As you may or may not know, I am a bit of a TV connoisseur. To me the DVR makes it possible for me to enjoy the smorgasbord of television shows available. Some of you may be book junkies, some may be outdoor or adventure junkies, but I am a TV junkie.
Sad, I know.
That being said, one of my favorite genres of TV has to be Reality TV. Yes, I hear the groans and I can even see the disapproving glances and eye rolling, but nevertheless, I have admitted this on more than one occasion and I’m not going to deny it now.
To me it seems that you’ve got a few different ways of going about this whole Reality TV business…
You can go the easy route and put a bunch of strangers (or celebrities) in a great house filled with booze and let the cameras roll (MTV’s Real World, RWRR Challenge, Jersey Shore), put up some money and let people battle it out and sell their souls for the grand prize (Survivor, Big Brother) or these horrible dating shows (the Bachelor, Rock of Love, etc.).
I also think there is another genre that, for me, plays on the emotions a bit more (the Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover Home Edition). There is one show in particular right now that just gets to me every time I watch it… Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
As someone who struggles with my own addictions (I personally think everyone is addicted to something), seeing these people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction tears me up. My heart breaks for them. My first reaction is to pray for them even though the show was shot months ago. I know that they are trying to fill a hole inside them that can only be filled by God.
It is a little strange for someone to go through detox and try to achieve sobriety while being filmed, but what all of these Reality TV shows come down in my mind is that we can all identify.
We love watching the Omarosa’s of the world because they remind us of another pushy, annoying person in our lives. We enjoy watching contestants on the Biggest Loser shed the pounds because it inspires us. In the same way, we can see a little bit of our own struggles in the addiction of others.
So while some may find Reality TV and TV in general as a waste of time, it doesn’t necessarily rot your brains. It might even inspire you to do get up off the couch and do something.