I only watch Pawn Stars, mostly since its based in Vegas, and Vegas is awesome. I watched an episode of Auction Hunters but didn't care about it at all. I've watched a few eps of Antiques Road Show basically when nothing else was on.
Not all reality TV is like that. Most of reality existed under one original genre: Documentaries.
I actually kinda like all the antique and auction reality shows, particularly "Hollywood Treasures" and "Oddities". It's interesting to see what people bring in.
I've gotten into this Gold Rush show on Discovery (because I was stuck at home sick one night when they played the whole first season). It's related to this thread because it's basically the worst form of desperate gambling (which has apparently replaced all industry). These down and out middle-class men drop everything to try to make their fortune in Alaska/Yukon Territory. It's ridiculous.
I basically don't watch much other than the public channel. American TV is just there to placate the masses. But the pubclic channel has nothing but NHK, DW-TV, and science lectures. It's awesome.
I do love the era of digital television bringing us more options. I live in an area overlapped by two public broadcasters. There are a total of six channels with four in English now instead of just two (why don't commercial broadcasters bring us more content, btw?). Of those, one channel is nothing but foreign news broadcasts. It's a great relief to see that somewhere in the world the news consists of reports of actual events. I love Al Jazeera. It's just calmly-stated straight news with zero bullshit. CNN seems to be nothing but reading tweets these days.
RT is pretty decent as long as they don't talk about Russia. But really most national media is like that. BBC is great if not talking about Britain, etc.
I've never seen a Al Jazeera or Russia Times broadcast.
NHK is very very unbiased. However it us painfully obvious that their "interviews" are scripted and per-rehearsed. DW-TW seems to only talk about money. But it's from Germany to maybe that is the only thing on German peoples minds atm.