Time: “reality TV is, in fact, the best thing to happen to television in several years.”

“reality TV is, in fact, the best thing to happen to television in several years.”
Time magazine’s James Poniewozik gets on the case of his TV critic brethren who slam reality TV (like that twit Frazier Moore who first said reality TV was “sputtering” in 2000 and is still calling it unreal). Poniewozik writes, “reality TV is, in fact, the best thing to happen to television in several years. It has given the networks water-cooler buzz again; it has reminded viewers jaded by sitcoms and dramas why TV can be exciting; and at its best, it is teaching TV a new way to tell involving human stories.” He has criticism for the genre but also says it outperforms “a creatively timid mass of remakes, bland family comedies and derivative cop dramas.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.