Reality TV shows

Published: March 29, 2020

KARACHI: Quarantine has given all of us ample time to binge watch and it is safe to say we have all turned into Netflix addicts. While it is difficult to find interesting content and many of our favourite shows have not yet released their new seasons for the year; reality tv shows are here to save us. Over the past two weeks, I have already binge watched two reality tv shows and I am hooked.

Love Is Blind created a lot of hype when it was first released and I may have been late to the party but I am still here with a short review. The show, while it has many questionable moments, teaches us a lot about relationships, especially romantic ones. Love is Blind centres around experimenting exactly what the title states and the results are promising as well as shocking. Many couples who we thought would survive do not end up together, while some succeed despite all odds. It is a new take on ‘dating apps’ but is done with a lot of thought put into it. People today are adventurous and prepared to take on the unknown, which is perhaps why these shows have been successful.

Another show that has been all the rage is The Circle, a competition based on social media. This again is a new concept and by the end of the show we learn not only about human psyche but about the way social media shapes our identity for ourselves as well as how other people view us. There are many moments on the show which take a turn when we expect something entirely different, showing that human beings are not as predictable as they may appear to be. It also tests appearances and how what we may see online may not always be the truth. Therefore, what we learn is that our ‘social media personas’ should not define us.

Sara Kamran

Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2020.

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