Author Archives: Grunge Harris

Man v. Sensibility

Man v. Food is perhaps the most blatant form of idiocracy on TV today.

I admittedly have watched and enjoyed this show – to an extent.  Put travel and food together, and you’ve got yourself a pretty  marketable combo.  The catch?  It’s all done under this idiocratic guise:  How Much Can One Man Eat?

Think about that for a second.  It’s not enough to highlight the unique regional dishes and interesting people that make up Americana.  But while Adam Richman gorges on 7lb burritos, 13 inch kielbasas or the Old 96’er, people are literally starving in the world.

I don’t mean to get all Sarah McLachlan here, but could you imagine trying to explain the concept of this show to someone from Laos, Kenya or any other country with an impoverished population?  They’d probably consider it to be one of the most vulgar displays of irresponsibility that they’d ever seen.

Somebody let me know when they catch a “fight hunger” commercial during  a Man v. Food broadcast.

Grunge Harris covers TV for the Idiocratic Post.

Get Some Dome

The Onion is one of the best satirical outlets of all time.  Their infallible content consistently delivers a three-punch combo to all things idiocratic, ranging from news and politics to sports and entertainment.  Last night on Comedy Central, The Onion debuted its delightfully accurate Sportscenter spoof, SportsDome.

Silly at times, no topic is too taboo for SportsDome, which ran with segments about “maniacal, brain-damaged NFL retirees” and  “who would you kill?”  And of course, my personal favorite: Meth Addict Rob Langer Takes On Hundreds Of Invisible Snakes.

As is often the case with satire, the true wit is in the details.  SportsDome’s cast nails the egocentric banter that is so common between ESPN’s sportscasters.  The deep voice overs on lead-ins and cut-aways are perfect, the graphics and stat sheets are hilarious and the long-winded over analysis is right on.

Much like Idiocracy, SportsDome is cheesy at times.  But if you dig satire and can appreciate the swipes they’re taking at ESPN, give it a watch.

-Grunge Harris

Grunge Harris covers TV for the Idiocratic Post.