Do you remember your first? That first moment you discovered reality TV? How fascinating it was to watch real people in real or artificial circumstances? How much more entertaining it could be than some scripted shows?
What was your first reality TV show experience?
I asked that question on Facebook yesterday when I was thinking about the origins of my love for this genre, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s responses—so I wanted to ask the question to the widest audience possible.
What was your first reality TV show? What drew you to it? Were you in awe, horrified, or immediately in love with what you were seeing? Did the show make you laugh or cry? Were you judging or empathizing? Were you watching alone, or with other people?
Tell me your story!
You can fill out this form, e-mail tips @ realityblurred.com, comment below, or reply on social media. I’ll compile some of my favorite responses, and publish those in the near future.
By the way, for me, I thought the answer was simple: The Real World Los Angeles; I can even remember the very episode, and will tell that story soon. But thinking about it, I realized by that point, I was already an avid COPS viewer, and before that, addicted to Double Dare. Sure, they were just one-off episodes that didn’t maintain a storyline from episode to episode, but both had elements of what I came to love in reality television. It all depends upon how you define reality TV, I suppose, but judging by the answers so far, it seems like there definitely was a moment or a show that pulled people in to the magic of this genre.
What was it for you?