Reality shows like dating in the dark
In 1999, a competition program called “Survivor” aired on CBS and changed the landscape of TV as we know it.
See, “Survivor” is considered the first real reality show, and—since then—has spawned hundreds of others.
Now, we’ve got game shows, dating shows, talent shows, celebrity shows, duck hunting shows, and, well, freak shows. These reality TV shows make for genuinely excellent television.
Since we think (and write) a lot about reality TV, we tend to place them in three specific groups: The Greats, the Guilty Pleasures, and the Are You Kidding Me? They’ve usually got a competitive edge with a hints of strategy and drama.
And the effects of it can be seen in much of modern culture, especially technology, with apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid like a real-world versions of Benjamin Solomon is a freelance writer based in New York City.