Reality TV: Is that really all there is on TV now?
The first reality TV series was in 1983 when HBO broadcast An American Family Revisited: The Louds, 10 Years Later. The series would go on to inspire the MTV reality television series The Real World.
In 2003, PBS broadcast the show Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family, shot in 2001, visiting the family again at the invitation of Lance before his death.
When did reality TV first become popular?
It seems recent, but precedents for television that portrayed people in unscripted situations began in the late 1940s.
One well-known hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone June 28, 1947.
A year later, the well-known Candid Camera confronted people with funny, unusual situations and filmed with a hidden camera. The groundbreaking show first aired in 1948, and is often seen as a prototype of reality TV programming.
Now the list goes on. We’ve got American Idol, Survivor, the Kardashians, Big Brother – I could go on, if you want. But one question keeps coming up for me: Where’d the “old-fashioned” scripted series go?
What about the shows that entertained us in our younger years – whether we watched them on Nick-at-Nite or we saw them in the original lineups? Shows like I Dream of Jeannie, The Incredible Hulk, One Day at a Time and Miami Vice? What about Dallas, I Love Lucy or even the old TGIF lineup that started with Full House?
My Two Cents: Let’s talk.
Has reality TV taken over our televisions? Will our kids grow up differently because of today’s programming? Just My 2 Cents: I say we bring back the old shows – what about you?
Okay, you’ve heard my two cents! Now let me have yours – tell me what you think in the comments section, below.