TV Tonight: Morgan Spurlock!!
Morgan Spurlock has figured something out. He knows that people have an underlying inquisitiveness about certain lifestyles, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ready to satisfy their curiosity. It also helps that Spurlock himself is, well, nosy. SpurlockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first foray into private detectiveness happened with his hugely successful McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s-bashing movie, Supersize Me. He wanted to know what would happen if he ate McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s non-stop for 30 days. After he gained a large rockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 fiancÃƒÂ© 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.