Somewhere in the past decade or so, my taste in television has shifted dramatically. Gone are the hours spent watching CSI, CSI:NY, Friends, Law & Order, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, and whatever else I used to enjoy every evening. Instead, my time is primarily spent watching reality television.
There is just something innately interesting about watching other people interact in unique environments. There are stories that are told and storylines that develop over time…all just by watching people. Maybe it’s one step away from the Romans cheering on as the Christians were being fed to lions and slaughtered by gladiators…but I’m totally fascinated with people watching. Thus, I must confess to being a reality show junkie. I just can’t stop myself.
I’m not sure about your tastes in TV, but here is what I love to watch…
Survivor – This is the show that really started it all. And at one point, I stopped watching it entirely. I began watching again when I started dating Sunshine and now the whole family cannot wait to watch the upcoming season. What I love about the show is how it has evolved over the past 20+ seasons. There are so many elements to playing the game now that weren’t around initially (we recently re-watched the third season and were blown away at just how different the game was). We love hidden immunity idols. We love the twists. We love Redemption Island. We love returning players trying for one more shot at the title. We love Jeff Probst (yeah…he really does make this show). This show, after all these years, is still evolving and is still awesome.
@Midnight – It’s difficult to explain the concept of this show, but I’ll try. It’s a comedy faux-game show that makes fun of online headlines, photos, stories, and people. The points don’t really matter but it’s fun to see who wins at the end. Quite simply put, it’s one of the best shows on television today. It’s a bit racy at times so the kids don’t watch, but Sunshine and I absolutely LOVE this show and would recommend it to anybody with a sense of humour.
Amazing Race (both US & Canada versions) – I was the one who introduced this show to Sunshine’s girls and now they’re all over it like white on rice. I’ve watched almost every single season since the show’s inception primarily because I love to travel so watching it is enjoyable just on that level alone. Add to it the tasks that must be performed and the always unique twosome pairings that are used and you have a recipe for fun viewing.
MasterChef (US, Junior, & Canada versions) – We’re all late to the party on this show, but now we can’t get enough. We only started watching the original MasterChef last season and were immediately hooked. Then the Junior version came out and the girls were all over it. Then we watched the Canadian version and are catching-up on the latest season of the original version. The home chefs are always different, but the way the show is produced is still the same regardless of the head chefs are (though you can’t do better than Gordon Ramsey) so we’re all enjoying the heck out of these shows.
Come Dine With Me Canada – I don’t know if this is nearly as popular in the US as it is here in Canada, but if Sunshine and I are looking for a couple of hours to kill without the kids around, we will watch five episodes back-to-back for shits and gigs. Basically, five people get together each night for a week, and each of them host their own dinner party (appetizer, entrée, dessert, and entertainment). Each night, the four people who ate the food give scores to the host and then the winner at the end of the week wins $1,000. It’s hilarious because the people that they get for this show are normally insane (or drunk)…leaving for some very entertaining television.
America’s Got Talent – This is one of those programs that the entire family loves watching together. It’s enjoyable from the sense that it’s a new-age variety show and you’ll get people from all walks of life trying to entertain you with a hundred different types of entertainment. It’s got singers that could easily be on American Idol or The Voice, it’s got comedians and magicians and other acts that you would easily see in Las Vegas, and it has acts that you may have never seen before that completely blow your mind. The judges each have their own distinct personality and the results are usually very entertaining.
So that’s my huge list of reality television. Don’t even get me started on shows like Bar Rescue, Chopped, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, American Pickers, or even Drive-Ins, Diners, & Dives…there are simply too many to watch!
What do YOU watch?