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By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Experimental reality show looks like normal reality show.

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Twenty years ago, Chuck Klosterman published a great essay about how after The Real World first aired in 1992, everyone in his peer group began to behave like a reality TV personality type in their day-to-day lives. Similarly, Insiders' social experiment is meant to capture its contestants' lives off-camera, but what it discovers is that people who want to be on a reality show tend to act like a camera is on them at all times. So, despite the twist, Insiders looks and feels exactly like a typical reality show, with many of the exact beats and tropes viewers have come to expect since those early seasons of The Real World.

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