Reality TV has been around for a surprisingly long time, with shows like Candid Camera, which filmed unsuspecting people responding to offbeat pranks, and Star Search, an ongoing competition that is partially responsible for the career of the Coors Light Twins. The genre truly gained a foothold, however, with the Writer’s Guild Strike of 1998. For a while there it looked like the American public might have to do without a constant barrage of TV programming and actually go outside for once and experience fresh air, but then someone suggested reality television as an option and the catastrophe was mercifully averted.
With Reality TV, you don’t need any of those pesky high-paid writers that you used to in order to knock out a script. You simply put a gym teacher, a housewife, and a serial killer together in the same place, and wait for the magic to happen. A gimmick is generally recommended, such as the group being trapped on a desert island, needing to eat more tarantulas than the other contestants, or convincing one person that they are on a different reality show and competing for $100,000, when in reality the whole thing is just a cruel hoax for the viewing audience’s enjoyment. That’s comedy gold!
Some particularly poor moments in Reality TV history:
Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?
Hogan Knows Best
The Littlest Groom
The Anna Nicole Show
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancée