Andy Dehnart

Andy Dehnart
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Andy Dehnart is a writer and TV critic who created reality blurred, and whose work has appeared on NPR and in The Washington Post, Vulture, The Los Angeles Times, Playboy, The Daily Beast, and other publications. He?s a member of the Television Critics Association and teaches writing and journalism at Stetson University.

TV Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Top Chef : Season 1 (TV, 2006) The show is a mess. The first episode's editing is disorienting... It's barely possible to follow what's happening in the first of two challenges, and the second isn't much better. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Real Housewives of Orange County: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2019) While the cast members say some ridiculous things... they're all kind of flat. Worse, the show is produced more like a documentary than a narrative-driven reality show, so the storylines aren't the compelling. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
No Score Yet The Amazing Race: Season 9 (TV, 2013-2015) It's definitely better than last season, and there's just something about this show that makes a lot of what the teams say funny. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
No Score Yet American Inventor: Season 1 (TV, 2006-2007) Watching the show now is like reading a blank notebook looking for a single period. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
100% This American Life: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) After watching the first episode, I was surprised how seamlessly Ira Glass and his producers managed to translate the radio show to television.. Even though it works as a TV show. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
A- No Score Yet (TV, ) The show works because, like all great reality television, there's something real happening within a constructed context. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) While the premise is certainly contrived, the show's first episode feels completely genuine, and it's a fascinating examination not of a small town or a fish-out-of-water, but of local news. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) Despite the meager attempts at drama with the twists, the first episode is ridiculously slow. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
C- No Score Yet (TV, ) But at its best moments, Stylista only reaches the level of America's Next Top Model-which may help it find an audience, even if the bar for talent competitions with actual consequence has been set much higher. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
B- 17% Dating in the Dark: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) Dating in the Dark's title is more sensational than its content, and it's not must-watch TV as a result. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
33% Shaq Vs.: Season 1 (TV, 2009-2010) Shaq Vs. has an interesting format, but it's too bad ABC and/or the show's producers didn't trust their star enough to let him just interact with people. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet The Simple Life: The Simple Life 5: The Simple Life Goes to Camp (TV, 2003-2007) The producers have apparently decided to completely give up pretending that this is a reality show. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet The Mole: Season 5 (TV, 2001-2008) The two-step process kills a bit of the tension, and either he's using the world's least responsive touch-screen or the whole thing is fake fake fake. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
40% The Mole: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2008) Smart game, the thrilling and mysterious soundtrack, the stunning locations. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2019) I don't know why I enjoy it so much. The homes and L.A. look stunning in HD, and the subject matter is interesting. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) Madison Hildebrand is the least annoying, but he's so bland and boring he's barely worth mentioning. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
B+ No Score Yet (TV, ) While Groomer Hast It will never be Top Chef, it knows that, and despite all these upgrades, which make me miss the cheapness of the first season, at its core the show remains kind of awkward and thus definitely watchable. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
No Score Yet Groomer Has It: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) Despite all of this, there are fun moments that make watching it not quite a waste of 44 minutes. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) We've been left with little more than the show's contrived, tired drama; lame-ass challenges; and product placement. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Psychic Kids: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Even though they didn't manage to capture anything on camera, they still seem more credible. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
No Score Yet DEA: Season 1 (TV, 0-1991) The cinematography is also a lot stronger, and it's cleaner and easier to watch than its predecessor. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
A- No Score Yet (TV, ) The show is masterful in the way it uses all of the original series best elements and puts them into a package that in some ways is better than the original. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) While I loved the first season of Top Chef Masters, this one was strong but didn't quite have the same draw for me. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
40% Top Chef Masters: Season 3 (TV, 2009-2013) Top Chef Masters was, for a time, better than its parent. Now it's dropped to the bottom of the pile, as Top Chef Just Desserts was a far superior spin-off. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
A- No Score Yet Food Network Star: Season 4 (TV, 2005-2018) They're pretty fantastic judges, especially the way they articulate what attributes a Food Network personality needs to have to attract viewers. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) The season was pretty great overall, though I did have a major problem with the finale. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
No Score Yet Nashville: Season 1 (TV, 2007) The bad part is that many of the conversations, even if they're about consequential subjects, sound exactly like this show's west coast MTV cousins: that forced, awkward, pause-filled dialogue. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet American Inventor: Season 2 (TV, 2006-2007) There were plenty of interesting inventions, but they required another invention-a DVR and a fast-forward button-to make them watchable. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet Top Design: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2008) Their deliberations are stilted and aren't really conversations, but an exchange of phrases. Plus, while their decision-making is certainly subjective, it sometimes comes across as irrational. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Top Design: Season 2 (TV, 2007-2008) In other words, Top Design 2 claimed the second-best Bravo reality show title after a makeover that followed a dreadful first season. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
No Score Yet The Contender: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2009) While there are some exciting moments, they seem kind of boring without slow motion, sound effects, and enhanced crowd noises. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Apprentice: Season 5 (TV, 2004-2017) The odd thing about The Apprentice 5's premiere, I think, is that it shows no growth on behalf of its concept or its star. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) It was an unremarkable end to a season that started big with twists but ended weakly, with four annoying candidates. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) It's not entirely their fault; the producers keep them confined and edit the shows into an endless drunken, STD-exchanging parade that it is. But it's pathetic. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2019) This season has been practically indistinguishable from last season, which is actually a good thing. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
86% Survivor: Cook Islands (TV, 2013-2017) Perhaps the biggest surprise was that it wasn't all that different from most seasons. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
50% Survivor: Fiji (TV, 2013-2017) While some of their questions were valid, the whole thing was very uncomfortable. Apparently, the jury either forgot-or finally realized-that they are all losers. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
63% The Amazing Race: Season 11 (TV, 2013-2015) On The Amazing Race, the stunning vistas, demanding challenges, and twists power the drama and adrenaline rush; the humor and amusement, however, tends to come from the things the teams say. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) It's great to have Tim Gunn back on TV, and it's great to watch a reality show where the truly talentless are eliminated. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Top Chef : Season 2 (TV, 2006) Here are my thoughts on the whole season, which to me was disappointing, from the deceptive editing to the unnecessary cruelty to the overwhelming focus on the middle school-level drama instead of the food. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Grizzly Man Diaries: Season 1 (TV, 2008) It's quite compelling, in part because there's a lot of incredible raw footage of bears (and foxes), but in part because Treadwell is so oddly captivating. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) What really works for the show is that the cast members are really doing the job; in the first episode, it's crab fishing in Alaska. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) While a show about architecture would seem to be boring, it's the opposite: Architecture School is super-compelling, with an engaging cast and genuine conflict. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) The rest of the show kind of sucks. Perhaps it sucks in the same way as the earlier version, but nostalgia isn't enough to keep people tuning in. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet Who Wants to Be a Superhero?: Season 2 (TV, 2006-2007) The penultimate episode wasted time on a fake elimination ceremony; no one was eliminated, although they built up to an elimination for 15 minutes. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) Stan Lee reads everything off a teleprompter, the special effect graphics are cheesy and fake, and the challenges are totally, obviously set up. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
75% Kitchen Nightmares: Season 1 (TV, 2007-2014) The show remains entertaining because it's clear that despite that stupid editing, there's a genuinely interesting and real story in each episode. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen: Season 3 (TV, 2005-2019) Since Hell's Kitchen is super-predictable (never mind that bettors revealed the outcome back in June), the finale included basically the exact same elements as every other finale. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
No Score Yet (TV, ) This season's group managed to deliver yet again by being alternately entertaining, obnoxious, delusional, inspiring, and annoying-and by saying ridiculously funny things. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
40% American Idol: Season 7 (TV, 2002-2016) The show did make fun of a couple people, or at least let them make fun of themselves. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020