There are a lot of reality shows out there, but curiously — or uncuriously, depending how you look at it — they can be pretty easily stratified into several incestuous categories. You’ve got your “war” shows, and your “swamp” shows, and your mixes and matches. It’s painfully easy to come up with plausible sounding show names like “Ice War Truckers” or “Cheese Road Masters”. In any event, these shows really can be distilled down into some distinct categories, which is exactly what this Venn diagram from the folks at Vulture does, poetically I might add.
I thought I was pretty in touch with reality shows, insofar as recognizing their names as real or fake, but this chart has some that really boarder on parody, like Hillbilly Handfishin’ and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Really? These are concepts with enough material to cover multiple episodes? I have to say, this Venn diagram is incredibly enlightening, but I’m not sure I like how it feels to be enlightened.