favourite kind of
reality TV show?
Yes, yes, I know–you don’t have one, because reality television isn’t real and it’s so fake and it clearly augers the end of western civilization as we know it, blah, blah, blah.
Regardless of your firm stance against them, they’re not going away anytime soon in a vast multichannel chasm of entertainment that constantly demands new, cheap content. And chances are that as much as you say you hate them, there’s at least ONE show or genre that you actually don’t mind. Yes, there are a lot of Jersey Shores, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Bikini Barber Shops (I’m not making that last one up) out there, but to dismiss the whole genre out of hand because of the worst possible examples is kinda like refusing to see Some Like It Hot because you didn’t like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
I mean the Antiques fricking Road Show counts as reality TV and it’s on PBS!
So, yeah, clearly I don’t share a lot of folks’ knee-jerk bias against the format and take a lot of its cliches and problems in stride–mostly because some of them are so goddamn good at making me feel emotions and I like feeling emotions! This is especially true of my emotional kryptonite–cooking competition shows.
Of these my favourites remain Top Chef and Masterchef–the first for the level of the competition being displayed and the second because I have a big huge crush on Gordon Ramsay and don’t care who knows it. He just makes me happy. Deal with it.
Now, c’mon….there has to be one or two shows that you don’t loathe and are willing to admit watching. What are they? And do they have Gordon Ramsay in them?