Television… You Have a Problem

Posted: 1st February 2012 by affehaus in cultural, design, tv

and the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

Over at Vulture, they’ve compiled a Venn Diagram of reality shows (and thereby showing that there’s only 3 degrees of separation between “cake” and “swamp”).

It’s not your imagination — there really are that many reality shows about swamps, weddings, Louisiana, and cake. And here’s visual proof: The following Venn diagram maps the overlapping relationships between reality shows. Included on this chart are only shows that aired in 2011, 2012, or are scheduled for or are in development for this season (and in a few rare instances, there are notes on reality-TV niches not yet filled). The reality-TV universe is even more repetitive and connected than you could have imagined.

Two small caveats: Wedding Cake Wars ended in 2009 but was too perfect a fit not to include, and Bear Swamp Recovery is not set in a swamp, it’s merely named for one.

It’s alarming to me that not only do we, as a society, have this many reality shows within recent memory, but this is not even a comprehensive list. It doesn’t have Teen Mom, the Kardashions, Bad Girls Club, Kendra
Television, You need help; this problem isn’t going to fix itself.
Maybe we can get the BBC to arrange an intervention.
via Scott Beale/Laughing Squid

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