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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Dan Gheesling...Big Brother's Greatest Player?

Author: lonenote from Canada
22 September 2008

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When Big Brother 10 began, Brian and Dan swiftly aligned themselves with one another making a pact to go to the end. Unfortunately, the end came fast and furious for Brian, aka The Puppet Master, who was evicted from the house that very first week. Most houseguests, after commencing the game with a blow that harsh to the solar plexus might as well have packed their bags and followed suit. Most houseguests would have become next week's target and forced to do exactly that. Dan Gheesling isn't like most houseguests. Not only did Dan endure the second week, but he endured all the weeks, emerging as the winner of Big Brother 10 in a unanimous seven to zero win for that coveted half a million dollars.

Realizing he had some bridges to repair, Dan quickly relocated into a calm, quiet presence in the house letting drama kings and queens like Jessie and Renny take centre stage. His strategy worked. The spotlight was off him. His alliance with Brian on the back burner of everyone's mind. He was safe.

Week after week, Dan played the physically feeble competitor, forgoing POV wins, HOH wins, allowing others to shine and become targeted. Steven and Angie were the new targets and they respectfully followed Brian's exit out the Big Brother house.

Then came week four. The week of the twist. The week of America's Player. The week Dan started on his journey to become the best player of this season. He accepted the challenge of America's Player; not only completing all the required tasks, but surviving speculation and accusations by Libra and Michelle that he was a plant. And still, the charming Catholic school teacher wasn't targeted. The opposite happened. He became the vote everyone wanted.

Both sides of the house came at him. Which one would he side with? The one's determined to kick Memphis out the door, or those gunning for Jessie? Fortunately, America made the decision for him in voting out Jessie thus aligning himself with Memphis to create the unstoppable Renegades. Afterwards there was no stopping Dan. He played the house expertly. He knew his house mates inside and out and his strategy was unquestionably brilliant.

Dan never fell into the trap the others did. He kept his emotions in check. His temper guarded. His tongue was soothing and charming instead of dripping with venom. When Jerry was outing him as "Judas" to one and all he never retaliated. He let it all roll off his back, and rose above the catty name calling, the verbal abuse, and the threats. When he chanced the potentially backfiring game of Replacement POV Roulette he still remained calm under fire.

Ollie was riding high on his so-called untitled HOH win with the three part deal he had with Dan. The problem with a deal like that is you're one hundred percent dependent on the other party holding up their end of the bargain. Dan isn't The Man for nothing. He made Ollie think he was the fool, when in reality he was playing Ollie for the fool. Not only did he backdoor Michelle, he sent Ollie packing the very next moment. It was pure genius. His every move had you on the edge of your seat, chewing at your nails in anticipation of the outcome.

After that there was no hiding in shadows. He dominated the challenges, scraped through being on the block, took the impossible and made it happen, rescued the Renegades time and time again. He not only said what everyone wanted to hear, he made them believe he meant it. And even though it was Renegades to the end there could be only one Renegade who would walk away with the cash, and there was no way that Renegade could be anyone one other than Dan.

It was a win truly deserved by a player who truly played the game. Is Dan the best player of the season, or the best player in Big Brother history? In my eyes he'll always be epitome of Big Brother. Every player from here on will be looking to Dan's gameplay to reach the coveted final prize. Dan, you are truly The Man.

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19 out of 36 people found the following review useful:

I Love this show

10/10
Author: johnsyaface from United States
6 July 2006

Big Brother is a mixture of Survivor and the Real World. Its about how a group of people called "Housemates" live in a "house" and are isolated from any sorts of technology for the summer to compete against each other to win the HOH(head of household) and the power of veto thru numerous of competitions. The house guest who wins HOH will have the right to nominate two houesguests to be evicted out from the house. With the power of veto, the holder of it could choose to use it on one of the evictees to save them from possible eviction. The same process occurs every week until one is left standing and 500,000 dollars richer. I started watching Big Brother around 3 years ago, and I have seen many improvements and twists added to the show. Like last year, when 12-14 house guests were playing secretly with their friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend etc. Last years edition I consider one of the best, because of the "Cat with 9 lives" James who had won the power of veto a recorded 4 times. Also Kaysar and Jannele were terrific players, because Kaysar was a fan favorite and the "brains" of Big Brother 6. As Jannele was a combination of Kaysar and James. Another memorable Big Brother moment was Nakomis's 6 finger plan, also known as backdooring, where she finally got Jase evicted from the house. This show is really great to watch because its fun to watch how people will do anything for 500,000 dollars, which include lieing, backstabbing, back dooring, and the list goes on. If you want to watch Big Brother 7 All Stars tune in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8 o clock on CBS on the West Coast. In conclusion Big Brother is an excellent show and I hope I will be a future contestant.

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29 out of 57 people found the following review useful:

Big Brother is the best reality show on TV

Author: Walkenwrshpr from United States
1 September 2005

If you want a reality show to watch during the summer, Big Brother has what your looking for.

What do you get when you put 14 strangers/ex-lovers/secret pairs in a house without deserted islands, the races across country, and the rose ceremonies? You get people who are willing to back-stab, cheat, deceive, and all out scream at each other because they have nothing better to do. watch the reality show that has what your looking for.

This show has the best drama without the extravagant b. s. of Survivor and the like. Tune in and you'll be surprised how fast you fall in love with characters and become part of the game yourself.

P.S. Will Kirby rules!!!

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Love it

Author: emilyanderson-92263 from US
13 April 2016

Big Brother is one of the most interesting, keep you on the edge of your seat, type of shows. There are constant changes and emotional roller coasters you witness, and experience. You will see weekly mental and physical challenges that the house guests compete in for power. The season lasts the whole summer. When reviewing any TV show I look at the following criteria: Drama, entertainment, casting/acting, quality, and storyline.

The drama in this show is non-stop. There is constant backstabbing, unexpected alliances, lying, and deceiving behavior. You watch the house guests as they try to gain the power for the week. These are the kind of events that make you want to come back and watch week after week. I would definitely rate this very highly in the drama category.

In the entertainment category, I believe they do a great job with keeping me engaged and watching. This is because I love watching dramatic shows, such as The Bachelor. For me, entertainment and drama go hand in hand, because a show with a lot of conflict and unexpected twists and turns keeps me entertained throughout the whole viewing. If you don't enjoy the drama and deceiving, then this is probably not the show for you. When looking at the casting of TV shows I become very picky. Big Brother producers cast 12 people to start out in the house. If a show does not have the right characters to fill characteristics needed, then it is already not going to do very nice job of mixing up different types of people. They spends endless hours doing so because it creates more conflict if they add conflicting personalities. This is quite strategic, actually, because they are constantly trying to make the most drama filled season possible. The quality of a TV show is very important to the overall effect. The goal is to make it look as realistic as possible, in the sense that you are actually there. A very low budget program loses its realistic qualities because they couldn't afford the technology to do so. Big Brother obviously has a big budget for filming because the quality is very good. I would rate this aspect a 10/10 on quality and high definition. Finally, I look at storyline/over all point. This program has a very clear story line; create relationships, win competitions, and work your way to the top. Winning yourself $500,000. This category is very important because you can have great actors, budget, and props, but if you don't have a good storyline the show won't be good at all. The fan base of Big Brother is so large, it is obvious the storyline of this show is a success. In conclusion, Big Brother would definitely be a show I would recommend. It is dramatic, interesting, entertaining, and unpredictable. All of these qualities are great to have an any show. Easily a 9/10.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Einsteinian

1/10
Author: Polly Puddin from United States
26 June 2015

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I watched this show for ten minutes and lost 20 points off my IQ. While I don't even think the people who like this show (who must be among the world's stupidest) could possible see this as "reality," the truth is that the "actors" appearing here are all arrogant, narcissistic, self-centered, unintelligible morons. Celebrity wannabes (who never will be) without a shred of self respect willing to humiliate and denigrate themselves all because they think they will be he next Kardashian (and what a lofty goal that is). The host Julie Chen (who also happens to be married to the Pres. and CEO of CBS - and the only reason this nitwit is still on the air) does unintentionally bring comic relief by actually thinking this show is relevant in any way. Does she even know that this gig has made her the butt of a lot of jokes? Maybe her next husband should be the Pres. and CEO of HBO so at least she can be the worst part of a more prestigious show. Exhibit some self respect and stop patronizing these gutter level shows.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Be prepared for a loss of privacy!

7/10
Author: ShelbyTMItchell from Seymour Tennessee
18 July 2013

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If you think that Survivor was such a show where you love your privacy, than Big Brother increases it. As there are internet and TV cameras that are all over he place. When and where you are not also cut off from the real world.

Meaning no TV, no radio, no internet, nothing. As you are there 24/7 with a lot of cameras and no privacy. For there are people from thirteen different states with nothing in common.

Yes it involves backstabbing, lying, and pointing fingers. This season, as in 2013, is very controversial. Due to the racist remarks including, one contestant a model who lost her job due to them. As they forget that the cameras are on and we the audience, aka Big Brother is watching.

Would not want to be on that show thank you very much. As love my privacy too much.

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11 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Not Emmy material but still entertaining

10/10
Author: vmars77 from Canada
28 August 2006

Big Brother is a show set up where you are isolated in a mansion and each week you have to compete for the prized HOH position. When you are HOH you choose 2 of the house guests to be nominated to be evicted from the house. But then there is the veto competition where 6 of the house guests, the HOH, two nominees, and two randomly drawn players (it used to be the Hoh and noms got to pick 1 person each to play but not anymore). Whoever wins veto can take someone off the block (and they can't be nominated)or leave the noms as is. Then on eviction night everyone except the HOH and 2 noms vote on who is evicted. When there are 9 players left everyone voted off after gets sent to sequester until the final two when they vote for who gets the $500,000 dollar prize.

Okay now Big brother will not win an Emmy anytime soon but it is very entertaining to watch how everything unfolds and I happen to think that sometimes the game is more strategic than Surivor. You must be physical and mental to win the game. And oh yeah, being liked never hurts.

There are always players that win a lot (Janelle, season 6 & All Stars), manipulative players (the evil Dr. Will, season 2 and All Stars), the sidekick (Mike 'Boogie' Season 2 & All stars, Howie, Season 6 & All Stars), the person that needs a good push off their pedestal, I probably spelt that wrong, (Eric 'Cappy' Season 6, Scott Season 5). These players always bring fun to the game and antoher fun bit. If you don't win the food competition you must eat only PB&J (seasons 1-6) or slop (all stars). Slop has been called 'The devil's oatmeal', there is a new food competition each week. If you lose you are on slop, PB&J for a whole week.

Now I must go and if you are reading this part then I thank you for wasting probably a good four minutes to do so. I'll share with you who I wanted to win in all seasons up to All Stars. Season 1- Chicken George Season 2- Dr. Will Season 3- Marcellus or Lisa Season 4- Jun or Jack Season 5- Diane season 6- Janelle Season 7, All Stars- Dr. Will or Janelle.

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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

an excruciating show of human dominoes

1/10
Author: SN51431 from Manhattan
27 September 2015

Big Brother is one of the most vacuous shows I have ever seen on television. It is a classic example of what Newton Minow referred to when he said, "I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland." The show consists of about a dozen people who live together in a house and they scheme and make frivolous and childish "alliances" to remain in the house week after week without being "evicted" to get to the end where one person wins $500,000. They also have to perform in various competitions which can keep them safe until the next week or save them if they are "on the block." And a few have tedious "showmances." Other than that, the show is totally devoid of content. The house guests seem to never engage in intelligent conversations or to even discuss anything interesting. They don't talk about art, history, politics, theater, classic films, or books. But, they sit day after day talking about nonsense that almost never moves beyond who should "go home" next or who should be "back doored." The show is an excruciating insult to intelligence. Yes, I can change the channel and not watch... but you have to wonder what Bill Paley would think of this hot mess.

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Janelle

Author: a_l_i_e_n from Canada
11 August 2007

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Those who've won at the game of "Big Brother" usually can't say they didn't tell a fib or two along the road to victory. Seems to go with the territory. However, when there's a clear distinction between the more or less honest players and the consistently deceitful, this is when "Big Brother" can be a most absorbing contest to follow.

Such was the case in season 6. A line in the sand was drawn between the "Sovereign alliance" and the somewhat ironically named "Friendship Alliance" (later dubbed the "nerd-herd"). When the Sovereigns evicted the nerd-herd's leader (a pushy type "A" dictator named "Cappy"), the nerd-herders then eliminated the Sovereign's leader, an Iraqi-American named Kayzar. However, when asked which player they would like to see return to the game, viewers voted overwhelmingly to bring back Kayzar. Then in the next Head Of Household competition, nerd-herder Jennifer tearfully swore on her life that she'd nominate someone outside of Kayzar's alliance..if he let her be HOH. Kayzar agreed, and then, in one of the most under-handed double-crosses in the history of "Big Brother", Jennifer put Kayzar up for eviction, and with the help of her alliance, evicted the player that America had voted for in droves to return to the game. Amazingly, the nerd-herders would later scratch their heads in puzzlement over why viewers didn't seem to like them.

With Kayzar out, a particular Sovereign member next on their list, and another HOH victory expected for the nerd-herders, things looked pretty rosy for this bunch. But, they were soon to learn who it was they were dealing with.

At first glance, Janelle Pierzina seemed like just another pretty blonde, probably hoping to jump-start a career in show business through a stint on a reality show. Therefore, nothing special. Well, the truth is: one underestimates this girl at their own peril. For though the nerd-herders now had her in their sights, Janelle was not about to go gentle into that good eviction. Already a veteran of the hot-seat, Janelle refused to bow to those who'd put her there, and fearlessly mocked them as if she hadn't a care in the world. The most hilarious example was when sister sovereignist Rachel entered and Janelle commented, "Rachel, you're so beautiful," before spotting nerd-herder Maggie and casually added "Maggie, you're such a b*tch."

It was at the most crucial moment in the game, both for her and her alliance, that Janelle would heroically win the next Head of Household competition, and when host Julie Chen asked Janelle who she wished to nominate for eviction, Janelle playfully feigned a moment of deep deliberation before naming the deceitful Jennifer, and then Maggie, the new nerd-herd leader, with Jennifer eventually receiving her well-deserved eviction. The war was on.

Back and forth the struggle raged. When Janelle wasn't HOH, she was winning veto competitions that kept her from being evicted. In time, the Sovereignists were whittled away until Janelle stood alone. But once again winning for herself a life-saving veto, she triumphantly forced the "friendship alliance" to evict one of their own. Indeed, every attempt by the nerd-herd to eliminate this blonde thorn in their sides failed...that is, until one crucial 11th hour competition didn't go her way, and "Jedi-Janie" became the last evictee. Maggie would win the $500,000.

Then the "All Star" seventh season rolled around giving Janelle another shot at that top prize, and initially, things went very well for Janie and her "Season 6 Alliance". They dominated in the first few weeks, sending home with impressive speed such past "BB" vets as Jase and even better, the icky Alison.

However, thanks in part to some bad quarterbacking by fellow returnee Kayzar and also a certain whiny little mole working within their ranks, the season 6 alliance began to lose power. Soon Janelle found herself in a familiar position: standing alone against a house determined to evict her.

She could never fully depend on the support of her "pals" (the absurdly conceited, extremely oily dermatologist, Will and his servile life-partner, Mike), so Janelle, in yet another impressive display of pluck, athleticism and brains, astonished her competitors as well as elated home viewers by winning numerous competitions to retain her place in the house. Her streak just remarkable, and though she'd come so far and fought so hard, in the end, sadly another late-day challenge didn't go her way and Janelle was evicted just shy of the final two. It was so disheartening to see it happen to her again.

In the final analysis though, money comes and goes, but Janelle may have achieved something much more enduring. For now she's become something of a legend, but not just for winning more challenges than any player in the game's history. When she slapped the smugness off the face of "Chilltown" by evicting Will, the so-called "puppet master" from the house, she also reminded us that this girl is nobody to mess with. Indeed, in the estimation of many, Janelle Pierzina has retained for herself the distinction of being the most astonishing competitor in the history of reality TV.

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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

This is not Big Brother UK!

9/10
Author: jamescritchley71
5 March 2013

Most of these reviews are either really old, referring to earlier seasons, or even referring to the UK version which is not the same at all. It's a whole new game these days.

Big brother UK is mindless pap, where a bunch of people sit around and do almost nothing. It is a popularity contest, and nothing else. Absolute drivel. No strategy, no game, the only drama comes from the personality (or lack) of the house guests.

Big Brother US is awesome. The house guests compete for power and privileges, they scheme and conspire, with the goal of being the last one standing and winning the $500,000 prize.

The format of the show provides loads of drama. There are 3 episodes per week. First, they compete for head of household. The HOH nominates 2 house mates for eviction. Second, 6 of them compete for the power of Veto which allows them to save one of the nominees. The third show is the live vote and eviction, followed immediately by the next HOH competition. The contestants narrate the show and their personal strategies via the diary room.

There is a different "twist" every year, but the game remains the same. Be the last one standing. Trust no one. I love it!

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