So I’m putting Shows About Craigslist into the Online Video Vault of Overdoneness. The only reason I feel comfortable calling it a day on this genre, though, is that the reality series Craigslist TV might be as good as it’s going to get.
Reality TV has become an ingrained part of pop culture over the last decade, and that’s created a large population of people a touch too desperate to see their faces on television, and thus easily taken advantage of. That doesn’t mean anyone should.
You have to hand it to the guys behind Penny Arcade. What started out as a web comic a decade ago has since exploded to become a full-blown phenomenon that encompasses merchandising, video games and a convention (that tens of thousands of people attend) dedicated to all things “nerd.” You can potentially add reality TV stars to that list as Penny Arcade launched its own web series earlier this week to give fans a sneak peek behind their curtain.
The Penny Arcade guys (co-founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins) are like the R.E.M. of the nerd world. They appear to have managed their growth without ever blatantly “selling out,” and projects they pursue seem to be of genuine interest to them. Either that or they are insidious masters of disguise. But it’s because of this organic, intentional growth that I was surprised to hear about their new reality show. With people faking child endangerment and supposedly crashing White House parties to get on a reality TV show, why would these two, supposed bastions of integrity want anything to do with the genre?