Reality Check

keeping-up-with-the-kardashiansI know someone who admits to limiting her television watching almost entirely to so-called reality TV. She is a mother of young children who also works part time outside the home in the evening. I suspect that in the little bit of time that she has to call her own, she doesn’t want to have to work too hard at following a complicated plot or becoming depressed from some of the very sad and/or violent offerings available to the viewing public.

If someone asked me if I watch reality TV, I would haughtily deny I did any such thing. Hmpff. Who needs to watch the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo? I don’t care what’s in someone’s abandoned storage locker or about the problems of having 19 children. Really? 19 children?

But here’s the thing. I might deny watching reality television, but I would be lying. Because when I looked on the internet to find out what reality TV shows were currently popular, I was quite surprised to find that I watched a fair number of them.

Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, not to mention many, many Food Network programs. I can call them whatever I want, but they are, in fact, reality television. Who knew?


I even watch Chrisley Knows Best, but mostly because I love Todd Chrisley’s AWESOME Georgia accent. But we all have our excuses, don’t we?

For the most part, however, my reality television is limited to cooking programs and talent programs. I have watched American Idol almost from the beginning. I don’t think I have ever missed an episode of Dancing With Buzz-Aldrin-Cha-01-2010-03-22the Stars. I even watched Buzz Aldren clomp his way around the dance floor week after week until I thought my head would explode. You should have stopped with the moon landing, Buzz.

I strongly suspect that many baby boomers keep programs such as Dancing With the Stars on the air. Despite the fact that they keep trying to make the program palatable to a younger demographic, I suspect the actual demographic looks a lot like me.

At this time, I must admit to you that not only do I watch programs such as Dancing With the Stars and American Idol, I might actually, well, uh, you see, sometimes, on occasion, I even, um, vote. Again and again and again, to be perfectly honest. I’m pretty sure I’m single-handedly saving Clark Beckham each week on American Idol.  And I have such a crush on Riker Lynch on Dancing With the Stars that it isn’t even funny. I think it’s because he’s from Littleton, Colorado. I’m going with that, anyway so it doesn’t seem too perverted.

I know I’m not the only one who votes on these performance-based reality television shows. While Jen and I mostly agree on who we like (Scotty McCreery owes us BIG TIME), there have been occasions when we have pretty much cancelled out each other’s votes.

I’ve only just this year discovered The Voice, and I’m totally addicted. I don’t know if it will be a long-standing love affair since I’ve never watched it before, but I’m certainly caught up in the drama this year. Oh Adam.

I was pretty sure that reality TV was a passing fancy, but I’m thinking it’s here to stay. I’m just waiting until my family hits the reality scene. We definitely have the makings…….

How about you? Do you vote on any of the performance programs?

7 thoughts on “Reality Check

  1. I love reality TV!! I have since the first reality show The Real World aired on MTV in 9th grade! Everyone tells me it’s not “real” but I don’t care! I don’t think the Kardashians know best or that The Housewives live normal lives but it’s an escape from my life for half an hour or more😗

  2. Hmmm , the Gloor family reality show? You could call it, “Home On The Range “. Stove, that is. You are all such great cooks. Dave could do his own show, “Baking Raves with Dave”. Bill’s show would be, “Painting With Bill While Not Having To Clean A Single Darn Brush”.

  3. I watch a little bit of everything but I fell out of American Idol and have never really watched the Voice, even tho the judges are awesome. Erik gives me a hard time about anything Real Housewives-ish. I have to agree…those ladies are cray cray. So now I have resigned myself to Erik’s chosen reality TV…Swamp People, Gator Boys, Dual Survival. I surely do hope I learn how to wrestle a gator or survive in the wild.

    • Your comment made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. Swamp People. Gator Boys. I really do expect to hear that you are wrestling alligators soon. I remember being very surprised to learn that my sweet daughter-in-law Jll was applying to be considered as a contestant on Survivors. I couldn’t imagine that she watched that show, but (at that time anyway) it was a never-miss program for her.

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