In 2002, ABC released what would soon become an all-out obsession: The Bachelor. America looked on as one handsome man narrowed down a pool of 25 beautiful women to find his one true love. One year later, The Bachelor’s sister show, The Bachelorette, was born. Then, in 2010, when fans thought it couldn’t get any better, Bachelor Pad was introduced. Today, whether you’ve been following from the very beginning or you’re a relatively new fan, chances are you don’t miss an episode… ever.
What’s with this obsession?!
People who can’t stand The Bachelor really can’t stomach even one 10-minute segment before the next commercial break. On the other side of the fence are fans who not just love the Bachelor shows, but who blog and Tweet about them live. These are the fans who become “friends” with Bachelor participants on Twitter; who send them care packages long after their season is over; who get into online fights with other fans over who the prettier or snobbier Bachelorette is.
It’s funny, because…
…The Bachelor and The Bachelorette almost never work. Fans of the show are no longer interested in watching the guy or gal of the season find their one true love. Instead, they want to see the relationship crash and burn once the new couple has made the talk show rounds. The fallout proves to be more interesting – and more telling – than the show itself.
That’s terrible – people celebrate other people’s unhappiness?
Well, yes, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do an excellent job at presenting the most perfect parts of the star of the show. You see the guy’s toned abs and the girl’s flawless manicure. You see them be sweet, sincere, honest, open and lovable. What you never see are their terrible qualities or even their realness in a day-to-day, humdrum setting. That’s why so many people tune in via social media even after the show’s over – to see everything they missed.
Unattainable Dating: the Essence of Reality TV
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do an excellent job at showcasing the most perfect components of dating. Idyllic settings and amazing activities are all pre-arranged. The “contestants” and the audience don’t see anything other than the limo, the once in a lifetime experience and the champagne toast that follows. Even the inevitable breakups are the best you could ask for, with the bachelor/ette kindly and patiently explaining their feelings. The competing guys and girls aren’t always show in the best light, but the star of the show is, right along with the unrealistic dating scenarios.
This is all interesting and lovely to watch and lust after, but it’s not exactly reality TV. ABC must have recognized this opening, because Bachelor Pad seems to do the opposite of its relatives. Former cast members of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette come together to live, play and compete in the infamous mansion during the other shows’ off-season. Instead of showcasing refinement and glamour, you see the flip side of everyone you grew to love on their previous shows. Put together, all three Bachelor shows deliver everything we could possibly want.
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Charlie Peyton is a TV addict who likes to keep upto date with new technology. He writes on these subjects for TV blogs. Find out how you can get direct TV on www.expertsatellite.com