Are Reality Shows All That Bad?


Haley Wright, Staff Writer

Reality television, a popular form of entertainment in modern media, is often criticized for being “trashy,” a sentiment I can agree with to a certain extent. Shows like The Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Below Deck, and Jersey Shore are often seen as indulging in drama for the sake of drama, with little substance beyond interpersonal conflicts. While I do admit to occasionally indulging in some of these shows, I draw the line at Keeping Up with the Kardashians, recognizing that they can be excessive in their dramatic portrayals of everyday life.

However, there are reality shows that I do not consider “trashy” and find myself drawn to on a regular basis. Shows like Project Runway, Master Chef, Ink Master, Holiday Baking Championship, and Face Off captivate me with their displays of artistry and talent. Project Runway showcases fashion design, Master Chef focuses on cooking skills, Ink Master delves into tattoos and art, Holiday Baking Championship features baking expertise, and Face Off highlights prosthetic makeup. What sets these shows apart for me is the creative aspect they bring to the table, showcasing skills and talents that I find inspiring.

In contrast to some other reality shows, these artistic shows tend to have less drama between cast members, which I appreciate. Instead of relying on interpersonal conflicts for entertainment, they highlight the process of creating art and the passion that goes into it. It is refreshing to see individuals pursuing their passions and showcasing their talents without unnecessary drama and conflicts.

For me, reality television serves as an escape from my own struggles and reality. It provides a distraction from the challenges of life and allows me to immerse myself in the world of creativity and talent. However, I also acknowledge that there can be a downside to excessive consumption of reality TV. When individuals begin to idolize and overly invest in the lives of the celebrities portrayed on these shows, or when their behavior starts to mimic the excessive drama depicted, it may be a sign of unhealthy obsession.

In conclusion, while reality television may be viewed as “trashy” to some extent, not all reality shows fit this stereotype. There are shows that showcase artistry, talent, and creativity, providing a refreshing departure from the drama-centric narratives often associated with reality TV. As with any form of entertainment, moderation is key, and it is important to recognize when consumption becomes excessive and unhealthy.