UNReal - Lifetime TV show

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Two episodes in and this is cynical and funny and smart and subversive and how the fuck is this on Lifetime?
http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/unreal
Can't imagine this isn't gonna get canned quickly so get in while you can. Anybody else watching it?

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 16:21 (five years ago) link

Yeah, this is a fantastic show. Super dark, makes me squirm more than anything else that I watch. It has a way of introducing initially-throwaway-seeming storylines with great payoff.

Also, first four episodes are up! Two ahead of the on-air schedule!

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 16:36 (five years ago) link

i think i'm gonna wait and watch them on the teevee. this reminds me a bit of "dead set", it's almost as dark and just as clever.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 16:39 (five years ago) link

Just watched episode 1, and yeah i will keep watching this

Who M the best? (Will M.), Thursday, 11 June 2015 03:58 (five years ago) link

first 4 eps on demand, watching this

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 June 2015 04:15 (five years ago) link

pretty sure you'll love this vg

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 11 June 2015 04:41 (five years ago) link

ok ep 1 done and I am signed up

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 June 2015 04:59 (five years ago) link

first show since 'enlighted' that i want to watch more of

could listen to constance zimmer say 'people' for 20 minutes straight tho

have so many ideas about how great this show is btw even if it lots of the actual content is sort of silly

no (Lamp), Thursday, 11 June 2015 05:02 (five years ago) link

I'm almost hesitant to pick up shows on tv now for fear that all the episodes won't get aired if it's got a smaller than expected audience. Wish this show would've been bought by Netflix tbh.

I'm diving in, tho.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 June 2015 05:13 (five years ago) link

can i be corny and say SO MANY WOMEN ON THIS SHOW

that alone makes me want to ride or die

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 June 2015 05:18 (five years ago) link

This show FUUUUUUUUUCK

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 02:29 (five years ago) link

fuuuuuu cking craaaaaaazy

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 02:48 (five years ago) link

they're all so broken ugh i love it

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 02:59 (five years ago) link

Never thought I could hate Constance Summer, but My God! I hope her character gets cancer of the asshole.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 03:13 (five years ago) link

Ugh, autocorrect...Zimmer!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 03:14 (five years ago) link

awesome show

fetty wap, kombucha, where to trap queen (some dude), Friday, 12 June 2015 03:21 (five years ago) link

Zimmer is like... idk is it extreme to say she's the Hitler of fictitious reality tv

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 03:35 (five years ago) link

it's miraculous how deeply awful she is

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 03:36 (five years ago) link

xp not too far off

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 03:42 (five years ago) link

kinda Hitler meets Bette Davis

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 04:01 (five years ago) link

OMG THIS SHOW

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 04:48 (five years ago) link

sidebar: crushing hard on Rach AND Adam

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 04:51 (five years ago) link

Wikipedia says it's a 10 episode season. I don't know if I can handle 10 episodes of it.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 05:05 (five years ago) link

4 episodes down I DEMAND FIVE SEASONS AT LEAST

moar!!

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:07 (five years ago) link

i wish i hadn't watched the promo for the whole season, although it has at least given me a LOT to look forward to in the next 6 episodes

fetty wap, kombucha, where to trap queen (some dude), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:08 (five years ago) link

i want it all to was over me in horrible waves of awesome surprise

i am still reeling over how much i dig this. it's like a beautiful, finely crafted trainwreck

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:18 (five years ago) link

*wash

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:18 (five years ago) link

As I suspected, everyone behind any of these reality competition shows is a total sociopath.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 05:21 (five years ago) link

I'm only 2 deep. I'm debating on whether or not to burn through the next 2 tomorrow or pace them. VG, you're gonna have to wait 3 weeks for the next new one!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 05:22 (five years ago) link

anybody got a differing opinion other than "it's great"? critical response has been excellent too... but no one appears to be watching it! lifetime is a bad station for this to be on.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:25 (five years ago) link

xpost: i know :( gonna dvr the reruns to tide me over

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:26 (five years ago) link

There are only two things that would sour me on this show I think: if NO ONE is likeable by the end of it, or if EVERYONE is likeable by the end of it.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 05:27 (five years ago) link

i feel like they humanize everyone pretty frequently, even Quinn and Chet.

it's funny because just a week ago i was working on a set with a guy who had worked on a few reality shows, and he was telling stories and this poor lady was CRUSHED to hear that shows like The Bachelor are not 100% real.

fetty wap, kombucha, where to trap queen (some dude), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:29 (five years ago) link

i like that they set you up to expect a cliche, quickly subvert it and then keep on moving without taking the time to congratulate you, themselves or their characters for being clever

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:30 (five years ago) link

maybe lifetime's expectations are low. right?

...right?

pleasekeeplettingmewatchthis,television

Who M the best? (Will M.), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:46 (five years ago) link

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/unreal/s01/
Currently charted as the best new show on television! Don't know anyone outside of this thread that's watching it!

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Friday, 12 June 2015 05:52 (five years ago) link

Can't imagine this isn't gonna get canned quickly

If it maintains the quality I've seen so far, one batshit insane great season might be all we need. Kind of like Sex House.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 June 2015 06:17 (five years ago) link

Devious Maids has been on for 3 seasons, i don't think the bar is high to get renewed on Lifetime

fetty wap, kombucha, where to trap queen (some dude), Friday, 12 June 2015 06:33 (five years ago) link

tried explaining how great this show is a couple times today, ppl are not receptive to the idea of "like it's scripted but its about the bachelor sort of but its cynical and subversive but but but and and and"

eyes glaze over so hard

Who M the best? (Will M.), Friday, 12 June 2015 06:49 (five years ago) link

35m into ep4 and this show is fucking unrelenting

Who M the best? (Will M.), Friday, 12 June 2015 06:50 (five years ago) link

not a plot spoiler, but hard to unsee this... (i wrote it on a screenshot to keep it away from those who wish to not-see the un-unseeable)
http://i.imgur.com/vteReBe.png

Who M the best? (Will M.), Friday, 12 June 2015 06:58 (five years ago) link

I tried abt 1/2 of the 1st ep & didn't like it, didn't see myself liking it going fwd. more not my thing than thinking its a bad show or w/e

johnny crunch, Friday, 12 June 2015 11:30 (five years ago) link

watched the pilot, this show is like 1000x bleaker than Hannibal. not sure I can keep going w. it, seems bleakly nihilistic and not much else

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Friday, 12 June 2015 11:38 (five years ago) link

Episodes 3 and 4 didn't really deliver on the promise of the first two imo, but of course I'll keep watching.

Has Craig Bierko ever played such a degenerate before?

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:34 (five years ago) link

last episode was maybe a little weaker but the "why don't you get money from your folks" sequence and the clear motherly manipulation by her producer felt complicated and unique; looking forward to finally catching up with you online binge types tonight
the cheezpuff markers and fallout (so to speak) was brutal

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 June 2015 19:00 (five years ago) link

villains and douchebags are kind of Craig Bierko's career niche. when has he not played a degenerate of some kind?

some dude, Monday, 22 June 2015 19:35 (five years ago) link

Hmm, dunno. I guess I haven't seen enough of his work to remember the type character he typically plays. I mainly just remembered him starring in the revival of The Music Man.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:23 (five years ago) link

E5 tonight.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 29 June 2015 19:03 (five years ago) link

Fourth episode got a little soapy and wobbly but i have unrealistically high hopes they can right the ship a bit.
I also REALLY don't want a love affair side story with Rachel and Adam, fuck that noise. They appear to have demolished that with him proving himself to be an actual whore but hey, who knows.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 29 June 2015 19:06 (five years ago) link

Very excited! I'm up to date now. I love the insular morality in this show... I'm fully rooting for Rachel and Quinn to get whatever they can out of life by whatever means necessary.

this show turned out to be kind of amazing yeah

eeeee

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 June 2016 23:10 (four years ago) link

catch the football and talk about your father

imago, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 22:54 (four years ago) link

money
dick
power

kind of a weird tone for this ep/season but i'm willing to go with them on this journey. MRA chet vs dana is very promising though, i gotta say

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 22:14 (four years ago) link

just feels like they got more audacious

imago, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 22:39 (four years ago) link

well they're as morally degenerate as ever so i guess i'm in for season 2

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 23:45 (four years ago) link

I watched the 4 streaming episodes of this last year they used to jumpstart viewership, but never went back to see the rest. Gonna have to, I guess, if so many people I know/like are this into it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 23:50 (four years ago) link

do it do it

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 June 2016 01:05 (four years ago) link

Yeah, season one goes to some surprising places, not all of them dark (though most/many of them).

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 9 June 2016 01:11 (four years ago) link

So, I saw the first 2 eps of this and I had to bail on it. I just couldnt deal. These people are all relentlessly horrible and should all die in a fire.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:15 (four years ago) link

:D

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:26 (four years ago) link

It made me SO MAD! lol :(

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:34 (four years ago) link

Maybe they do all die in a fire and now you'll never know.

There's definitely a lot in common with a show like "You're the Worst," with horrible people still capable of nuance and our empathy. But yeah, it's dark.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:50 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

This show has gone particularly crazy and crazy dark this season. It's also pretty uneven, but I'm not sure they can tell the story they're telling any other way. It's like it's built to be unstable and erratic.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 July 2016 16:22 (three years ago) link

this season is terribly written and everyone on it is exceedingly unpleasant

maura, Monday, 25 July 2016 16:54 (three years ago) link

in a cartoonish way. it feels like the creator's extended tantrum at the network

maura, Monday, 25 July 2016 16:54 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I can't get a bead on it, tbh.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 July 2016 16:58 (three years ago) link

every episode brings a fresh 'hey they went there'

it's pretty good stuff really

imago, Monday, 25 July 2016 23:24 (three years ago) link

i agree w/ the critics that the most recent one was hamfisted and not well thought out. but at least they're true to raising the w-t-f quotient every ep.

Mordy, Monday, 25 July 2016 23:28 (three years ago) link

I found it interesting that the episode was apparently written 6 months ago!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 26 July 2016 00:53 (three years ago) link

Jesus I couldnt stand the unrepentant terribleness of the first SHOW, how can s2 be even worse!?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 04:11 (three years ago) link

:D

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 26 July 2016 05:30 (three years ago) link

as silly as this show gets, shiri appleby's ability to tell us when rachel's manipulating ppl through her acting w/o "telling" the other character is one of the most remarkable things about this show. latest episode, when (SPOILER)coleman shows the phone hack & she says she's scared & hugs him(/SPOILER) reminds you jsut how awesome and scary she is

a simba man (Will M.), Monday, 8 August 2016 00:15 (three years ago) link

I don't really know why I'm continuing to watch this show. I haven't seen the latest episode (avoiding spoilers, ty ^), but the previous one ate my psyche and I still don't think I've recovered. It stands to reason that the writers of this show are just as irredeemable as the characters they've created. At the same time, I find Rachel loathsomely relatable.

Did you read the New Yorker profile of Sarah Gertrude Shapiro? You might not be totally off base on multiple fronts.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/20/sarah-gertrude-shapiro-the-savagely-clever-feminist-behind-unreal

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 August 2016 15:08 (three years ago) link

Haha wow! That's an uncanny read, ty. I actually feel a lot of catharsis from reading it and understanding her driving motivations and ready to move onto the last episode...All that super meta network/studio interference stuff is fascinating.

one year passes...

um this SHOW

surm, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:32 (two years ago) link

Jumped ship halfway through second season. I assume new season started?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:33 (two years ago) link

underway! i've really never had an issue with any of the episodes as crazy as they have gotten. i'm super into the Quinn and Rachel's relationship and they're both such dynamic actors.

they do go a little heavy on Shiri's makeup though damn.

surm, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:40 (two years ago) link

i've barely seen this show beyond early stuff, though i have deep opinions on the IRL people involved...but that's not for writing down on the internet.

omar little, Friday, 20 April 2018 16:01 (two years ago) link

now thats some shit i deffo want to hear

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 20 April 2018 16:03 (two years ago) link

Make a 77 thread and dish plz

Mordy, Friday, 20 April 2018 16:06 (two years ago) link

oh it's barely enough to make a thread...i'll have to consult my Comey-esque journals from the era and see if there's anything worth talking about.

omar little, Friday, 20 April 2018 16:25 (two years ago) link

yes plz

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 20 April 2018 19:21 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

season 4 (the final one, eight episodes) just landed on hulu

maura, Monday, 16 July 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

onar where’s my tell-all expose :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 01:52 (one year ago) link

omar, even

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 01:52 (one year ago) link

There’s a 77 thread where I answer questions iirc... 🤫

omar little, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 02:43 (one year ago) link

ty

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 04:16 (one year ago) link

i thought s3 was a marked improvement on s2, but i dunno...

jaymc, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 04:30 (one year ago) link

best part was the marissa nadler song at the end

maura, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:17 (one year ago) link

We loved the first season, tuned out halfway through the second (police shooting?) and never gave a shit enough to tune back in, including the third season, which I'm not sure my wife even knows existed.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:31 (one year ago) link

VG if you have any specific q’s I can maybe answer them either on the my 77 thread or via pvt msg, depending on how specific and naming names they are...

omar little, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:02 (one year ago) link

roger that <3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 19 July 2018 05:21 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

OK I just got into S1 on an airplane. This show has probably more omg moments per episode than Breaking Bad. SO MUCH happens in each ep! It's fucking insane! I finish an ep and I feel like I've just seen, like two movies

The reality star is SO PERFECT. EVERYONE is perfect. The casting is MIRACULOUS. This really is my favourite show. I was talking to Nick Quah (!) and he told me he's not as into a couple of the later seasons but dammit I will ride so hard for this show I don't care

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:08 (one year ago) link

<3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:38 (one year ago) link

that first season is incredible

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 26 November 2018 08:56 (one year ago) link

it's basically 100% perfect tv. still haven't gone in on season 2, not sure I'm emotionally prepared

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 26 November 2018 10:45 (one year ago) link

I quit a few episodes into season 2 can’t remember why tho.

Spottie, Monday, 26 November 2018 16:55 (one year ago) link


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