Dutch Reality Game Shows

Dutch Reality Game Shows

Holland could be considered the birth place of the reality game show (despite being one itself). Many of the reality shows now airing on TVs around the world originated from the country. Big Brother, Fear Factor, and that show about that woman’s search for a sperm donor all came from the land of windmills and tulips.Calling them reality shows seems like a bit of a stretch since neither the producers nor contestants appear to have a grip on the shows genre, reality.

The following are actual shows on TV in Holland. I promise I have not made them up:

The Golden Cage:
It might sound like a strip club in the red light district but it is in fact the new incarnation of Big Brother. Contestants spend a minimum of a year in a Villa worth 2 million Euros (which is also the prize) but there is no voting off. The show goes on indefinitely until all but one person has left voluntarily. All participants can do is wait for opponents to get home sick or annoy them until they leave. The show is probably only a few seasons away from the ‘beat your opponents to death to win the prize’ rule with product placement weapon sponsorship.

Undercover Love:
One member of a couple has to pose as singles as they take part in different challenges designed to test how far they are will go to keep their (soon to be over) relationship secret. All this is done while their partner watches via TV. The person who manages to keep their relationship secret wins the prize money which will probably come in handy for any divorce settlements or re-pair costs when their former partner slashes their car tires (or worse).

Weet Wat Je Date:
A group of four singles stand behind a glass barrier in their underwear while a contestant picks out which one they would like to date before they know anything about them. All the producers need to do is put a red filter over the studio lighting and they have a televised version of Amsterdam’s famous red light district.

Fear Factor:
I’m just waiting for the season that makes The Running Man seem less fictional as contestants are hunted down by a fat man on a motorcycle waving a chainsaw about.

10 responses to “Dutch Reality Game Shows”

  1. ellen says:

    Horrendous. I will be so glad when the Reality Show genre finally dies.

  2. BlondebutBright says:

    Wow. And I thought it couldn’t get worse. The sad thing is that many are drawn to these shows just because they are so outrageously BAD. Hopefully soon the novelty will wear off.

  3. ChickyBabe says:

    selecting dates based on their underwear? That I’d like to see! And study. For research purposes only…

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    BlondebutBright – I’ve been waiting for about 10 years for them to stop

    ChickyBabe – I know I’ll hate myself in the morning but alright… I’ll go and put my underwear on and nothing else just for you.

  5. JaG says:

    Dutch TV sucks ass. I’m soo not watching any of those shows.

  6. Mattias says:

    I remember the first Big Brother, when people actually still had some grip on reality. At least until SBS parachuted into the house, actually hitting the front door.

    Once the show really caught on I had to flew the country, but after 6 years I have to see myself defeated and moving back despite The Golden Cage. I can’t wait to see Weet Wat Je Date though.

  7. JaG says:

    I think it is. Although I must say I know people who actually watch that Undercover Lover thing.

  8. Invader_Stu says:

    Mattias – I am shamed to admit that I enjoyed watching the first British Big Brother.

    JaG – Is that the official Dutch statement on the matter? :p

  9. Mattias says:

    I would, it’s a great way to see who’ll be available.

    But then I’m not Dutch.

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