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
70% Love Is Blind: Miniseries (TV, 2020) This makes Love is Blind the zenith of relationship reality television, especially in the way it ends up as cautionary tale about these kinds of shows. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
No Score Yet Groomer Has It: Season 1 (TV, 2008-2009) 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 Feb 12, 2020
92% Rhythm + Flow: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The episodes I watched never tried to make the show for everyone. This is not hip-hop 101, but a competition immersed in a genre that is thriving but hasn't been centered enough in reality TV. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
No Score Yet Interior Design Masters: Series 1 (TV, 2019) If the goal is to have designers create spaces to a client's needs and demands, there should be more than a few moments dedicated to that. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
54% The Great British Baking Show: Series 10 (TV, 2010) The Great British Bake-Off is still going strong, and it's doing more with less than many other shows. Its choices have inspired other creators and networks. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Bachelor: Season 24 (TV, 2002) The show seems to have also passed the point at which it winks and nods, even about its own misogyny. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
11% Temptation Island: Season 1 (TV, 2001-2003) The confrontations of the Temptation Island finale were tense and uncomfortable, and made for riveting television. But it never sank to the level of exploitative garbage, trashy without being purposeful or redemptive. The format has a mission. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Biggest Loser: Season 18 (TV, 2004) The Biggest Loser promised change. I've now watched the first three episodes, and it's pretty clear to me that this is a wolf whose sheep costume is woefully inadequate. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
60% Lego Masters: Season 1 (TV, 2020) Lego Masters is a more conventional competition show than Making It or The Great British Baking Show, but is still having a hell of a lot more fun than most conventional cable talent competitions. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
86% The Circle: Season 1 (TV, 2020) isolates its contestants, illustrates our depressing tendency to superficially judge each other, and has just enough flashes of charm, humor, insight, and humanity to keep us staring at our screens to make a giant corporation money - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
100% Trading Spaces: Season 9 (TV, 2000-2019) From the synthesizer-y music to the high-speed footage showing us the load-out and load-in, it all felt comfortable and familiar. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
75% Desperate Housewives: Season 3 (TV, 2004-2012) Unlike last season, the audience wasn't kept ahead of the entire cast for weeks; instead, it only took them a few commercial breaks to catch up. - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
100% The Joe Schmo Show: Season 1 (TV, 2003-2013) The prank series still holds up as one of reality television's best shows, and biggest surprises. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
No Score Yet Survivor: Island of the Idols: Island of the Idols (TV, 2019) The show failed its cast with two of the most distressing, heartbreaking, awful hours of reality TV I've ever watched. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
No Score Yet Fear: Season 1 (TV, 0-2002) It doesn't rely on traditional gimmicks for an all-too-temporary scare. Instead, it goes for the psychological thrill of the unknown and plays that off our empathy for real people -- people just like us. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
100% Diagnosis: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It has all of the artistry that Chasing the Cure lacks-slow, drifting drone shots over neighborhoods and city streets-but it's also just much more effective at telling stories. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Chasing the Cure: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Chasing the Cure has only been on for two weeks so far, but both episodes have been surprisingly clumsy and stilted. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Paradise Hotel: Season 1 (TV, 2019) ...there's basically nothing to Paradise Hotel otherwise. It's purposefully empty and shallow. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Buddy vs. Duff: Season 1 (TV, 2019) The first episode of Buddy vs. Duff felt like that nightmare where you show up on the first day of production of a reality TV competition between pastry chefs having forgotten to do any pre-production, so you just start to make it up as you go along. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mile: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Million Dollar Mile's slick production design is in service of a competition that is equal parts confusing and dull. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
60% So You Think You Can Dance : Season 7 (TV, 2005-2019) Fox's So You Think You Can Dance began its seventh season by radically reinventing itself-but the changes haven't worked and, going into its finale Wednesday, viewers have fled. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Flirty Dancing: Season 1 (TV, 2020) I emphatically recommend watching these first dances; I also strongly recommend using your fast-forward button through the rest of the show. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
No Score Yet Making It: Season 2 (TV, 2018) With its rolling hills of fake bright green grass and its bottomless supply closet, it was a literal happy place, offering a non-stop supply of goodness. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
No Score Yet Wrap Battle: Season 1 (TV, 2019) "a merry, pun-filled holiday gift wrapping competition. While it may have some rough edges and torn corners, there's enough holiday joy to fully appreciate the gift it's giving us." - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
No Score Yet In a Man's World: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Their startling transformations into male characters give them the opportunity to surprise people and confront sexist behavior in the episodes' climax, but In a Man's World works best at exploring gender bias in its smaller moments. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
68% Encore!: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's a smoky fireplace of a reality show that radiates warmth and consistently caused my eyes to water. Like high school, though, it's easy to generalize about but its reality is far more complicated. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
40% Prank Encounters: Season 1 (TV, 2019) Netflix's attempt to create its own Scare Tactics is mostly embarrassing, for Netflix and everyone involved in creating such a dull, unconvincing mess. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
100% Hyperdrive: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's beautiful and an electric rush. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet The Real World: Atlanta (TV, 1992) The Real World: Atlanta has not reinvented the genre nor the show, but it is echoing the original by making space for actual conversations between real people. And these days, that's a lot more than reality television - or Facebook - usually does. - New York Magazine/Vulture EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2019
81% Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: Season 1 (TV, 2019) It's both inspiring-I wanted to go re-fold all my shirts-and yet instantly boring to watch another person decide what to do with a shirt. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A+ 100% The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) The Chair is literally flawless reality television, without flaws because it exposes its own. It is everything the genre can and should be, authentic and entertaining. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
A 93% Nailed It!: Season 1 (TV, 2018-2019) Nailed It is the perfect baking competition for these United States of America: a country that's one giant experiment that is sometimes f****d up beyond all recognition, and has no hope of perfection. But we go out there and try anyway. - Reality Blurred EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
40% The Bachelor: Season 16 (TV, 2002) The Bachelor ended with an engagement, but this season wasn't quite the fairy tale the ABC reality series' viewers are used to. - The Daily Beast EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
38% What About Joan: Season 1 (TV, 2001) What About Joan looks and feels way too much like every other lame sitcom. It doesn't have the energy or the chemistry of a Will & Grace breakout, and it's definitely nowhere near as spastic or original as Malcolm in the Middle. - Salon.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
67% The Amazing Race: Season 6 (TV, 2013-2015) Now, it seems producers wanted loud, obnoxious contestants who'd get people talking, and people are definitely talking. But at what price? This "stunt casting" dilutes the show's quality. - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% The Amazing Race: Season 10 (TV, 2013-2015) Returning familiar faces won't exactly inject new life into the franchise, but "The Amazing Race"'s formula still appears to have enough fuel in it to get a group of teams and camera crews around the world a few more times. - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
17% The Amazing Race: Season 8 (TV, 2013-2015) This "Family Edition" of Amazing Race is by far my least favorite... But now, I'm completely caught up in it -- only because I'm so desperately hoping the Weavers will be eliminated. It's like having a whole family of J.R. Ewings to root against. - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
71% The Amazing Race: Season 7 (TV, 2013-2015) Part of the appeal of The Amazing Race is getting to know pairs of people as they navigate the earth and get to know each other better. Rob and Amber's presence may alter the game, but it's denied us the chance to meet two new people - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
60% Survivor: Panama -- Exile Island (TV, 2013-2017) "Survivor's" editors often keep viewers out of the loop both to surprise us and deceive us, and that both makes the show dramatic and frustrating at the same time. - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
100% Survivor: Micronesia -- Fans vs. Favorites (TV, 2013-2017) The second all-star season limped into existence, a not-so-all-star collection of returning "favorites" and unimpressive "fans." But it followed an exponential curve, transforming into a season worthy of the designation of "best season ever," - MSNBC EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019