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Which Is a Better Escape: Reality Shows or Scripted Shows?

I've been mulling over an interesting USA Today story today that suggests reality TV is on the rise again because of the recession. The story notes that Dancing with the Stars had its best-ever premiere this week, America's Next Top Model has ticked back up in the ratings, and while American Idol is down this year, its drop is nothing compared to the diminishing ratings for shows like Heroes or Lost. One person quoted about The Bachelor said the show is "comfort food" and "a more easily digestible meal" than scripted comedies or dramas.

It's an interesting theory, so I'm turning to you: Do you think you can escape your (or the world's) troubles more easily watching reality shows, or do you prefer the pure fiction of drama and comedy?

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teremel teremel 8 years
Scripted!! I love LOST!!
emalove emalove 8 years
LOL, I'm with you, Kaks11!!! But seriously, I much prefer a scripted show. If you asked me this question 5 years ago, I probably would have said reality show. But now, there is maybe only one or two "reality" shows that I can actually stand.
kaks11 kaks11 8 years
ANything with Sawyer in it, please!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Scripted. Is it bad that I have more sympathy for fake people than real ones? You have to admit you get more insight into characters than contestants on reality shows.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Reality shows come and go and tend to be a copy cat of some previous reality show. i.e. " I love ( Fill in the blank)" etc. Although RuPaul's Drag Race is one of the best I have seen! Shows like LOST, Law and Order ( SVU), CSI ( Miami) have stood the test of time because they are quality programs.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I don't care for reality shows, so scripted. I really prefer movies even more though.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that reality shows are sometimes the better escape since you rally don't know what to believe. you want to think that it's really a reality show but most of the time there's some scripting. it's just a lot more entertaining in the grand scheme of things when you know that people try to make things seem real.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I like both. I prefer scripted shows more than reality though. And I'm very picky about my reality. I only watch DWTS, Biggest Loser, and some reality cooking shows. I can't stand the reality shows on MTV or VH1.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I like to escape with a scripted show, but I find that I've been shying away from the heavy shows a bit more lately in favor of fun stuff.
syako syako 8 years
Scripted. I hate reality (haha, that sounds funny) I hate reality television. Better. ;)
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
Though 'From G's To Gents', 'For The Love of Ray J', ANTM, and ABDC are my guilty and not-so-guilty pleasures, NOTHING compares to '24', 'Burn Notice', and L&O and SVU. I completely zone out when 24 is on. Lol.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
NEITHER! tv is so bad right now, it's painful. I have quickly gotten rid of my tv and returned to my love of reading. seriously, though, with the exception of shows like The Office and some British and HBO shows, everything on tv is pure crap...
otay otay 8 years
it depends on the show, but most of the time i like the scripted stuff because they seem to be funny and well put together & Most of the reality shows (although some seem WAY to over the top to actually be real life situations, "reality") are just way to dramatic most of the time, it's kind of a drag to be watching drama 24/7
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I'd say scripted. My favorite "escape" shows are Private Practice, Chuck, and ER. Although I do enjoy me some Hills and The City - but I think we can all agree those seem to fall under the category of scripted more than reality!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
THAT is a tough one...
tyffi tyffi 8 years
Scripted shows, please. Even the worst scripted show is still better stuff like "Farmer wants a wife"...
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Script it! Please for the love of good things, may there be an end to reality tv very very soon.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I like scripted shows. Too many reality shows are about backstabbing and being mean. I'd rather watch a good show, like Lost or Chuck!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Really as far as reality goes I only watch Top Chef/Project Runway, so I'm definitely going scripted. But I will agree with Happsmjc about shows not getting back to good after the writer's strike. Pretty much other than LOST and Chuck, I think a lot of shows are really weak right now. Including old favs like House, Heroes, Ugly Betty and Grey's.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I like both, I just feel that reality shows have been on the rise because scripted shows have never really got their groove back since the writers strike, which is a shame :(
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
It depends, certain shows (ie lost) are way too much in times like these. Shows like the Office, 30 rock, (I guess comedies :ROTFL:) I love!
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