Seriously, who are the brainiacs that keep coming up with these awesome new television shows time and time again? Just when you think that they can’t come up with any more great ideas, they go and raise the bar even higher. My new favourite show is an edge-of-your seater called Paradise Hotel. If you haven’t seen it you’re really missing out. I’m not sure but I think it’s on every single night of the week, or maybe it just seems like that. Anyways, it’s nothing short of genius in its originality. Let me paint the picture for you. What you basically have is a group of 10-12 twenty-something year old boys and girls that all live in a luxurious hotel, or house or something, in some tropical part of the world. They hang out and play games and waste time and we get to watch it all because there are TV cameras in the house and following them around while they act like idiots. You can only imagine the relationship drama that takes place, the emotional highs and lows of the contestants, and the hilarious antics of these complex personalities! And then, as if it wasn’t dramatic enough, every week one person will get kicked off the show until I presume there is only one person left who is then the winner. I’m not sure if they have to win some competition to stay on or if people are voted off, but either way it’s very tense. Just imagine, people are living their ”real” lives in this fake setting and we are lucky enough to get to watch it all (after editing of course). I mean, outside of Big Brother, Real World, Survivor, and about 100 other shows like that, have you ever heard of such cutting edge television?
Another classic in the making is called Bonde Söker Fru. (Farmer searching for a wife). What you have here is one single guy and a group of single women who are competing for the chance to marry him. Now, I know this may remind you of The Bachelor, Average Joe, Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire or one of the hundreds of others, but this one is different. It’s not like any of those other shows because this guy is a farmer! That makes it unique.
These are just two of the many quality TV shows here in Sweden that you can waste your evenings on. And when these gems finally run their course don’t worry, I’m certain there will be more garbage to take their place.