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The All-New American Family

Marian Salzman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home
Marian Salzman

The American family's structure is no longer a perfect slice of apple pie. We've got nests that are no longer empty as jobless millennials move back in with mom and dad and redefine our latest obsession with what it means to be "occupied."

What Is Reality on Reality TV?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Indeed, all these shows had their forebears in the days of radio. But, for the sake of argument, let's leave our family-tree tracing to the early days of TV. There are really only four models for most reality shows, four shows from which all others spring.

No One Has the Sense to Protect These Children

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Fred Silberberg

Certainly no one asked these eight small children whether they wanted what would otherwise have been a private, and hopefully somewhat innocent childhood, kept that way.

Rubbernecking: Jon and Kate Plus Fate

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

The only Gosselins I feel sorry for are all under the age of nine years old.

Rubbernecking: Reality Bytes

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

The real granddaddy of the reality TV show as we know it today was An American Family, a 12-episode documentary series broadcast in 1973 on PBS.