TV Tonight: Morgan Spurlock!!

Morgan Spurlock has figured something out. He knows that people have an underlying inquisitiveness about certain lifestyles, and he’s ready to satisfy their curiosity. It also helps that Spurlock himself is, well, nosy. Spurlock’s first foray into private detectiveness happened with his hugely successful McDonald’s-bashing movie, Supersize Me. He wanted to know what would happen if he ate McDonald’s non-stop for 30 days. After he gained a large rock’s worth of weight, killed his sex drive and turned his internal organs into a pulp, he had the answer. It sucked.

Spinning off on that idea, Spurlock's FX show, 30 Days With Morgan Spurlock, challenges a different person to take on a different lifestyle for 30 days. In the first episode of the season, Morgan and his fiancé lived on minimum wage, taking construction and coffee-shop jobs, having barely enough to eat, and risking their health because they had no insurance. Subsequent episodes have featured plots like a middle-aged man watching his sperm count disappear while on anti-aging treatments, and a homophobe living in San Francisco's gay district.

Tonight's episode is especially freaky: A mother of a college girl who likes to drink agrees to binge drink for 30 days. Her daughter watches as she vomits and hits on frat boys (okay, the last part I made up).

This is real reality TV -- the kind that doesn't just subject some poor person to a lot of humiliation, but one that examines the issues behind the problem. There's a lesson to be learned from each of the series' episodes, but it's no morality tale. It's a close-up view of our particularly bizarre society, and it's totally fascinating.

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