The provocative drama UnREAL gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of the hit dating competition program Everlasting. UnREAL is led by a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with and among the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King, demands. What ensues is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and producing it is a whole other reality.
“There’s nothing ‘sexy’ about the shadow world of reality TV because all the ‘sexy’ is on screen. Instead, the world behind the camera is one of lies, deceit and grandstanding manipulation, and it’s hard to portray that world with characters the audience can also sympathize with… and that’s where UnREAL succeeds brilliantly.” — Merrill Barr, Forbes
“Rather, UnREAL uses that access as a tool to ask questions about these sorts of programs: not just about how they operate — savagely, if its stories are to be believed — but also why participants on both sides of the camera subject themselves to them. [...] UnREAL is a close and sometimes frustrating study of women tearing other women down, for reasons that defy articulation.”— Jon Caramanica, The New York Times
“Strictly as a well-produced drama, though, UnReal looks like the real deal. So in the parlance of the genre that it parodies, the series deserves to be allowed to continue on its journey for at least a while longer.”— Brian Lowry, Variety
“But sometimes that dream world seems like it's actually happening, and a great little show emerges from whence you least expect. Like Lifetime's new scripted drama UnREAL. [...] But here comes UnREAL, and suddenly Lifetime — Lifetime! — has one of the most aggressively interesting dramas in recent memory.”— Margaret Lyons, Vulture