Reality TV Needs To Go

Reality TV is by-and-large terrible. It’s misleading, edited for dramatic effect, and – in many cases – scripted. Which makes it FICTION by the way, not reality. We’re inundated with the same formula for these programs: shoot endless amounts of footage of people doing relatively mundane things, edit it in a sensational manner, and splice in interviews with cast members who recall their “feelings” during various situations. Stations like TLC, A&E, Discovery, History, and National Geographic used to be known for quality programming. Now they carry an endless parade of garbage like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras, Say Yes To The Dress, Most Dangerous Catch, America’s Next Top Model, Parking Wars, Extreme Makeover, Ice Road Truckers, Restaurant Stakeout, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Biggest Loser, Jersey Shore, Bachelor Pad, Storage Wars, American Chopper, Survivor, All American Gypsy, Big Brother, Breaking Amish, and on and on and on. These are all just Jerry Springer with higher production values. And at least you knew Jerry Springer was fake (at least I hope you did).