Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow… even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time — from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how it’s shaped our culture and how our culture shaped it.
The show was Neon Hum founder Jonathan Hirsch’s idea. As the lead producer of Spectacle, I created the show soup to nuts — from the initial outlines to researching, reporting and writing each episode. I also worked closely with Andrew Eapen on its original composition and gave marketing input leading up to release. As someone who loves reality TV and nerding out on it, Spectacle is one of my favorite projects to date.