Harsh Reality: Unscripted TV Reality Shows Offensive to Families
Although reality-based television series are not a new phenomenon (MTV created The Real World over a decade ago), it was not until the debut of Survivor on CBS during the summer of 2000 that the "reality" genre managed to overcome the "lowbrow" stigma attached to it by sensationalistic specials like When Animals Attack and Caught in the Act, and became not only popular, but respectable too.
But the fact that reality programs have become mainstream, does not mean that they've also become family-friendly. Too often these series become a thinly veiled excuse for encouraging the contestants' reckless, irresponsible, or just plain stupid behavior, for the sake of an entertaining half-hour or hour of TV.
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