Utopia devolves even further into anarchy and racism

On Utopia’s lowest-rated episode yet, the group votes to adopt anarchy as their first structure, as if that will be an improvement over what they’ve had so far. I wanted this series to work so much that I’ve kept watching, hoping it could recover, but I’ve had enough; this cast of intolerable people who behave selfishly, violently, and angrily is just not worth watching any more. 

Number of minutes before people started screaming at each other
18, which seems like a record

Number of minutes before I thought I might be able to keep watching this series

Number of minutes, including commercials, before the second fight of the episode

Number of minutes before a drunken fight

How many people showed up for their yoga and boot camp classes
Two, one for each class. Pretty soon, there will be more people in their fitness classes than viewers.

How you know a deer is dead
Someone is “washing its insides out.”

Something else Hex got wrong besides anarchy and thinking
“This is a very functional group of people.”

How horrifyingly racist and sexist this show is
Very, and not just because Josh says racist things and Red thinks “hillbilly stereotypes” are equivalent to racial stereotypes.

“It’s like living with a bunch of fucking babies,” Mike said.
No, Mike, babies are far more entertaining and far less annoying.

“Want to walk through the gates of paradise yourself?”


Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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.