The first few months of TV viewing in Australia has been dominated by one show: Married at First Sight. I’ve never watched it, but you can’t live in Oz and not know what the show is about. Three “experts” match up unlucky-in-love singles and they are “married” – seeing each other for the first time at their wedding. FYI for those in the US, under Australian law they can’t actually be married, so it is really a commitment ceremony, even though they call it wedding.
I’m not sure what happens after that cringe worthy ceremony, but the show quickly went down the tacky, sleazy slide to trashy viewing. I’ve read it described as:
A s**t show, a hell ride, a car crash with multiple fatalities. There are screaming matches. Runaway brides. Infidelities. Betrayals. Bucket loads of tears. Stupid women. And hideous, horrible men. We watch MAFS to see people go down. We watch MAFS because we all have anger and resentment, and it’s cathartic to channel it into a TV villain for an hour on a weeknight.Kerri Sackville, news.com.au
I have to disagree with the last statement of that quote. I don’t find it cathartic to watch real-life horror unfold in front of me. From what I’ve seen in the news, some of those people on that show need mental health support (and apparently are now receiving it).
All in the name of ratings.
And it worked. The ratings were apparently sky high. What was happening between the unfortunates on the show was reported in the news (side note…that’s not news) so even those not watching, like myself, couldn’t help but hear snippets.
It’s a relief for the next block of TV ratings to have started with some feel good reality TV. I like to watch ordinary people like me try amazing things and succeed, or fail, with support and kindness by those travelling the same path. That is cathartic.
We need more of this. Family friendly viewing of real people being nice to one another, helping them even when they are competitors, inspirational people who are like you or me, giving something a go because they are passionate about something. Shows that make you feel happy.
There are two of these on at the moment and I will post about them soon.
If you watch reality TV do you like the heart warming, or heart breaking, approach? For me it is heart warming all the way.