Sadly, we had no American Idol, but had to make do with The Gong Show (I freaking loved that gong) and Star Search (put me out of my misery). I got a kick out Totally Hidden Camera, which was pretty much the forerunner for Ashton Kutcher's show Punked.
And we all remember Cops.
*Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?*
But nowadays, it seems like you can’t turn on the TV without hitting a reality show every other channel. We’ve got ones about cupcakes and motorcycles, singing and sister wives, lonely millionaires and spoiled toddlers clawing for first place in beauty pageants. There are shows about fat people, hoarders, plastic surgeons, housewives and billionaire CEOs who go undercover at their own companies...and somehow don't have a heart attack at seeing how the company is really run.
Why are we so fascinated by other people’s lives? Do we love reality TV because it gives us a chance to live out our dreams through others, or because it’s horribly entertaining to watch people de-rail their own lives for fame and money? Have we become a nation of voyeurs or is it all in good fun?
I don’t watch much reality TV myself- not because I’m so morally superior, but because it tends to bore me, or like a horror movie, I spend most of the show covering my eyes and squealing “No, no! Oh, you are making a fool out of yourself!”...which my husband just adores.
I love American Idol, I love the singing and the back-stories, and now that Simon is gone, I love the FUN they all look like they are having. I even love Steven Tyler's creepy leering at the girls young enough to be his granddaughters. (A living lesson about staying away from drugs. That man's brain is scrambled like Saturday morning eggs.)
I hadn't seen the show until last season, but between JLo and Mr. Good-Lord-What-Did-He-Say?, I found myself sucked in almost immediately. I watched obsessively (Scotty lives the next town over, I HAD to.) and I even voted, for the first time ever. I cried when James Durbin broke down when singing, I laughed out loud when Jack Black and Casey Abrams did a funny, silly performance in the finale and I yelled "He's in to win it, dawg!" right along with Randy every week.
And I enjoyed every minute of it…well, okay, not the minutes that Jacob was singing, but all the OTHER minutes.
But other than AI, I can’t think of a single reality show that grabs me. Certainly, I don’t have any others on my DVR list.
What reality TV do YOU watch? What do you love about it and why should I add it to my growing list of DVRed shows that I barely have time to watch now?
If you don’t watch reality TV, why not? What turns you off about it? (And I’m not just talking about the Kardashians.)