Yet if the introductory year represented a shot across the bow at that genre, season two could become a real punch to the gut, softened only by the fact that this Lifetime drama garnered more media buzz than Nielsen ratings.
In season one, Quinn (Constance Zimmer), the acerbic producer of the fictional dating show within the show, "Everlasting," laughed off the fact that minorities seldom last long.
"It is not my fault that America's racist," she snapped.
, which show everyday people in a prolonged living environment ultimately competing for a contest would definitely be considered reality TV.In many respects, the first few episodes of season two feel like a reprise of the first.There's cynical backstage banter, ruthlessness by Quinn and frequent clashes with her protégé, Rachel (Shari Appleby), who still exhibits pangs of conscience regarding just how far she'll go to succeed.At times, "Un REAL" feels like it's trying a little too hard.From Rachel's personal and emotional struggles to cocaine-fueled parties, the producers serve up a cocktail of amorality and excess, with almost nobody unstained by the brew.
But for decades “An American Family” looked like an anomaly; by 1983, when HBO broadcast a follow-up documentary on the Louds, Mead’s “new kind of art form” seemed more like an artifact of an older America.