I have not actually seen one of these episodes, either, because the clips have been enough to turn my stomach!  I get embarrassed when someone stops in and I have dishes in the sink and haven’t vacuumed the dog hair up in a day or two – and I’d panic if they actually opened that closet or two that I cram everything into for storage!  I would think being one of those on that show would be devastating!

I think it is just the “get on the bandwagon” theory — like most TV seasons tend to be:  one cop, law, or medical show gets high ratings and the next season there are 2 or 3 more like them to try to steal the ratings from them!  One Reality TV show got a lot of attention and they started popping up all over the place.  I want to know when the old-fashioned TV shows will come back — where are all the creators and writers that can actually be creative enough to come up with a fictional story line and write some dialogue and get us interested in the characters?  There are some out there, but we need more — we need to get off the “Reality” bandwagon and back on the “Fictional” bandwagon!

One Comment on “Reality TV – Really?

  1. Luckily there are lots of great dramas/comedies to choose. We love Sons of Anarchy, Modern Family, Community, Flash Forward, Lost, Fringe… Still hanging onto Grey’s Anatomy though it’s losing its luster.

    I do find it thrilling when a really great scripted show appears and it’s fresh and new. We should feel that way about all the stuff on tv. 🙂

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