It’s rare to turn on a television and not experience reality TV. It’s everywhere. From Kardashians to American Idol, reality TV is here. Whether you watch a little or a lot of it, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish what’s real and what isn’t. Is the Bachelor really in love with these women or is it just scripted? Did the Kardashians really just buy a new house or was that just for show? Besides the producers, the crew and the people on these shows, who knows what’s real?
Reality TV is on a rise. With new shows being produced every day, there can never be a shortage. But which shows are real and which are scripted? They all claim to be “real” reality shows but they only show you certain things. If these shows were truly real wouldn’t we see more reality? I understand only certain segments are allowed on certain networks, according to their rating as well, but are we being fooled by these shows?
I’ve watched American Idol for years but suddenly, and I feel like I’m not the only one, I can’t bring myself to watch it anymore. It seems rigged and fake. You only see the likable people or the people they want you make fun of or get attached too. I know they see a lot of people who audition but why aren’t we seeing some of those other auditions? Who decides who makes it on the air and who doesn’t because it doesn’t seem fair anymore? Voting also seems rigged. People have complained, as I am, how voting isn’t turning out right. Favoritism by the producers and network executives seems to be in play. And because of this, I definitely can’t watch anymore.
One of my favorite networks is MTV. They have some of the best reality shows, in my opinion. My new favorite is Catfish. Nev and Max are my two favorite men to watch on Wednesday night just before bed. As they continue to help people find their loves or people they think they’re in love with, you can’t help but get swept up into it all. You never know who you’re going to meet, how they’re going to react, or if they’ll be a happy ending. There are less “happily ever after” endings than you can hope for but it doesn’t stop you from watching. What truly makes this a great reality show is how every emotion, every thought, and every detail is practically shown to you. They don’t hold much back and I appreciate that.
Whether you’re watching Kardashians have fun, people falling in and out of love, chefs going head to head, or superstar hopefuls battling it out, reality TV is what it is. Most of the time it’s entertaining. Is it real? As an audience member, I can’t say for sure. Yet, not many of us truly care as long as we’re entertained. We are the reason these shows keep getting put on air and have season after season. People just want to be entertained and they’ll take it however they can get it. So bring it on reality TV.