It seems I am frequently caught up in discussions with people regarding the poor quality of TV shows in recent years. Sometimes it feels as if you are lucky because you found one night a week with some decent shows. While I still feel the overall quality of TV shows is mediocre at best I think there are two shows out there right now that are very good and epitomize what America is all about. Those shows are “American Idol” and “The Biggest Loser”.
I am not saying I like everything about these shows because I don’t. I do not like when American Idol puts people on the air that are clearly there only to try and get on the air. It takes away from the people with the real talent. What I like about this show is it gives people the chance to live a dream of theirs that they might never have had the chance to realize. Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and Carrie Underwood are probably the biggest stars to come from the show so far. Kelly Clarkson is a big star, she is selling out arenas for her current tour. She sells many CD’s and she is played all over the airwaves. Same goes for Clay Aiken, except he is not on tour right now. Carrie is more part of the country scene but still popular for that genre of music.
What I don’t like about The Biggest Loser is that they put these people in front of America and virtually no clothes when getting weighed. It seems to me that would be very embarrassing. However, the positives outweigh the negatives in my opinion. This show helps a group of people learn how to change their lifestyles so they can become, and remain, healthy people. It shows the audience how difficult it is to make the changes and what they go threw while trying to make the changes. It doesn’t just affect those 16 people on the show that season either. It has made an impact on many people across the country. Offices have “Biggest Loser” contests, families begin losing weight together, etc… The impact is on society in general.
Both of these shows, in their own ways, shows what is possible with some hard work and determination. Hard work and determination is what our country was built on. These shows help to give people hope and they provide people with motivation to help them achieve their dreams. If this is not the sign of a good television show than I do not know what would be.