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In a pilot ep that's crammed with characters, exposition, gags and events -- all handled superbly -- we hook into a number of "journeys" that promise to make UnREAL as satisfying as it is hilarious.
The balance between comedy and drama shifts toward the latter, which isn't the show's strength.
UnReal is darker than a locked box inside a lightproof cube sitting on the bottom of the ocean at midnight. It is an ice cream sundae laced with ipecac, delectable and poisonous all at once.
I simply love the idea that reality TV has spawned something of value, and that scripted TV is "reading" reality TV, owning it as it takes it apart piece by piece. Let us be grateful that these reality satires aren't here to make friends either.
Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 1
Incredibly addictive, UnREAL is a trashy and provocative dark satire from Lifetime. Season 1 follows the behind-the-scenes of a dating show called Everlasting, where a group of women compete for a rich British aristocrat while the producers manipulate them in order to provoke melodrama that will generate ratings. Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer lead the cast and give outstanding performances. And the writing is quite impressive, with sharp, witty dialog and clever, daring plot twists. Additionally, the serial storytelling does a great job at building suspense and tension as the season progresses, with gripping cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Scandalous and shocking, Season 1 of UnREAL is a gritty exposé of reality television.
UnREAL takes a look behind the scene on a fictional The Bachelor satire. Rachel is a manipulative specialist in creating drama on screen, but it takes a toll on her emotional stability. With every character having their own agenda, reality TV show becomes chaotic. The acting was natural and the writing was nice too. Initially I thought the idea was silly but UnREAL might just help Lifetime achieve something ground breaking.
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