Reality TV???

Desiree - posted on 05/23/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Just turned on the boob box, and yet again we have another "Reality Show", Can anyone please tell me what is America's obsession with "Reality TV". Is life not real enough that we are being force feed a lot of rubbish.
Sorry in South Africa it's Rugby and Rugby, or its cricket and if you haven't had enough of that there's Soccer, golf or Formula 1.
Britain has some nice interesting ones like dance shows and songs shows and shows about Andrew Lloyd Weber picking an new star for a musical,(Ok credit where credit is due Theater and Britain do go together) But they also have an obsession with Food and chefs are creeping out from everywhere. Austrialian's sorry I don't don't see many of your shows but you guys do make some of the best series. But I really can't understand America's Obsession with Reality TV.

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Amanda - posted on 05/24/2011

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I love reality tv, some of my fav shows are

Survivor (That Boston Rob rocked it this season)
Big Brother (cant wait for this summer guilty pleasure)
American Idol
The Voice

I also watch the food network daily, not because I cant cook but because I enjoy getting new ideas for dinner in this home. My children and husband are very grateful for my food network addiction. :0)

I don’t see how reality tv can make ppl lazy, bad mothers, or not be able to cook. I am also confused on what time you think reality tv shows are on Deanna Jersett ? Because in my world most of my shows start at 8 pm when my children are getting ready for bed, also I own a PVR I can watch my shows whenever I have free time. So to claim mothers who watch reality shows aren’t spending time with their children or doing their duties as a mother, is so out of touch with reality its unbelievable.

Btw I am sure all the mothers on here realize reality tv isn’t actually reality since they are all highly intelligent woman.

Right now it is 8:18 am, I have already gotten 2 kids ready for school, done two loads of laundry, made 2 lunches, feed a toddler, and wrote this message, btw the rest of my day is busy too, and tonight I will be watching The Voice, while ignoring my sleeping children. :0)

Stifler's - posted on 05/24/2011

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Srsly... how much time can we actually spend cleaning? People who clean that much are looking for things to clean just to do something, that's no healthier than watching reality tv IMO. I love Masterchef.

Jenn - posted on 05/23/2011

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Because it makes you feel normal to see how absolutely crazy other people are.

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Stifler's - posted on 05/25/2011

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Haha we got all these new channels on "freeview" and they are playing Rockford, Quincy ME, Miami Vice, A Team, Brady Bunch, Mork and Mindy and all those kind of shows, it's good. I love Iron Chef too because of the more interesting ingredients they have... it's always something like octopus or pig feet or something.

Johnny - posted on 05/25/2011

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I don't really do reality tv. I generally don't enjoy it. I watched it when it was the new thing, Survivor and such, but it got really boring. However I've now been sucked into Dancing with the Stars.

My hubby is a food network addict. He loves all those cooking shows. The only one I can stand is Iron Chef. But only if I'm stuck in bed sick, can't sleep and nothing else is on.

I prefer my tv stuck some time in the late 70's, early 80's. Give me a little Rockford Files, Miami Vice, or Magnum PI and I'm a happy girl. I do like those new fangled remote control things they've invented though.

Is my age showing?

Charlie - posted on 05/25/2011

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Masterchef is AWESOME I also like mind numbing shows like Jersey shore .

Isobel - posted on 05/25/2011

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I love ALL reality TV...honestly, if I didn't have to do anything else, I wouldn't.

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2011

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I hated Big Brother. Australia doesn't do it any more - the last season didn't get the ratings apparently.

Lucy - posted on 05/24/2011

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The absolute most annoying reality TV show we have here is Big Brother where the TV channel shoves a load of nutters into a house and films them 24/7. Its rather dire and very irritating :)
My secret indulgence is 'The Apprentice' with Lord Alan Sugar, the egos on the people on that show are something to be believed!!
At least we have Dr Who, which is filmed in Wales (where I live)
There are a lot of American shows I like too but they all seem to be getting canned at the moment so by the time we get them here in the UK they are already finished in America
Hopefully reality Tv is a passing fad......

Krista - posted on 05/24/2011

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I hate cooking shows! My husband watches them all the time, but I can't stand SEEING all this yummy food and not being able to taste it...it's such a let down lol! (Yeah, I know I could cook it myself, but I'm too busy watching the Real Housewives of Orange County ;)

Stifler's - posted on 05/24/2011

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I don't even care who wins or who goes home I just watch to see what they have to make!

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2011

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Oh that sounds yummy Krista! I love Dinners, Drive ins and Dives, when my family and I drive down to FL at christmas we are going to try to stop at some of the resturants hes featured (I know not healthy but damn yummy LOL).

Krista - posted on 05/24/2011

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Yeah, cooking shows rock. My mom is an awesome cook, and taught me well, but thanks to some of the things I've learned on cooking shows, I've actually managed to teach HER a thing or two.

One recipe I learned from a show (French Food at Home) was for this amazing smoked salmon pizza made with a Bechamel sauce and green onion. It was phenomenal. It would also work beautifully as little mini-pizzas for hors d'oeuvres if having company in.

Jodi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Absolutely!!! I figure my day started at 7am when I had to organise kids for school, and it didn't finish until about 8pm when my 6 year old went to bed, and in there I had a few breaks, but I feel NO guilt at all sitting on my arse now for a few hours.

Stifler's - posted on 05/24/2011

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I just watch stuff on tv if I want to watch it and do house work in the ads lol or like right now my kid is in bed and I loaded the dishwasher ages ago and there is no washing to fold, I think I'm entitled to watch tv and eat garlic crackers bahaha

Jodi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Exactly Emma. And we have a TV in both of our main living areas (namely the loung/study, and the kitchen/Dining), and I usually have either that or the stereo on for company during the day. After all, my kids are at school all day, and I work at home, so it gets pretty quiet here!!

Jodi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Actually, I tell a lie, the 13 year old is still up. But it's his downtime too.

Jodi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Oh well, I am watching the Survivor finale as we speak.....and I hate watching MOST sport. Oh, and before survivor, I watched masterchef. Secret's out.

I watch while I cook dinner, and in fact baked a batch of muffins tonight too. Kids are fed, tucked up in bed. It's MY time now.

Jenn - posted on 05/24/2011

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ANY show that isn't completely scripted and has people acting as a character, is considered to be "reality tv" these days - so yes, that would include those dancing shows and cooking shows and house hunters etc.

Deanna, I don't watch TV during the day - only at night when my kids are in bed and all of my daily duties have been fulfilled. My Mum DID teach me how to cook and bake and knit and all kinds of other things - but I still enjoy watching cooking shows sometimes. Is it a bad thing to want to continually learn new skills? I don't think so - in fact I'd say it's quite the opposite. Don't be so closed-minded that you wouldn't want to possibly try something new in the kitchen - you just might surprise yourself. And if you want to know what I did yesterday, I did 2 loads of laundry and hung them on the line, I made all the beds in the house, I prepared 3 meals for my family and baked some cookies, the kids and I had a "picnic" in the tent in the backyard because it was raining but we didn't let it ruin our plans and the we read some books in there, I did the dishes, tidied up some things outside, played outside with the kids after it rained, and watered my flowers (they're in hanging baskets so the rain doesn't get to them). After all of that, I got the kids into bed and cuddled with them and THEN I watched the season premiere of The Bachelorette. But you're right - reality TV makes me a stupid lazy poor excuse of a mother. *rolls eyes*

Krista - posted on 05/24/2011

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Oh, shows like that are just utter crap, in my opinion. I see no reason why the idiotic, trashy behaviour these people exhibit should be encouraged and rewarded like that.

Desiree - posted on 05/24/2011

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Is "So you think you can dance" or "Dancing with the Stars' really regarded as a reality show I thought those fell under varitiy and Cooking shows the last time I looked also fell under Cooking. I am wondering about Jerseyliuos , Holly's world, Kendra, The Real Housewives and Bachelor. why would anyone really want to know what that fool Kendra does in her private life is beyond me.

Joanna - posted on 05/23/2011

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So You Think You Can Dance is my favorite, too, Krista! I love when some of the dances leave me with goosebumps.

Krista - posted on 05/23/2011

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Wow, Deanna. That was quite the walking briefcase full of stereotypes. So you want that I should go wake my toddler up to spend some time with him, instead of watching TV? Or go weed my garden at 10pm?

Some of us enjoy cooking shows in order to get new ideas on recipes and on techniques, and may not live in an area where cooking classes are available. I also watch the home decorating shows to get ideas.

As far as traditional network reality shows go, I don't enjoy the "trashy" ones, but I can see how other people would find them entertaining, in a train-wreckish sort of way. Personally, the only reality show (other than the Food Network and HGTV stuff) is So You Think You Can Dance. I think that the talent shown by these dancers is nothing short of astonishing, and love that this show has given such talented individuals a public forum.

Joanna - posted on 05/23/2011

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I guess stupid lil me who can't cook will just ignore her kids and watch the Food Network tonight.

*eyeroll*

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Americans are obssessed with "reality tv" because most of those that watch it are stupid enough to believe that it is in fact a "reality". When in "reality" there is and never has been anything "real" about any of it. It is all designed to bring in viewers and in turn money. As for the food shows it is all because people have no clue how to cook and that is the only way they can "wing it". They obviously weren't taught as a child by their mother and now are to busy or lazy to just take a cooking class to learn or further their cooking skills.

Do I know how to tweek all your butts or what? Know what else? I mean every word of it. :) IMO people need to get their face off the "reality shows" and spend more time with their kids or actually DOING something. (what about me? So far today I have cooked, cleaned a whole house, changed locks on said house, done laundry, went to a meeting, done kid related things, and interacted with friends. So far....)

Tania - posted on 05/23/2011

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I don't watch the nutty shows. I do watch American Idol and House Hunters.
Oh and speaking of House Hunters...my sister and her family are on on May 26th. A family that moves from Ottawa Canada to Dallas TX....which one will they chose ;) Too bad I don't know the date that its on in Canada.

Joanna - posted on 05/23/2011

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Jenn took my answer! When I'm having a rough day, I just turn on VH1 and laugh at the herpes-ridden women slapping each other for Brett Michael's affection, or rich white women in tears because their "friend" got a Birkin bag before they did, etc etc.

Rosie - posted on 05/23/2011

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it's entertaining to see the nutbags out there. plus, some are "love" stories, and are like a fantasy. others like american idol make it seem like anything is attainable.
you probably understand it as much as i understand the rest of the worlds obsession with the most god awful sport in the world (next to basketball) soccer, lol.

Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2011

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Oh I don't know but it's so annoying. The Hills, what a fucking boring show. Same with "the City" and that Guido show. I love Wife Swap though. Is Hoarders a reality show?

Krista - posted on 05/23/2011

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For me, it's a guilty pleasure. Most of the "stars" of reality shows are morons, but that makes it even more fun to watch! I like Bachelor, all the "Real Housewives" shows, Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars.

Jenn - posted on 05/23/2011

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I'm Canadian, but the reality shows I like are: American Idol (watched the Canadian one before it was cancelled), America's Got Talent, Bachelor, Big Brother, Celebrity Apprentice, Super Nanny, Wife Swap, Biggest Loser, Canada's Worst Driver, Crash Test Mommy, Dragon's Den, Hell's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Til Debt Do Us Part, and I'm sure there are some I can't think of. I don't watch all of them religiously, but those are ones that I will watch or have watched at some point.

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