Reality vs. Scripted Television


Just recently, a new season of Survivor started and I could not be more excited about it. I’ve always loved Survivor and have seen a majority of the past 33 or however many seasons of the show. This season is really exciting because they have brought back a cast full of former players who have been considered “game changers” in past seasons including a few former winners. Whenever they bring back former players its always a fun season because you’ve already formed a strong like or dislike for those players before the season even begins.

Anyways, before Survivor began I had already been watching The Challenge on MTV which is sort of like a combination of the Jersey Shore with the partying and Survivor with the immunity and elimination challenges. What I’ve realized watching these shows is that when they are in season, I look forward to watching them far more than scripted shows. Also, when I watch past seasons that I haven’t seen before of these reality shows, I can binge watch them at an unbelievable pace compared to scripted shows.

I feel like since the days of Jersey Shore, there has been a clear infatuation in our country with reality TV shows and that is evident in today’s society with the popularity of people like the Kardashian family. What I wonder is what it is about reality television that makes it so addicting. Sometimes watching these shows, I grow to hate the people in them and can’t stop rolling my eyes but for some reason, I can’t look away even in the drama filled shows like Jersey Shore. Online I found articles from the years of 2013 and 2014 stating that reality television was finally losing its popularity, however I would argue that with the rise of the Kardashians and the consistent popularity of shows like Survivor and even the fixer-upper HGTV type shows, reality television is still wildly popular. This article here seems to agree.

-Max Lissette

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2 Responses to Reality vs. Scripted Television

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I always liked the competition shows like Survivor and the Amazing Race, but disliked the shows like the Jersey Shore. I liked mainly seeing how people won the competitions. Great article.
    -Jordan Hansgen

  2. mediaphiles says:

    There is something exhilarating about watching a reality television show but I have to wonder, how much of the show is scripted? Do you think all of Survivor is actually true reality?
    – Katherine Naylor

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