Everybody should definitely pay heed to The Profit!
It’s a show about a billionaire investor named Marcus Lemonis. On the surface, it’s another of those quasi-reality famous-guy-fixes-it-up shows, a genre which I rather enjoy anyway. Or rather, I enjoy a part of it. What often annoys about these kinds of shows is the fake “resolution” where things are great that these trend towards.
No so much, this one. Lemonis is actually putting his own money down and buys some level of ownership stake if he’s confident in the business, and is directly involved in putting the business in order. Much of his advice also makes perfect sense, and he’s not afraid to have cutaways where he explains the economics of a decision or break down some choices - whereas other shows often use these only for emotional reactions.
While he’ll yell at people, it’s also obvious he spends real time trying to offer constructive criticism, and he’s not afraid of walking away from a deal - or in a couple cases, running away as fast as possible. If you want an intro to modern business, you could do a lot worse. Lemonis also uses his connections to try to make real growth possible.
Which isn’t to say that some people are utterly dysfunctional. In fact, as a veteran of Kitchen Nightmares and so forth, there wouldn’t be a lot which might shock me. Then I saw The Profit. Well, a lot of this gets working, but some people seem to have flatly mad ideas about how to run a business, or let freakish character flaws blow million-dollar opportunities. It’s definitely an interesting show, and at the very least seems like it’s less edited to show some point of view.
At the least, make sure you watch WorldWide Trailer (S2, E4). It actually managed to make me feel sorry for an adulterous husband, which is amazing.
ETA: Also, the entire show is available for free on Hulu.