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Reality TV?

After going two plus years without cable, I finally broke down last November and ordered cable. Let me tell you something, it’s Comcastic. With 200 plus channels to chose from there is always something sick on especially if you’re into reality TV. I certainly enjoy reality TV. Some of my favorites include: American Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Lizard Lick Towing and Operation Repo.

In case you haven’t had a chance to view Operation Repo and Lizard Lick Towing, they have similar themes: tow companies repossessing vehicles from individuals who have not made their payments. The first few times that I watched these shows I could hardly believe the footage that they captured. On Lizard Lick Towing, Ron and his cohorts went to repossess a Ford Mustang and the owner backed the car into pond at high speed. The episode that got me started on Operation Repo was when the gang was repossessing a car from some younger guys, and they were freaking out because Matt was not letting them get their bike out of their car. Finally, one of the guys got in Matt’s face, gets pissed, and whips the bike into the middle of the street (priceless). Another ridiculous clip was when they were repossessing a van from a painter, Matt was doused in yellow paint. These examples are just a few of many great scenes that the film crews from the two shows managed to capture in the process of vehicles being repossessed.

Some of these scenes seemed almost too good to be true. So as usual I am sitting down ready to watch and episode of Operation Repo and I see the disclaimer for the first time: “The stories that are portrayed in this program are based on real events. The names of the characters were changed in order to protect their identities . . . and some honor.” What?!? No wonder so many of the scenes are so entertaining… they are reenacted. Is this really reality TV? Look at one of America’s original reality shows: Cops. Cops showed footage of actual police work: car stops, responding to domestic violence calls, and other real police work. Can you imagine how incredibly entertaining Cops would be if they based the show on real events but then reenacted them? So what’s the point of this rant? Take reality TV with a grain salt. Reenacting scenes based on ‘real events’ is not quite reality in my view.

1 Comment to Reality TV?

  1. 03/25/2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Operation Repo is a riot sometimes, but it’s so fake it shouldn’t even be able to be called reality TV. In fact, “Tru TV” Probably can’t even legally use the word “True” in their name because most of the stuff on their network is just re-enacted fluff.

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