Although I like the Amazing Race much more than Survivor, I still have respect for Survivor because it is the grandfather of all reality shows. At one time, the concept of surviving without modern conveniences on an isolated island was innovative and interesting, but the show has become rather repetitive and boring, because there are limits to what interesting things you can do on a desolate island. Nevertheless, I consider Survivor and the Amazing Race as the only 2 true reality shows on television.Originally posted by Bill_in_PDX
The thing is, both it (the Amazing Race) and Survivor can coexist just fine, as the premise of the two shows is significantly different, and both are good in their own ways.
Most of the new "reality shows" are mostly circus side shows. Traditional circus side shows display (and make fun of) people with defective/extreme physical traits, e.g. midgets, giants, hairy, extra limbs or no limb. The 21st century side shows are on TV displaying people with defective/extreme personality traits, e.g. golddiggers (as on the Bachelor), liars (as on Joe Millionaire). and foul mouths (as on Osbournes).
By the way, American Idol is a "talent contest" for entertainer want-to-be's; it is not a "reality show".