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(Entertainment Weekly)   Reality TV shows are full of unreal B.S   ( divider line
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13577 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jan 2003 at 10:08 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-01-19 10:11:32 AM  
Let me answer with the obvious: No Farking shiat!
2003-01-19 10:15:38 AM  
Joe Millionaire guy will probably end up a millionaire (if he isn't one already) from writing a book, getting movie roles, etc. Feh!
2003-01-19 10:16:16 AM  
yeah, it'll be the 'real world' when mtv pays *my* rent.
2003-01-19 10:16:59 AM  
These complaints are pretty small potatoes.
2003-01-19 10:19:26 AM  
I think that the Joe Milionaire guy really is a millionaire and Fox is just screwing with us. I think that will be the real suprise of the show. Of course I hope not because I want to see how pissed those women are when they find out he is poor.
2003-01-19 10:22:19 AM  
Hey Mr. Joe millionaire: Sam Donaldson called, he wants his eyebrows back.
2003-01-19 10:24:10 AM  
'Pop-up hell' is quite real, however.
2003-01-19 10:27:25 AM  
In other news, the sky is blue.
2003-01-19 10:35:55 AM  
The only reality show I have seen is Fear Factor, and only once.

Thank God for DirecTv.
2003-01-19 10:40:27 AM  
I think Joe Millionaire was given a bunch of money after the show, as a reward for participating.
2003-01-19 10:44:36 AM  
No! My faith in the world of megacorp "entertainment" is shaken irrevocably.
2003-01-19 10:47:34 AM  
And the masses of mindless fools continue staring at the electronic images, brain disengaged from cognitive functions.
2003-01-19 10:52:59 AM  
I won't read the article because the popcorn ad asswipe thing in my way.

I hate reality shows. Given though I watched the first 2-3 seasons of Real World and Road Rules because they were actually originally. And I actually worked on a Disney pilot about families getting trips to Disney resorts.

I really hate them, BUT love Surreal Life. These are has-beens of my teen years. Most of them. "Webster". "MC Hammer". Corey Feldman, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, the nerdy School paper girl from Beverly Hills 90210 Gabrielle something, and recent celebrities Survivor Jerry and a Playboy Bunny Brande Roderick. Stupid yes, over-exposed yes, would I miss an episode - no.
2003-01-19 10:58:32 AM  
why tv? the internet is INFINITELY more interesting.
2003-01-19 10:59:49 AM  
And the masses of mindless fools continue staring at the electronic images, brain disengaged from cognitive functions
What, you mean Fark?
2003-01-19 11:01:17 AM  
say it ain't so, joe
2003-01-19 11:02:38 AM  
The reality is, many people prefer television to real life.
2003-01-19 11:03:07 AM  
FARK is interactive. informative. interesting.

wait....are you all bots? crap, i've been thinking i was getting realy answers here!
2003-01-19 11:08:01 AM  
"The bigger question is over viewers' standards in this post-9/11 world."

I'm sorry, but why is it that every time someone is interviewed for, well, ANYTHING, they have to throw this phrase in???
2003-01-19 11:31:17 AM  
In other news. Milfhunter and BangBus are also staged.
2003-01-19 11:34:40 AM  
Not MILFhunter !!!!!


2003-01-19 11:48:29 AM  
When I was in college, looking for an internship in the entertainment industry, I found an ad looking for interns to work in the script department for The Real World.
2003-01-19 11:51:02 AM  

I picked up a book at a discount sale about the "Real World: Miami" written by Joe Patane, one of the cast members, and it was a pretty interesting read.

I knew the "reality shows" were faked to some degree, but didn't get the idea of how far it really went until after I read the book.

He talks about how sequences were either rearranged or spliced together over a period of months, as well as other stuff that happened.

I'd recommend it if you're looking for some light reading for a few hours.

2003-01-19 12:04:42 PM  
Uhhh..I'm not familiar with the MILFHunter or the BangBus

2003-01-19 12:17:51 PM  

It won't be reality TV for another few decades and I won't watch it until then. I'm thinking Running Man or Survivor: Lord of the Flies...when the stupid, fame-hungy whore contestants really die for their obsession, then it will make great TV. Think of the ratings!!

Hippie cliche - kill you tv.

2003-01-19 12:29:56 PM  
"This is HDTV... it has better resolution than reality."

- Fry
2003-01-19 12:35:05 PM  
"The bigger question is over viewers' standards in this post-9/11 world."

that is exactly what I thought. it is used like B.C. and A.D.

yes it was a real tragady but it is so over exposed and cliche'd now I hope I never heard about. Only the OJ trial was more over exposed
2003-01-19 12:38:58 PM  
Post-9/11 world? Didn't the first Survivor (the "grandaddy of all reality shows" as this article informatively informs us) come on before 9/11? I don't even watch the stupid things, but I'm pretty sure it did.

Have to admit that I have watched a few of the dating shows--the half-hour ones, where the "contestants" go on choreographed dates with total strangers. Hilarious.
2003-01-19 12:45:02 PM  
I think joe millinaire is funny. of course the one I was sure was there for the money was eliminated so I can't see the gready biatch get what she deserves.

still it is entertaining and I realize alot of people go on these shows for the opportunities that happen afterwards
2003-01-19 12:54:12 PM  
It really disturbs me when a show with excellent writing (and the requirements of watchers to have an imagination and thought process) like Firefly struggles to draw 4 million viewers thus getting axed. Same thing with Family Guy and The Job.

And then shows like Joe Millionaire, Star Search all premiere at 16 million.

I used to dig survivor, but its getting old and redundant.
2003-01-19 01:01:28 PM  
Jeho, or shows like Farscape and Futurama too.
2003-01-19 01:16:30 PM  
WHAT?!?! Family Guy got cut? NOOOOOOOOOO! That show's the only thing keeping me sane right now. :(
2003-01-19 01:25:35 PM  
"nobody ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the american public"
2003-01-19 01:56:48 PM  
Reality shows you will never see: Survivor Baffin Island.

1) It's in Canada. Most Americans don't even know Canada exists (yeah, OK, they don't know where the Marquesas are, either).
2) 10-12 people in identical parkas eating seal blubber.
3) It's too damn cold for string bikinis.

AS I've said before, reality shows glorify three American values: greed, backstabbing and sexy nudity.
2003-01-19 02:05:49 PM  
I pride myself on never having watched Survivor, or any of its ilk. Obviously though, there is a demand for this type of bovine scatology, or the networks wouldn't be saturating prime time with it.
2003-01-19 02:07:51 PM  
...high school reuninon? what the hell is/was that?
2003-01-19 02:09:44 PM  
Jeho, people don't WANT to think when they watch tv. That's why it's called the idiot box. People want to be able to kick back, watch some tv and forget about what a shiatty day they had.

If TV was anything like reality it would be too depressing.
2003-01-19 02:17:34 PM  
It bothers me that people are willing to be humiliated on TV, and it bothers me that people want to WATCH people be humiliated.
I prefer to be humiliated in private.
2003-01-19 02:25:57 PM  
Its interesting how many people say they dont watch TV or these reality shows, yet, 16 million people tune in every week.

I'll admit it. I watch reality shows and I think Jeff Probst is hot.
2003-01-19 02:47:52 PM  
I don't care how scripted or unscriupted The Osbournes is, I can watch that show until my eyes bleed. Except for the Jack/Dill wrestling scene. I think that DID make my eyes bleed.
2003-01-19 02:57:39 PM  
Survivor was fun in its first iteration. Everything after that was more of the same, and quite frankly, boring.
2003-01-19 03:00:32 PM  
The reason FireFly got cancelled is because it was a watered down version of what Joss Whedon originally slated it to be. It was diluted by network executives to the point where it looked like every other sci-fi show.

FireFly started to break out of this mold on its last episode (ep 10) but it was too little too late. You still may see FireFly on the WB but its days on Fox are over. Oh yeah, Family Guy is the funniest show on TV (err... ex-show?).
2003-01-19 03:11:26 PM  
Thanks entertainment weekly, i base all my serious life choices off your magazine....

I hate pop culture
2003-01-19 03:15:08 PM  
Gee....ya think?
2003-01-19 03:15:19 PM  
A little while ago I had an idea for a reality show called "Suckerpunch!". I haven't figured out the specifics of it, like how the "winner" is determined, but the show will definitely involve plenty of these empty-headed reality-TV famewhores being punched in the face unexpectedly.

After I make my millions from that idea, I can get to work on my masterpiece: "The Real Real World", which follows a real guy who works a real shiatty job in a fast food joint or a meat packing plant or a factory or someplace for really lousy pay and comes home to a shiatty apartment that he can barely afford, microwaves a shiatty Hungry-Man dinner and turns on his shiatty TV to find that there's nothing on except shiatty "reality" shows. Since he's broke, there's no girlfriend there to greet him. The show will end when the guy gets sick of his miserable existance and eats the business end of a pistol R. Budd Dwyer-style.
2003-01-19 03:17:09 PM  

Wow, you took those word right out of my mouth dude.

Oh yeh, WTF happened to family guy? God dammit, that was the funniest shiat. How can they cancel that show yet king of the freekin hill continues to air? I mean, who watches that redneck crap?
2003-01-19 03:37:51 PM  
Waaaah! Popups! Waaah! USE MOZILLA!
2003-01-19 04:14:07 PM  
I'll admit it, I watch Joe Millionare. But only so I can see just how shallow these gold diggers are, and how low they'll get, only to get burned. I'm gonna laugh when that show's over and the girl that "won" runs off to give the first rich guy she sees a bj.
2003-01-19 04:14:11 PM  
Good shiat on TV:

Junkyard Wars
Full Metal Challenge
Monster Garage
The car shows on TNN Sat and Sun afternoons.
The car shows on FLN.
Speed channel

Crap on TV:

Everything else.
2003-01-19 04:28:40 PM  
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