reality TV

With Her Own Reality Show, Caitlyn Jenner Aims to Ease the Lives of All Trans People

From the moment she announced her intention to transition, trans activists and allies worried about how Caitlyn Jenner would comport herself in the role of “the most famous trans person alive.” Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Guilty Pleasures

  Game of Thrones, Taylor Swift, Scandal—oh my! So much of the pop culture we consume is a guilty pleasure—media we're a little embarrassed to admit we kinda love. Some guilty pleasures are truly shlock. But at the same time, what's considered... Read more »

New Reality Show "Modern Dads" is Extremely Boring

Modern Dads is a new reality television show on A&E that follows the lives of four stay-at-home fathers in Austin, Texas. There have only been three episodes so far, but it probably won’t last long because... Read more »

"Burning Love" is the Reality Dating Show Spoof You've Long Desired

  Last week, NBC premiered Ready for Love, the latest bland iteration of reality dating shows. In the show, three interchangeable clean cut dudes pick from groups of... Read more »

RuPaul's Drag Race: The Season Premiere's Best Moments Illustrated

RuPaul’s Drag Race debuted its fifth season this week. If you’ve never watched the show, all you need to know is that it’s the sparkling vision of glamazon mastermind, RuPaul. In this... Read more »

Project Runway Season 10: Avant-Garded

It was an avant-garde “electric fantasie” on last night’s Project Runway, and if you don’t know what that means don’t worry—the designers had no clue either. This is not our beautiful house. Read more »

End of Gender: Bringin' Out the Bono

With hidden cameras and a hint of pedantry, ABC’s primetime series What Would You Do? has tested society’s comfort with everything from same-sex parents to public breastfeeding. ... Read more »

Visi(bi)lity: America

I have never been much of a reality television viewer, and any lingering desire I may have had to watch reality shows disappeared after I read Jennifer Pozner’s Reality Bites Back earlier this year. But as soon as I... Read more »

The 99%: Why the Real Housewives of Atlanta Aren

Few women of color are allowed to represent themselves on television with much nuance; frequently they are reduced to stock characters like mammies and Jezebels that deny them full, complex humanity.  Successful women... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: The Reality of Reality TV Parenting

I understand that reality television has to have some sort of “hook” to get you, the viewer, interested enough to stick around. For the most part, that’s usually drama. Even when shows are about parenting, it’s not the day-to-day rhythm that gets airtime, but rather the sensational,... Read more »