Pretty Much Pop #171: The Traitors – A Multi-National Reality Game Show Phenom

Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al discuss the American version, and to a lesser extent the British and Australian versions, of this reality game show that originated in 2021 in the Netherlands, based on the party game Mafia (aka Werewolf), plus Survivor-like challenges and a gothic tone.

How does such a simple (stupid?) concept end up creating compelling TV? Are we cruel for liking this show? Is it better suited to hardened reality game show players (as with the current U.S. season 2), or with normal people? What’s the role of the host, and is Alan Cumming the best possible one? How does this relate to other reality shows?

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