What do you think?

Do you LOVE reality TV or see it as the downfall of America? Which shows do you watch and which show would you be on if you could?

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16 Responses to What do you think?

  1. mssc54 says:

    I’m proud to say I’ve never watched a reality show.

  2. Jenny says:

    LOVE most of them!!! Big Brother, Amazing Race, Hell’s Kitchen, America’s Next Top Model, Survivor, Bachelor & Bachelorette, Dancing with The Stars. Stinks when some shows come on at the same time and I have to flip back and forth in between them.

  3. SKL says:

    I have never watched one, unless you count The Apprentice.

    Why exactly do they call them reality shows? Like anyone’s real life or real personality is like that?

    I don’t think they make or break humanity. But I do feel that (a) it’s sad that so many people have nothing better to do than watch that, and (b) it is scary if people really look at that and think “that’s reality.”

  4. Joy says:

    I really like a few of these shows. The Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars, which I won’t be watching for the first time ever but nobody on that cast is a “star” to me this time and I’m just not interested. I like Survivor, and Big Brother. I can’t take too many of them because they all see too alike but a few of them are good. I used to watch The Biggest Loser but the people just got too big. I liked it better when they were more like “us.”

    I forgot about American Idol. I watched that last season for the first time in 5 or 6 years. I don’t like it when they’re on more than once a week. It takes up too much time but I loved last year.

    I don’t think they’re the ruination of mankind or anything but I like variety. I like a few CSI type shows and a Law and Order thrown in. I love Parenthood, Blue Bloods, Harry’s Law and the Good Wife. I’m looking more forward to the upcoming television season more than I’ve looked forward to one in years. I love the new variety coming our way.

  5. Laura says:

    I haven’t watched Prime Time in a very long time, primarily because we don’t have a TV in the main part of our house. There’s one upstairs in our bedroom, and one in the basement, which is very cold. And most of the time, we’re on the main floor. (I planned it that way. didn’t want Josh to do the slack-jawed kid thing)

    Anyway… when I *did* watch Prime Time, back in The Day, I enjoyed American Idol – I picked Carrie Underwood out as the winner during her first audition in the one and only season I watched from start to finish. I also watched, that season, I think… The Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, Skating with the Stars (which I LOVED, but then I’m a skating geek), and Home Makeover. Oh, and a couple episodes of Amazing Race. I’ve also seen sporadic episodes of Biggest loser.

    I tend to like the “competition with talent” shows better than most of the other ‘reality’ shows. I never liked Survivor, because it always seemed so mean and underhanded. But, to be fair, I never really sat and watched it – it was more of a drive-by thing, so I will admit, I could be totally off-base with that one.

    What I absolutely do NOT like is stuff like The Bachelor, or Big Brother, Jersey Shore, Housewives of Wherever (although if they ever come up with a Redneck/Trailer Park version of that, I might watch. It *must* be hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, though). I never understood those – I think those are a little bit of “downfall of society” shows, simply because these people don’t DO anything to earn their celebrity except be catty and sleep around.

  6. Just a Mom says:

    I have never been able to really get into reality tv. Is it really “reality” if you have lights and cameras following your every move? I can’t say these shows are the downfall of society, I think Beavis & Butthead took care of that.

  7. SKL says:

    If people want to see reality, why aren’t they following me around with a camera? I’m pretty real. For that matter, watching my daily doings might be a cure for some people’s insomnia. Could kill two birds with one stone.

  8. Laura says:

    Can I tangent here? Joy, you mentioned CSI and Law & Order. Am I the only one who is kinda sick of them? And kinda sick of the whole “let’s remake/spinoff something that was wildly popular 5/10/20/30 years ago” thing that seems to be going on?

    Don’t get me wrong, I used to really love CSI: NY. I don’t watch it anymore because of the aforementioned TV placement, and because we always seem to run bedtime into broadcast times of those shows. But I quit watching Law & Order years ago, when they were spinning off new shows constantly. And SVU turned me off when it seemed like they were killing/mutilating children in every episode.

    I guess I just miss when TV was just for entertainment. “Friends” was actually fun to watch. Yeah, it was mostly silly, but that’s why we watched it. To forget about the nonsense of the day. And backing up more… Frasier. Cheers. Family Ties. Happy Days. Andy Griffith. Beverly Hillbillies…. All these shows showed people who were happy. Who may not have been rich, but they lived good lives and had good friends. Now, it just seems like there has to be drama (reality shows, crime shows), or angst (reality shows), or kids mouthing off to parents (sit coms, which… are there even sitcoms on anymore?).

    Ok. Tangent ended.

    • Joy says:

      The thing that’s so irritating to me is, for example, they had a huge hit with CSI so the make 2 more “spin-offs.” Now there are 3! I never did watch the NY one but I grew tired of the same type of story-lines. They did the same thing with Law and Order. I mean really, how many of them can you watch? They also did it with NCIS. All the same type of shows too. All they do is add new people and make it in a different place but all the plots are alike after a while. That’s what gets to me. That’s why I’m looking forward to this upcoming tv programming. They take something really good and then shove it down our throats and we tire of them so quickly. I can’t even tell you the last time we watched CSI.

  9. Vicki says:

    I LOVE reality TV..I watch more of that then regular shows i think.. Big brother, sometimes survivor, the amazing race, jersey shore, the real housewives, the kardashians(is that reality i dont know) deadlist catch, ice road truckers, black gold, im sure there is more but they don’t come to mind right now

  10. Sue says:

    I like some reality TV. Survivor, Biggest Looser, DWTS, AGT. One that we started watching last year that I REALLY like is Flying Wild Alaska. We also love Storm Chasers. The closest thing to reality TV with real reality is probably WipeOut! The kids love that show and there is nothing staged about that!

  11. Nikki says:

    We watch a TON of reality TV. My husband likes drama, thankfully he no longer causes it, but he does like to see cat fights! I know i’ll get shit for this, because a lot of you here, don’t watch these things but here goes…we watch

    Real House Wives
    Jersey Shore
    American Pickers
    Picker Sisters
    American Restoration
    Pawn Stars
    Undercover Boss
    Amazing Race
    Flying Wild Alaska
    Dual Survivor
    Swamp People
    One Man Army
    Extreme Make over-Home edition
    Flipping Out
    American Idol -although I am getting burnt out on that
    The Voice-so much better than AI!
    Ridiculousness…a new one

    I’m sure, a few others, but you get the point. We do like reality TV!

  12. Phyllis says:

    No reality shows for me, thank you very much. I don’t watch that much t.v., so when I do I lean toward comedies or cop shows. How’s that for one extreme to the other? I much prefer to read and/or do thing on the computer.

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