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By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark drama exposes the underbelly of "reality" TV.

TV Lifetime Drama 2015
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UnREAL is an enjoyable and sharp drama that exposes the inherent corruption that goes into producing a so-called "reality" show. The show does a great job of illustrating the way that power corrupts and how the drive to make a hit show and climb the career ladder can turn human beings and their feelings into mere collateral damage. Though there's definitely some black humor, the gritty tone and understandably complicated moral conundrums faced by the show's staffers help keep UnREAL from veering too far into parody and plants it firmly into "savvy takedown" territory.

The show paints a harsh picture of behind-the-scenes reality, but it manages to make you sympathetic to its seemingly unlikable characters by examining their flaws and how their internal conflicts about their misdeeds have a damaging effect on their psyches and personal lives.

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