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    In my view there should be a better distinction between reality shows like The Amazing Race/Survivor/The Apprentice, those like Masterchef/Hells Kitchen and those like Jersey Shore/Kardashians.

    The first group are the reality shows I love, taking a bunch of people and putting them in unreal situations to observe their reactions, with something major on the line (be it $1million or another attractive prize). Essentially you don't need any talent to win them so in a true sense anyone can be successful in them - but the interesting part is how people use what skills they do possess to advance themselves in the competition. I also find it interesting to watch otherwise rational people engage in conflict between each other almost exclusively because of the carrot offered of winning.

    The second group does involve some talent (like being able to actually cook) but I find that food reality shows don't give enough conflict between contestants and therefore I don't find them as interesting or compelling as the first group of shows. And those shows like Hells Kitchen which try to create conflict between contestants often seem contrived.

    The final group of shows can hardly be classed as reality television IMO. Whilst the characters might claim to be real and the setting representing their reality, I think its basically non-scripted acting for the most part. Rather than playing for a prize of being the last one standing, the goal is to promote themselves and their image (or lack thereof). I think thats where reality television gets most of its bad name from, rather than the jokes about season 100 of Survivor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    Have always watched "The Amazing Race". Though I think Social isn't referring to reality competition shows, but rather the "follow their life" type of shows. The Amazing Race to me has always been high quality TV. Not only do I love the competition aspect of it, but I love the locales that we get to discover through the show.
    I've always been a big fan of The Amazing Race also (although the last season with Jenna/Ethan was one of the poorer seasons). Really enjoying this season so far though. I think the key to The Amazing Race's success is that not only do you get such a wonderful look at different parts of the world, their cultures and attractions, but you get conflict from the characters not only between individual teams but between individuals within each team. Survivor's my number one reality tv show but TAR isn't too far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamc View Post
    Actually has good judges too, especially Tom 'needs more salt' Colicchio. Much better than watching Matt Preston fawn over the one sobbing contestant who managed not to horribly overcook a steak.

    Preston's become a caricature of himself...someone needs to tighten that ****ing thing around his neck until his face turns purple. He looks like a canetoad wearing a suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post

    Only thing worse than the people who are reality TV obsessives are the people who always bag out reality TV.
    Nah, some people just hate 'reality' shows. Reality TV obsessives are generally vacuous to the point of being a complete waste of time to talk to. My mate's married to one, and she's a ****ing airhead.


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    I've got no problem with people hating reality TV, I don't particularly love it it myself. Don't spend my days ripping into ****s who do like it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    I've got no problem with people hating reality TV, I don't particularly love it it myself. Don't spend my days ripping into ****s who do like it though.
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    the only tv i watch is sport and the occasional cartoon

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    Ironically for such a fat ****, I have no truck with food shows. Heston Blumenthal is vaguely interesting when he fashions an edible, fully-functioning volcano out of ground up breeze blocks and ram semen, but generally I think we missing the two main senses food works on with telly.

    Best "reality tv" series I saw was a BBC behind the scenes look at Peter Reid's first (and only as it happened) season in the Prem with Sunderland. It was before footballers got all media-savvy and everyone was blase about reality tv, so (seemed to) give some genuine insights.
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    Ugh, switched over to 10 to watch the Swimming Championships, only for "The Biggest Loser" to still be on. Is just terrible viewing, why do people enjoy watching this rubbish?
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    I prefer the human drama on reality shows in terms of the actual dialogue between the characters. Just seems more realistic what they say to each other compared to Coronation street.

    That said I don't watch reality TV as most of it is banal.

    Worst show of all time was fear factor (which is kinda a reality show probably more game show but I want to criticize it anyway so bare with me)

    Typical conversation

    So you are just about to jump from a helicopter - are you excited
    Yes I am excited
    Are you really excited
    Yes absolutely I am excited!
    Are you really pumped
    Yes I am absolutely stoked and pumped!
    Are you excited
    Yes i am pumped and excited

    And this continues for another minute or so before the stunt happens.
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