A few months ago, I wrote that shows about the fat, the rich, and the fertile seemed to be taking over reality TV. Now there's a fourth trend to add to the never-ending pool of creepy-reality-show premises: little people. It's true, TLC began airing Little People, Big World three years (and EIGHT seasons) ago—but it seems the rest of the touchy-feely outlier networks are starting to catch up. This week, the Discovery Health Channel is airing two separate documentaries about little people: "Little Parents, First Baby" on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and "Dwarf Adoption Story" on Thursday at 8 p.m. Then there's the "Science of Dwarfism" special on the National Geographic channel, airing next on Saturday at 1 p.m. And let's not forget about TLC's other little people show, The Little Couple.
I'm all for educating the masses about the little person experience—which I'm sure is the purpose of much of this programming—but it all seems a little gratuitous and weird to me. Kinda like the big (corporate) people are exploiting the little people for the sake of sensationalism.
What do you think?