Monday, December 06, 2004

Reality TV of Worth?

I’m not really a fan of reality TV. It seems to always highlight the worst in people, i.e. our obsession with appearance, our greed, our lust, our lack of self-control and on and on and on. However, I recently accidentally came across the show “Extreme Home Makeovers” Sunday night on ABC.

This show has the usual odd decorators and carpenters but it also has an unusual purpose. It highlights a deserving family who needs better housing. The families have been chosen for a variety of reasons. Some have children with disabilities, some are recently widowed, some have shown exceptional kindness to other people. Now I’ll admit this show has its sappy moments and it does seem unbelievable that an entire house can be built in one week. But what makes this show worth watching is that it highlights giving rather than getting. Not only that, but it exposes the audience to people who are living truly real lives – lives filled with hard work, joy, commitment and many other attributes that are rarely seen on TV.

If you’d like to know more about the show or the families that have received new homes check out