Survivor, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The Apprentice, etc. I know it’s the trendy thing to act like I’m too cool to watch reality TV, but I don’t care about all that. I also know that reality TV isn’t actually “real.” The situations are feigned and the conflict is manufactured.
The people, however, are real and that’s one thing I love about it. Put a group of individuals, each with their own personality characteristics, interests and preferences into a competition situation with a big carrot (often a crap ton of money and short lived fame) and the outcomes are fascinating. To me.
I also love any show that’s about talent development and selection. Things like recognizing potential, stretching capability and finetuning specific skills are addressed in those singing, dancing, cooking and similar contests.
Yes, even the Dallas Cowboy cheerleader selection show, and I’ve zero history of interest in anything related to cheerleading. Those two ladies who make the selections are outstanding at what they do. I love watching them being outstanding.
For whatever reason, I don’t watch The Amazing Race so much. Not sure why. I’ve claimed that it’s the discomfort of watching the pairs of racers argue and whine, but it’s not like there’s a lack of conflict in Survivor and I love that one.
Perhaps the show activates baggage from my own family’s trip stresses. Trips with my parents and brother, not with my husband and son, but I’m sure as Remy grows, we’ll develop our own repertoire of dysfunction. I still have a grace period before that happens, so how about I tuck that idea back into a cave of denial?
So. Reality TV. I like it. Except for the ones that just spy on people doing stupid things. Those are dumb.