By Karina Kinik
Depending on whom you ask, reality TV is either one of the best or worst things to conquer the channels. (We happen to think it’s both.)
There’s no denying its prime time appeal, thanks to our culture’s insatiable appetite for personal stories that run the gamut from unknown-underdog-gets-the-well-deserved-limelight to two-bit-celebrity-implodes-on-air. But if you steer clear of shows that wallow in sleaze and self-promotional stunts (anything with a Kardashian, “real housewife,” or denizen of the Jersey Shore or Laguna Beach, for starters), you'll find programming with — gasp! — substance. Here are eight picks that skip the crudeness, conniving, and (for the most part) controversy for more civilized entertainment.
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