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Based on the Dutch series, thirteen strangers who are living in a studio-like house that's filled with cameras and microphones, compete in a series of physical and mental stunts, and some challenging trivia at a chance at $500,000 in this reality soap opera-like summer program. Thirteen of those house guests live in 13 different states. America will watch every single move they compete to be the last one standing, after having twelve house guests evicted. These strangers are the contestants who think they have absolutely nothing in common, and a few are in a shock for their lives. The house guests begin to introduce other people at the Big Brother house. It's the first time they will get to know each other and they're not allowed to say not one word with them until they are in the Big Brother house. The thirteen will be living in the same house for the following two months. They may either find their best friend or worst enemy in that group; and in the end, it's one men for themselves... Written by Gary Richard Collins II (

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Endearing to a degree.
17 February 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Can be a nice summer pastime being on 3 times a week. Some season's have impact, others are just distasteful. It comes down to the appeal of the cast. A lot has been said about the weak casting in recent years. To me it hasn't gone weaker or even younger, just more naive. The concept of the show is very interesting. Some season's show the potential of big brother, like season 2, season 3, all-stars, season 14 and season 17, just to name a few of the marginally good seasons. But every year has it's redundancy. Season 2 was and has been the only season where there wasn't any twists, it was the only season pertained to legitimate natural game. After that, the veto was introduced in season 3 and special powers were in future season's also. Why the ratings have dipped the past few years is because of the overabundance of twists.

They say expect the unexpected, but production doesn't always surprise the house-guests very well when (for example) only 8 contestants walk in and the other 6 are more than likely significant others. When production brings back returning house-guests, like they did in season's 13,14 and 18, they try to protect them using game twists in order to even the playing field. Me personally, the mixed cast's are all about whether these returning players can fair being at a disadvantage. Production gets involved way too often. In season 18, a player could've been evicted 4 times. As a result a lot of the naive game play is to the effect of playing the twists. With things like the roadkill, the battle of the block and separate teams contriving in the set-up, the viewers (which are mostly casual one's) are instantly turned off and confused by it. Reality TV has plummeted, but Big Brother has shot itself in the foot from being one of the platinum reality programs.

I wish for a revamp of the game where it can retain a consistent conception such as: 12-14 house-guests enter (no blood relatives or friends). 12-14 'complete strangers' enter the house and compete for the grand prize. 70-80 days as a potential seasonal length, no buy-backs and no double evictions. I also feel the POV competition should be in the same as it is for the HOH. You have 1 comp where the house-guests battle for either the HOH or POV at the same time. They need to simplify the game so that luck is not involved and better competitions are created to pin players against each other.

I have an obsessive love for this show, over the years I can't help but tune in most of the season's, it's just become a game that nobody understands because the playing field is always unbalanced. The only game twist I liked was bringing in coaches, it reminded my of the voice and it's a game set-up I would like to see again if they can stick to it for a full season. It's just when the cast's are so big and there are so many comps and twists, the episodes air so little of what is actually going on inside the house. You don't see any gaming after the final 4, that last week with the final 3 is unseen footage now. The finale is to crammed, not every jury member gets to ask a question, as a result the wrong winner wins most of the time and the 3rd place finisher gets nothing despite only being 20 minutes short of any big-time cash. The casual viewers who don't watch the feeds aren't getting a legitimate perspective of the house's interior. If the game were to be simplified it would become something people talk about and actually take seriously.

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