On reality blurred, almost six million stories were read this year, and I’ve gathered together those that were most-frequently read—by regular readers like you, fans who shared stories on social media, or people who were in search of information and turned to Google while watching TV.
year in review
It’s that time of year: When we look back at our lives—and pop culture—to think about what affected us most during the previous 12 months. In reality TV, this was a year of stasis. There was nothing that broke out or changed the game in any significant way. Though there are many, many shows debuting on… continue reading
The stories that were most-read, most-searched-for, and most-shared this year on reality blurred, from Big Brother to Survivor to The Real World.
Andy Dehnart’s list of best reality shows 2016 includes The Great British Baking Show, OJ: Made in America, Match Game, Project Runway Junior, and more.
This past year, reality blurred celebrated its 15th anniversary. While the origins of reality television stretch back to the 1970s and the 1990s, the wave of reality shows that we’re currently riding began shortly before this publication was born. What’s incredible is that two shows from that summer continue to attract interest, and one of them is as creatively strong as ever, which is why it makes my list of the best reality TV shows of 2015.
The shows that earned my attention and awe this year were ones that found themselves to the opposite ends of the spectrum: several were quiet and deliberate, others big and bold. Some of these unscripted shows attracted large numbers of viewers and buzz, others did not.
Creatively, however, they all demonstrated that this is a genre capable of producing great art and entertainment. Let’s hope for more reality television of this quality in 2016.
Looking back at the most-popular reality TV stories on reality blurred this past year, I was surprised at the range of shows and people represented. While Survivor and Big Brother have three stories each, no one show dominates; the list is split pretty evenly between cable and broadcast reality shows; and the stories range from answers to very specific… continue reading
It’s no secret that Survivor earns a lot of my attention. Besides its status as the show responsible for the waves of reality television that followed, the simple truth is that it continues to engage me on every level, from its exceptional production design to the game that’s played.
In one year, the CBS series went from celebrating its 30th season with a season that was a miserable low to bringing back beloved players for an outstanding season that proved how much Survivor still works.
Here’s what people read the most this year about Survivor on reality blurred.
Both December and this year are waning, and that makes this a time of reflection. For me, part of that means thinking about the best reality shows of 2014, the ones that stuck out in my mind as truly special, must-watch television. The year brought a lot of unexpected pleasures and even a few creatively successful attempts at new types of… continue reading
This calendar year was quite an eventful one for unscripted television. So much happened on so many shows, but these are the moments and shows that stood out to me. Enjoy the look back–and enjoy the last day of 2013. Happy New Year. Stripped down = awesome. Several shows last summer went in the opposite… continue reading
One fun thing I like to do while recovering from the holidays and being sick is look at analytics and site data, so here’s a list of the 20 most-popular stories I wrote this past year. Popularity isn’t the most important measurement, of course, unless you’re in middle school and/or on Facebook, but it is… continue reading
It’s time for that year-end, lazy-ass story where I look at what was popular on reality blurred over the past year. While I have some sense of what is popular and what isn’t, this list always surprises me, and this year is no exception. The stories that were read the most times range from ones… continue reading
It’s nearly the end of 2011, and thus I’m required by media law to recap the previous year. In reality television, it was a year of ups and downs, as usual, from Jesus’ active involvement in Survivor to revealing behind-the-scenes moment Recapping the year is an exhausting, daunting challenge, however (and something I just don’t… continue reading
The year’s end is upon us, and although the transition from today to tomorrow won’t really be noticeable in any other meaningful way, the change from one number to the next prompts us to be nostalgic. So let’s look back at trends in reality TV for 2010. This past year was marked by a number… continue reading
The year is concluding (as is the decade!), so it’s time for the requisite look back at the most popular stories on reality blurred over the past year. Despite the fact that I published, for the first time ever, the Survivor cast contract and rule book for the game, the most popular story was once… continue reading
That smell in the air is nostalgia from the past year, and it’s time to reflect back on what we’ve seen and learned. The last year of the 2000s began with Kara DioGuardi coming on board and ended with Simon Cowell threatening to leave, and included the new president telling kids they wouldn’t be reality… continue reading
The season of gift-giving, crass consumerism, and reflection is upon us, so it’s time for reality blurred‘s annual look at who has shamelessly sought fame, attention, and/or money. With reality TV approaching its 10th anniversary of dominating television, there are now many candidates, but as I re-read 2009’s stories, the following really stood out for… continue reading
As 2009 draws to a close, here’s a look back at the most popular pages on reality blurred over the past year, as determined by the popularity of individual stories and show-specific archive pages. While Marcus Lehman’s penis was the most popular story last year, it was curiosity about what Adam Lambert does with his… continue reading
Another 12 months have evaporated. The year started with American Gladiators, trudged along with a dull-ass American Idol season that even its lead judge admitted was boring, and was brought to a close by The Hills‘ fourth-season finale. Along the way, we had everything from a bachelorette giving panties to the bachelor to an overexposed… continue reading
When I talked with Marcus Lehman in Gabon last June, I had no idea that his penis would generate more interest than any other story I wrote last year. If I’d known that it’d soon be accidentally exposed to the whole world and become insanely popular, I would have at least asked him a few… continue reading
The holidays are here, and thus the time has come to acknowledge those people who have given the gift of their shamelessness this year. As always, there were many reality TV whores to choose from, so the selection was difficult, but there are always stand-outs, people who gave more of themselves than was required for… continue reading