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Reality TV Shows, What A Mess They Are

Oct 9, 2007
I remember back when reality TV shows were first getting their start. Though I don't know which shows were first, I remember one of the first I ever saw was the Real World on MTV. Years later, a friend of mine would tell me that Real World was not as real as they wanted you to think. Many of the people on the show were indeed actors, and much of what was on the show was staged. I don't know if there is any truth to what she told me, but quite honestly, nothing would surprise me.

Since then it seems that hundreds of reality television shows have come and gone. While I enjoyed the first season of Survivor, I did not watch any of the following years. The same might be said for American Idol. I enjoyed the first season very much, but only watched the following seasons when I felt like it. Though these were two of the better reality TV shows, I found that I can't stick with them for very long. It's not that they were bad shows, it was just that I was worn out by all of the reality TV shows on every station everywhere.

I knew that the popularity of reality TV shows was going to dwindle when the really bad ones started to come out. Some of them were truly horrific, and I can't imagine why anybody would watch them. I would often be intrigued by an idea, but once I started watching some of these reality television shows I would find myself turning the channel. Most of them turned out to be freak shows, and even though I know there is a market out there for these types of shows, I am not included in that market.

There are still reality TV shows on television. I suspect that because they worked so well for such a long time that they will never entirely disappear. I think that networks are now being more selective about the types of shows they put on the air, and that is perhaps why reality television shows are not what they used to be. One of my favorite television shows comes from Australia. The show mimics the reality TV shows that you had seen in the past. It is set up to look like it is a reality show, but it is indeed scripted and they make it clear that this is the case. Not only is it hilarious, it is a great parody of the worse of reality television. I wish there were more shows like this one on American television.
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