January 02, 2005 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
This is the time of year that all the major media outlets like to come our with their best and worst lists of 2004. It should come as no surprise, but reality TV provided an easy target for many critic’s worst lists. Reality TV shows appeared on lists from both the New York Daily News and Entertainment Weekly.
Reality TV shows appearing on the New York Daily News Top Ten Worst List include The Biggest Loser, Family Plots, Fear Factor, Growing Up Gotti, The Real Gilligan’s Island, The Swan, Todd TV. No reality tv shows appeared on the New York Daily News Top Ten Best List, but The Apprentice, Survivor, Celebrity Poker Showdown, American Idol, and The Amazing Race were mentioned as "superb second-stringers."
Reality TV shows appearing on Entertainment Weekly’s Worst 5 TV Shows included The Swan and The Women of The Apprentice 2, and both Reality Unleashed and Celebrity Mole: Hawaii made it on Entertainment Weekly’s Worst 5 DVDs. No reality TV shows appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s Best of Television or Best of DVDs list.