And the best part, it was $4 at Target! I’ve had the first season on my Amazon wishlist for about a year now - it’s always hovering at about $35 or more. The second season wasn’t nearly as good, but for $4, I’ll bite. The packaging is hilarious - it’s an extra thick clamshell, but inside are two discs in those paper/cellophane sleeves just kind of pinned against the case.
For those who aren’t familiar, the first season was a reality spoof show, of sorts. It was a Survivor-like setting on a fake show called “The Lap of Luxury”. Every contestant but one was a hired actor. The real guy - Matt - was kept in the dark the whole time, as the show was manipulated to put him in ridiculous situations, on the brink of elimination only to be “miraculously” saved by timely backstabbing, etc. It involves a send-up of every reality show cliche available, and embraces the cheese.
On it’s face it sounds cruel to put one guy at the center of attention, and make him the butt of the joke. But it turns out, Joe was a fantastic guy. Everyone just fell in love with him, and he really seemed to be the genuine article. He was pre-ordained to win the cash prize ($100,000), and the actors couldn’t have been happier to be a part of it.
Season two takes on two regular people - a man and a woman - on a fake dating show. It’s not done nearly as well, but it’s a lot of fun.