Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Reality TV, Rachel Dratch, and the Shaw Report
Feedback from our readers
As a longtime reality TV fan, I was wary when I saw your cover touting the best reality shows. But you nailed it! Your top five in particular was perfect — I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I was especially happy to see The Osbournes at No. 3. The scene where Ozzy tries to put a trash bag in his compactor is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on TV. Well done!
Thank you for ”The Return of Rachel Dratch” (Movies section). She is such a fantastic comedian! I’m glad you finally cleared up what happened with 30 Rock. But you didn’t mention her run as Denise on The King of Queens — her stint as Spence’s girlfriend was the reason to watch. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
I’ll tell you one of the reasons adult dramas aren’t doing well at the theater (”How Movies for Grown-ups Became Hollywood’s Endangered Species”). It has become a very unpleasant experience to go to the movies with all of the cell phones ringing, people talking, babies crying, etc. When I go see a movie for grown-ups, I want to be able to pay attention to the movie.
Somebody has to tell Jessica Shaw that buns are never out (there’s a pun in there somewhere), as per her Shaw Report — just ask Sacha Baron Cohen, Eminem, and the MTV crowd.
Martin D. Goodkin
Though Gayle Weiswasser liked our list of TV’s best reality shows, other readers found it lacking. ”How could you omit Newlyweds? It made Chicken of the Sea one of the best-selling tunas in America!” wrote Deirdre Staunton. ”No Fear Factor?” inquired Greg Ortiz. ”Where else could you see people eating nasty animal parts?” Below, some of our oversights:
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Ice Road Truckers
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
So You Think You Can Dance