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Introduction

In the last decade our society has been hit with many hard times; the constrictions of the economic ruins, the rise of health concerns and the occurrence of the 9/11 attacks.  What was once the land of opportunity and the pursuit of the American dream became a dark, bleak and unhopeful place. As a result, Americans are tuning into their television sets in search for a few moments of respite, a pure escapism. In response to this low morality television programs have produced a number of reality television programs to relieve its viewers.  Reality TV is a genre of television programs which presents purportedly unscripted events with real people instead of actors sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is rewarded.   Much like comfort food reality television is comfort TV for many people; something familiar yet friendly, intriguing and gives them a sense of comfort. If you switch on the television any time of the day, you are bound to find a reality television program on some channel or another.  Chances are that you’ve watched one of these shows and have a fancy to following the minutiae of the contestants’ lives as they unfold on your television screen in front of your eyes.  Through this website Alexis Hotz and Cathyna Soukthavone focuses two of America’s popular reality television programs:  ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and NBC’s The Biggest Loser both of which focus on shelter and health the two things most important to Americans.  These realities shows in particular take real life people in real life situations and give them a fairytale ending thereby strengthen the reality of the so-called American Dream.  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and The Biggest Loser are so popular because they give Americans a good feeling and inspire them to make a positive change in their lives and of the lives of others.  Although these fairytale endings are not attainable to everyone, Americans continue to tune into these reality shows because it makes them feel like they are part of a crowd that contributed to the happy endings and the shows allows them to also fantasize about making their own American dream come true.