With Little People, Big World returning for it's 6th and final season beginning on Monday September 6th -- one of the common themes fans discuss is bound to come up again. That is the issue of how "real" or "fake" the reality show Little People, Big World is currently.
One of our regular readers, Disillusioned, asked if they could share some additional thoughts on the subject of LPBW being "fake", so we are featuring it here.
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Written by Disillusioned
Recently, the idea of LPBW being "fake" has been a hot topic on the comments section and I just wanted to take a little time to try and address that issue.
The original purpose of LPBW was to educate the general public about dwarfism and how dwarfs live and it accomplished that goal in the very first few episodes of the show. I think we can all agree that the first season or two seemed to be the most real and genuine out of all the others because they most likely were. Afterall, that was their original purpose to say "Hey...yeah we might have some LPs in our family but we're just like here and here's how we do it.."
They showed Matt going to schools giving speeches, Amy working as a teacher and taking care of the kids, and the kids going to school and coming home doing their homework.
But that "realness" can only take a show so far before people start saying "Thats how my life is. I don't want to sit here and watch people sitting at home all the time." Jacob even said in a recent show that he likes to play video games and to take it further, Zach has said how he sometimes doesn't have enough motivation to do things.
The funny thing about life is that its repitious...we all do the same things over and over again in our lives so imagine how boring it would really be to tune in every week and see the Roloffs doing the same things over and over again; hanging around the house playing video games, listening to music, or taking care of business.
Matter of fact, we still wouldn't be watching the show at all because it would've been cancelled a long time ago.
The reason why the show is still going on in general is because of the Roloffs themselves. Long ago, after the first couple of episodes, we all moved passed the fact that some of them are dwarfs and took an interest in them either as a family or as individuals or as both. Some want to see how Amy and Matt handle their family while some watch to see if they catch a glimpse of Jeremy shirtless or to see what Zach and Molly are doing with their friends and still yet, younger kids might watch because they have a crush on Jacob. Even still, we would eventually get tired of seeing them do the same things over and over again.
I think people get too caught up in the fact that the show is listed as a "reality" show and forget the part that its on TV and is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions.
Now lets focus on that. LPBW is a TV show which means that is is a form of entertainment and having Gay Rosenthal Productions means that it is a production...which roughly translates to a staged event-just like a Broadway play is a production. Yet people bring up the point that "Oh...well the Roloffs say that what people see on their show is real for the most part." Notice the words "for the most part." They most likely are meaning that some of the real events and discussions that happen in their real lives make it on the show but mainly what they mean is probably the fact that their reactions to the events they're in are the real "reality" on the show.
We all know that the show is planned and staged in certain aspects and thats simlpy because the camera crew has to have a reason to show up and film. The crew doesn't always want to film the same things happening over and over again because it doesn't make for good TV.
I always liken the world of reality TV to something most people don't realize was probably the first basic format of reality TV and that is the world of professional wrestling. In wrestling, two or more wrestlers have a storyline that builds over a matter of time and usually results in a big hyped match. Before that big time match, the two wrestlers will get together to discuss their "spots" or the big entertainment parts of the match (much as the producers of TV shows get together and discuss what they want to do with their "spots" which most likely end with vacation or trip of some sort.)
Now onto storylines. Why does wrestling have storylines? To make it entertaining and to have a point to it, much like most reality shows have today. The basic idea of storylines is that at the end people will see the actions and reactions that the people involved took to get to the end of that segment. Thats my reason why LPBW may have storylines as well.
The now infamous "Story line Cheat Sheet" was spotted by viewers on the desk during an episode of LPBW in season 5
Speaking of wrestling, Hulk Hogan had a reality show called Hogan Knows Best. In one of Hogans books, he talked about the behind the scenes of his show. In the book he said that him and each of his family members had a specific schedule with the camera crew. Hogan would have them for some hours, his wife had them for some, the kids for some, and then the whole family was together with them for film "family" segments and no matter who had the crew, each of them had to be in the immidiate area of filming just in case they were needed for whatever segment they were filming.
Hogan even said that each one of them had their own "roles" or "characters" to play (which strangely reminds me of the storyline cheat sheet someone found on Matt's desk.) Hogan himself obviously played the wrestler dad who took care of his family, his wife was told to act like she wanted everything big and expensive, his daughter was told to act like she was boy crazy because viewers would think she was hot (even though Hogan said she was actually not like that at all in real life), and his son was told to act spoiled and be rude and act like a brat because he wanted attention since he was the baby of the family.
Hmm...do I need to make any comparisons between the Hogan family and the Roloff family based on their TV shows? Lets see.. Matt is the dad who takes care of the family, Amy handles the kids like Hogans wife used to do on the show, Jeremy being sexy going shirtless because one of the producers probably told him that viewers would find him to be attractive
And Jacob, who people say is rude and acts like a brat (those aren't my words, those were comments taken out of the comment sections.)
They probably all act that way because they were told to do so to follow the storylines.
Jacob sailing through the store on a shopping cart -- natural Jacob or encouraged for the show?
Its amazing how people don't pay any attention to the fact that if they look on any websites that credit the Roloffs for being on their show, none of them list them as regular people....they list them as actors.