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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.
On the other side of that terrible title is a show that's both engaging and thoughtful - one that's fun and highly critical and skeptical, but still feels sympathetic to people who make reality shows, people who watch them, and people on them.
If, despite all you know, you still choose to believe that most "reality shows" are real, stay far away from Lifetime's terrific new comedy-drama from Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.
The show's ability to explore human manipulation and psychology is unparalleled, but it wouldn't be half as fun to watch without the performances of Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer at the core.
In its first hour alone, there's far more truth and reality on UnREAL than there is in the reality series that inspired it, ABC's The Bachelor.
While most reality television is so ridiculous that some shows can serve as parodies of themselves, Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro had the brilliant idea to spin a scripted series out of that madness.
The most interesting relationship on UnREAL has been and will most likely remain the dysfunctional one between these two.
UnREAL exposes the limits of contemporary liberal feminism, the kind that generates clicks and bucks for a handful of people but has precious little to offer any woman whose life falls outside the media cycle.
Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 1
Nov 26, 2020The portrayal of Quinn by Constance Zimmer is flawless and delicious.
Jul 03, 2019the first season was by far the best of the 4. it's a great twisty-drama, it really pulls you into it all.
Jun 26, 2018One of the best if not the best 'mockumentry style shows around. 100 times better than actual reality.
Feb 26, 2018I just started watching this show from a suggestion via Hulu and wow, I've been missing a gem!! This show is fresh, riveting, and sexy. I've never watched The Bachlor or shows like it because I've always find them fake and pretentious but as a scenic of those type shows this show fit me well. I recommend this show.
Feb 18, 2018Very diffrent and interessting, my advice though would be to stop watching after this season, as the second just doesnt come even close.
Jan 07, 2018Currently addicted to this show!
Feb 15, 2017ROFLMAO, hahaha, guffaws w/ tears, knee slapping, gut wrenching cramps, and it's funny, too....If you miss this, you won't make it to comedy heaven. More than a new comedy, it's a new paradigm.
Sep 24, 2016Smart, thought-provoking and disturbingly believable, UnREAL boasts a well-written black-comedy/drama ignited by absorbing performances from Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby.
Aug 17, 2016I stumbled upon UnREAL while catching up on Bachelor in Paradise and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As a reality tv junkie I am OBSESSED with this show and the dark and twisted behind the scenes drama. As a former acting major I am beyond impressed with what the actors in UnREAL are bringing to the table. Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer are an unstoppable duo and I cannot get enough of their sick snarky back and forth dialogue. The rawness and blunt honesty they bring to Rachel and Quinn is a breath of fresh air from the normal typical leading lady role. That being said the entire cast is extremely strong and dynamic. I watched the first season in a day and quickly went to iTunes to get my hands on season 2. HIGHLY recommended and cannot wait to see what deep dark twisted secrets season 2 holds.
Aug 04, 2016Ever since I saw the first preview for UnREAL, my mom and I knew it would be a hit. Boy, were we right on the money! Shiri Appleby has come such a long way from Roswell, playing the deeply troubled Rachel and Constance Zimmer steals the show every week with her captivating performance of Quinn. This show provides an eye opening, jaw dropping insight of behind the scenes "reality" that nobody ever wants to truly believe but is so obviously present. I hope Constance wins the Emmy, she more than deserved and earned her nomination!!