A reality television show thrives on drama. There would be no reason to watch if drama wasn’t created through fighting, feuding, breakdowns or bad decisions. As a viewer, reality television can serve as a guilty pleasure. There is a split between the idea of voyeurism and the joy of watching drama being creating and unfolding right before our eyes.
Due to the increasing success and popularity of reality television, producers are beginning to see exactly what the recipe is for a successful television show and they are going all out in order to bring that to the viewer. There are hundreds of different types of reality TV shows on hundreds of different networks.
|Castmate "Snooki" getting arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct|
|Jersey Shore castmates drinking before a night out|
On the Jersey Shore, it has been reported that the cast mates are not allowed to drive after a drink (taxi cabs are provided for them) and they are allowed to return home at any point if the series begins to become too overwhelming (“Sammi Sweetheart” returned home for a short period of time after a break-up with her boyfriend, cast mate Ronnie Margo and her roommate “Vinny Guadagnino” returned home to be treated for anxiety). While these ethical demands are met, other reality TV shows take a different approach.
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RHOBH who committed suicide last summer
|The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Cast|
Though there has been no set code of ethical standards for reality TV shows to meet, it is only a matter of time before something horrible happens and we are forced to question whether reality television is becoming too real.