There are plenty of reasons to hate reality TV. A valid argument could be made that reality television hasn't existed -- at least not in the truest sense of the word -- since that first season of the Real World. Back then, people who wanted to be famous didn't preen for the camera and start fake fights just to get into a TMZ report. The sexual tension between Kevin and Julie was real, damnit!
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It's why so many shows today are referred to as unscripted rather than reality. Think of them as a much less sophisticated version of improvisational comedy, like the first couple seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but with far less talented people and results that, if called mixed would be overly generous.
But, standing tall in the wasteland of unscripted reality TV is Duck Dynasty. Oh, sure, I occasionally watch Storage Wars or even some Food Network shows like Mystery Diners or Restaurant: Impossible, but DD is head-and-shoulders superior. On Wednesday, they air their annual Christmas special. It promises to be a full hour of non-stop redneck stupidity, and I'll be glued to the TV -- more accurately, the DVR. Here's why.More »