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Lifetime’s UnReal

Obsessing Over Lifetime’s UnREAL and the Books that Expose Reality TV

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I’m always on the hunt for a new TV obsession, and this summer I found it in Lifetime’s UnREAL. I’d been hearing buzz about the show for months, and when I saw that season 2 premiered on June 6, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Luckily, the whole first season is available on Hulu, so I set myself up with some snacks and settled in for a weekend-long marathon. Holy. Crap. This show is soooo good. It’s dark and funny and tragic and everything I wanted it to be. It stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel, an emotionally unstable producer on the set of a reality show (ala The Bachelor) who seems to both enjoy and be tortured…

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Lifetime’s UnReal is Better Than Any TV Series You’re Currently Watching

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If there’s a juicy drama this summer that’s not yet on your radar and 100 percent should be, it’s Lifetime’s new series UnReal. The dark new satire strips popular reality dating shows (read: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette) down to the bone, giving us the behind-the-scenes look we’ve been dying for thanks to its show-within-a-show premise. If you aren’t dialed into UnReal yet, here’s a quick breakdown: UnReal takes places on the set of the “hit dating show,” Everlasting, and follows the trials and tribulations of the producers, show runners, the bachelor and the contestants as they navigate filming the show all while dealing with their private lives.UnReal is helmed by former Bachelor producer Sarah Shapiro and the incomparable Marti…

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