I'm admittedly picky about reality television. It's a mixed bag, as I'm sure anyone who's glanced at any would agree. I like talent-based shows (America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance?) and competitions like The Amazing Race. That last one sometimes devolves into drama and pettiness, which I'm not so crazy about. I've only watched a couple of seasons of Survivor for the same reason.
For me (my personality, disposition, whatever), the absolute worst are the dating shows.
Full disclosure: I've never actually watched so much as a single episode of The Bachelor. My opinion is based entirely on commercials and listening to other people talk about the shows. It's been more than enough for me. Every time I see those commercials, I find myself yelling at the TV.
And there are so many of them now. Love in the Wild (dating show meets Survivor). Take Me Out. The Choice (dating show meets The Voice ... clearly).
I might've been interested in Beauty and the Geek if they'd made it hot guys and a brainy girl. Maybe. A friend in college claimed if you pay attention to wedding announcement photos, the guy and gal are either equally attractive or the girl is distinctly better looking. So seeing that flipped around could have at least intrigued me.
With this many shows, though, clearly people are interested. There's a reason for the popularity. Something I can't see, I guess. Is it seeing the shallow interplay, mocking it, or is there something more?
If any of you are fans and can enlighten me, I'd love to hear about it.
Are there things that are popular with others and you just don't understand?