I love shows that suspend my (dis)belief; it?s the shows that seem all too real that I find hard to watch. Teen Moms and Jersey Shore folks; Beverley Hills Housewives and Bachelors being paid to look for love?they?re all pretty disturbing. While it?s well-known that reality shows are partially scripted, overdramatized and heavily edited, it?s the pretence that the actions these folks are taking are real which drives out any enjoyment from watching them. Is it better that they?re only the way they are because of the editing and scripting, or are they really like that? What?s worse?
Check out Twitter on any night and you?ll see people tweeting ?I can?t stand to watch Kate and her eight kids anymore. Who? else is watching?? or ?This episode of Hoarders is disgusting ? you should tune in!? And, if you can?t watch it live, you must PVR it so you have no excuses not to partake in the horror. Since when did watching television become such a chore? My friends and I all knew and loved shows like the Brady Bunch and Gilligan?s Island because it was the only thing we could all watch at the same time. I used to race home after school to relax and laugh along with the canned giggles on these shows (plus a healthy dose of Partridge Family, Get Smart and the Addams Family) and I like to think that my Mom was having a coffee klatch or a quick gin fizz with her friends in the next room, not worrying if the show Teen Mom was giving her own teens the wrong idea. Maybe if we just added a laugh track to the dialogue of Snookie and Blake we?d all find our love of the silly once again. Or maybe I?ll just have to write my own show called The Buckworth Bunch. But only if I get an Alice, too.
Kathy Buckworth is an award winning humour writer, and feature writer for Sympatico.ca in their parenting, travel, and auto sites. Visit www.kathybuckworth.com and follow Kathy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kathybuckworth