TV by the Graph

Venn diagram of reality tv shows
The reality of Reality TV.
It’s no secret to those who know me that I like television. I currently religiously watch: Justified, CSI (the original), Criminal Minds, and Once Upon a Time. I also occasionally catch The Mentalist, Rizzoli and Isles, NCIS, Grimm, and Supernatural. If there’s nothing else on, I can always find some flavor of Law and Order to pass the time and if I’ve already seen whatever’s on too many times, there are streaming episodes of Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis, and Waking the Dead.

You may notice the overriding theme of crime in the shows I like. Even Once Upon a Time, which isn’t a crime show, features plenty of nefarious doings.

The geek in me also loves graphs, charts, and even *gasp* statistics. Yeah, I know. Hide your eyes. But that’s why I found this series of Eleven Charts and Graphs About Television from our pals over at MentalFloss so fascinating. Being into the visual, I particularly like all the Venn diagrams, especially the one about the intersecting worlds of reality television. I don’t watch any “Reality TV,” but it astonished me how many similar shows existed. (I guess wedding-related Reality TV is like serial killer fiction…a genre unto itself.)

I think my favorite Venn diagram categories, however, are in the Esquire chart. “People Saving People Meanly” describes so many shows I see advertised, as do “People Being Crummy” and “Degradation.” It does give one pause.


  1. Deborah Lacy

    The scariest graph there is “What Makes a Really Good Mother on Reality TV.” Yikes.

  2. Laura K. Curtis

    I know! Eeeeeeesh. I had no idea there were SO many shows–and this doesn’t even touch the competition ones like American Idol and stuff. *shakes head*

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