Where do I begin? My gf and several friends or their wives absolutely love this show(at least some of the earlier seasons). To me, it is a part of the "reality" machine of shows that has come to dominate the TV and internet landscape, 95% of which depict no reality at all.
This show is always going on in the background(as I rarely watch a whole episode, and would never pay attention to 5 secs. of it if not for those close to me). Woopty Doo! More contrived scenes of 4th- string acting wanna-be clowns, trying to convince viewers that this is all "real" and somehow "dramatic". LOL. It would be funny if the general public didn't actually seem to believe in this nonsense. If I am going to watch a fictional TV show, I want it to be admitted, and then well-written and surrounding interesting, hypothetical, historical, current, or future events, with character studies or development and action that brings forth entertainment and is also informative. These types of shows are pretty much the opposite.
A bunch of whiny, mean, or self-absorbed people from different backgrounds, religions, races, etc. are always thrown in to create some sort of fake drama. This is the case on pretty much every one of these shows. However, it just feels very phony and scripted. There is always some gay person having arguments with religious people, or black people vs. whites, or rednecks vs. city slickers, etc. but the way it is presented and egged on, seems extravagantly perpetrated and pushed by the writers/producers/directors.
If it isn't the above stuff going on, these shows devolve into petty cat fights and pointless YEARS(yes YEARS) of arguing from these random people that I couldn't care less about. I mean, seriously, who cares that Yolanda called Jenny a bitch, and then Raymond voted against her, after he promised to vote out Larry???? Apparently, though, this sort of lowest-common-denominator fussing and "intrigue"(LMAO) really appeals to a bunch of other women and losers with nothing to watch.
I sit in amazement at the people I know and love who find these shows interesting, and can't miss a season of it. Maybe I am being arrogant, but after watching this garbage, and then watching a masterpiece film, a historical drama, or a documentary, quiz show, or great comedy, I just can't help but wonder, why anyone would choose to waste hours of their entertainment time on this subpar crap, akin to WWE wrestling. Most of these shows teach narcissism, hatred, bullying, fighting, arguing, bitching, backstabbing, and valuing looks or fame over true worth or knowledge. Something our society and today's youth already does in abundance. Sigh....
There are also weird esoteric and secret society symbols/messages/subliminals in many of the episodes/games, for the aware readers/viewers who might have noticed.
Oh, and Julie Chen gets to do this show, and appear on others for the next 40 yrs. because she is married to Les Moonves, who owns CBS. Lucky for her...