Reality Show Part 5
This group is the cream of the crop. These shows all have a more broad appeal and have had a huge pop culture impact.
4- Top Chef (13 points)
Top Chef was one of the first cooking shows in reality television, presenting us with aspiring chefs who go up against one another in culinary challenges. If you're a wanna be chef like me then this is your show.
Judges scores: 13, 15, 13
3- America Idol- (14 points)
American Idol was a pop culture phenomenon from its inception. A singing competition show that allowed the audience to be part of the judging, It was an immediate success. But its wasnt a show with just great singers, part of the fun was the early auditions that gave us the likes of William Hung and his "She bangs" rendition. This show also gave us Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, and some outstanding pop stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Fantasia Barrino. Idol remains one of the most successful reality franchises in history.
Judges scores: 14, 14, 14
2- The Real World (15 points)
"This is the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a loft and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” In the summer of 1992 I had just graduated high school and I was enthralled with this show, with this concept of strangers living together and just having their daily lives filmed. It was an American mass culture phenomenon. For me this is where Reality TV was born.
Judges Scores: 16, 12, 15
1- Survivor (16 points)
Survivor is arguably one of the most ambitious social experiments of its time. Pitting Groups against other groups in competitions and then having losing groups vote off member and then joining groups. Add in secret alliances and immunity idols and a million dollars and you have the makings of not only a great show but an amazing look into what we as humans will do to "Survive." That first season was unlike anything we had ever seen on TV and it immediately became the biggest pop culture phenomenon of its day.
Judges scores: 15, 16, 16