A review of American High School, a BBC Three documentary reality series that follows students at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in South Carolina.
The 1990s were peak MTV for me, especially early seasons of The Real World and Road Rules, and whether it’s an appreciation of the decade’s culture or an opportunity to escape our own, the ’90s are back. MTV revived TRL yesterday, and a new Road Rules is on its way. So it’s with those joyous memories of 1990s reality… continue reading
Netflix’s Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City and Terrace House: Aloha State are reminders of early reality TV—and of our role in reality TV today.
A review of OWN’s Black Love, the four-episode documentary reality series on which couples talk openly and honestly about their relationships.
Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance is back to being an exceptional competition: the show with the greatest density of talent on any of the big four networks.
Face Off: Game Face improves on the regular Face Off in many ways, giving returning all-star contestants a chance to show their skills in new challenges.
A review of American Grit season two, the Fox competition hosted by John Cena, who couldn’t save the show from its changes.
Reviews of MTV2’s Shinesty, which follows employees at a clothing company, and Startup season 4, which follows Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel.
Andy Dehnart’s review of VH1’s Signed, the music competition that gives hip-hop and R&B artists
Two new unscripted series have entered Shark Tank‘s waters: The Pitch, a podcast from Gimlet Media that almost directly replicates Shark Tank’s format but covers more ground, and Worth a Shot, a new series from Fullscreen that asks drunk people to come up with ideas and then pitch them. Below, reviews of both shows, which each give people… continue reading
Reviews of TLC’s Spouse House, where singles have to get married or are evicted, and Bravo’s A Night With My Ex, on which former partners reconnect.
Reviews of the Netflix documentary series The Keepers and the Serial podcast S-Town, both of which are extraordinary works of narrative nonfiction.
A review of Planet of the Apps, the first show on Apple Music, the subscription service from Apple. It’s no Shark Tank, but it’s also not terrible.
Brief reviews of the ABC’s revival of The Gong Show and ABC’s new singing competition Boy Band, only one of which deserves a gong.
A review of MTV’s new Fear Factor, a revival of the NBC competition. The new version gives younger people a chance to face their fears in familiar ways.
A review of PBS’ Victorian Slum House, aka BBC’s The Victorian Slum, a living history show that has its participants experience extreme poverty.
A reconsidered review of Iron Chef Gauntlet, on which Top Chef Stephanie Izard may become Iron Chef Stephanie Izard this Sunday.
Marcus Samuelsson and Darius Rucker are going undercover on Undercover Boss, but not as bosses; instead, they’ll search for talent, or something.
A review of ABC and Mattel’s new reality competition series The Toy Box, on which toymakers pitch their toys to kid judges, who ruin everything.
A review of NBC’s wonderful new Friday night series First Dates, which is narrated by Drew Barrymore and is full of charm and delight.