Stuck in La La Land

An Israeli reality TV show sends hopeful Mizrahi pop stars to California to chase the American Dream

Bigger, Longer, Bakshi

How the godfather of X-rated animation—subject of recent screenings—paved the way for South Park

You Never Call, You Never Watch

U.K. reality show Jewish Mum of the Year hunts for the most unbearable person on Earth

Talking to Edon Pinchot of ‘America’s Got Talent’

Judge Howie Mandel says the kippah-clad 14-year-old could win it all

Reality TV’s New Immigrants

In pageant show Honey Boo Boo, pop culture finally has a convincing take on the aspirations of newcomers

Andy Cohen’s Yenta Chic

Bravo’s talk-show host, author of the new memoir Most Talkative, is heir to a gossipy tradition in television

Real Ex-Hasids of New York City

New reality show, ‘Shunned,’ follows three formerly Orthodox Jews

Persian Dolls

Shahs of Sunset, Bravo’s latest Hobbesian experiment on the lives of the nouveau riche, is a fascinating piece of television—in spite of itself

Dearborn in the USA

The new TLC reality show All-American Muslim doesn’t do enough to display the theological and intellectual diversity of Islam in the U.S.

Happily Ever After

The Bachelorette and the construction manager

Road Rules

Imagining “Keeping Up With the Mubaraks,” a reality show of life in exile, as the Egyptian president’s 30-year rule comes to an end

In Praise of Un-Jewishness

Finally, a horrible reality star who is no shanda

T.V. Learning

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For Real

Reality TV may often be silly, shallow, and trashy. But Top Chef, Project Runway, and other hits can help us teach our children about morality and values.

Real World

A hit Israeli reality-TV show makes something smart, layered, and truthful from a genre’s usual mush

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