What’s the best reality TV season ever?

Last year, New York Magazine’s Vulture determined the best sitcom of the past 30 years (The Simpsons) and the year before, determined the best TV drama of the past 25 years (The Wire). Vulture does this March Madness bracket-style, and this year, has 16 reality shows facing off–though the competition has been narrowed to focus on specific seasons.

There are match-ups between similar series, such as Flavor of Love 1 versus The Bachelor 13, but mostly disparate match-ups such as Survivor Borneo versus RuPaul’s Drag Race 4. That’s fun and occasionally frustrating; the writers who judge each round have to weigh strengths and weaknesses of two very different shows to find a winner.

I’m judging the semi-final round, which will be published later. In the meantime, read about Reality Rumble or check out the full bracket; click the name of a winning show to read the essay that explains why it defeated its opponent.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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.