Way Too Much TV

Posted by – January 28, 2006

When I first saw the ads for Beauty & the Geek, I delivered a predictable tirade about gender and intelligence and how stupid it was that the Beauties were all female and the Geeks all male.

Then I saw a couple of episodes. And now I’m hooked.

This is the first reality show I’ve ever seen where the underlying tone of the show is really very sweet. The premise: socially-challenged geeks helping academically-challenged social butterflies how to learn stuff. In exchange, the socially-skilled pretties teach the guys how to have a conversation with a girl & comb their hair & tell a joke.

It makes me happy to have been a That 70s Show fan from the beginning, since without its success, Ashton Kutcher wouldn’t be Ashton Kutcher, and he wouldn’t have had the clout to produce Beauty & the Geek. Now if I could just talk to him about doing the show with reversed genders…

And while I still wish it weren’t gendered so strictly, it’s a lovely little show – honest and funny. I worry this means I’m softening up in my old age, but then I think – so what if I am? Hey, maybe the beauties are teaching me something, too. Oh, the horror.

2 Comments on Way Too Much TV

  1. Barbara says:

    Never mind “reversed genders” — how about blended genders?

  2. jadecath says:

    Never having seen it, I’d definitely say that, to be excused from spending eternity in some circle of hell, the producers have to do at least one episode where the hawt but airheady guy helps the spectacled genius girl loosen up.

    The thing is, geek girls don’t find themselves in the same straits that geek guys do. We’re surrounded by adoring geek guys no matter what social disadvantages we arrive with.

    (I think I get to say “we”, here. That is the way I’m found at Linux conferences etc.)

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