I'll be honest. I watch shows for great editing and cute guys.
No matter how adventurous or physical a show is, if it looks like a bunch of adrenaline junkies whoring themselves out for money, it does not excite me. I'd rather rent Die Hard or Equilibrium or something with Bruce Lee. Now if they put someone in a booby trapped maze and told them they had to get out of it or meet their death at the hands of an angry Joan Rivers (however illegal that stunt might be , THEN I might be convinced that the contestant was not just a foolhardy schmuck, and I might watch.
1.Queer Eye for the Straight Guy - Thom and the sexual tension on the show float my boat, and the editing and hilarious F5 are brilliant.
2.Real World - Such amazing editing and amazingly good looking people. MTV makes the drama seem raw and edgy (maybe cause they have time on their side and don't have to give participants cards revealing dramatic "twists")
3.American Idol 2 - As much as I hated the whole AI thing the first time around, I become addicted with my geeky choice from episode one made it on. I watched because Clay, Simon, Ryan, and Paula were hot. Carmen, as goatlike as she may be, was cute flirting with Clay. The show was flashy and rarely boring.