The issue of how dumb the creators imagine the audience to be is among the most sensitive and crucial concerns in television and art in general. When producers of high-brow films and music acts are pressured by fat cat, cigar smoking studio execs to see if a given scene can be made more "accessible" to the “mainstream" they know they're in trouble. Big trouble. 

The reason is that there's almost a dark side to appealing to the lowest common denominator, and it's not just the death of truth, beauty and creative expression.  Sometimes it can mean REAL death.  Don't believe us? Check out these wild examples of reality tv productions with super dark downsides.

It turns out that quick and low-cost television productions can have a sinister side! Here are some of the most egregious examples of reality program reality. So scroll down for some wild stories of reality tv show anecdotes you will not believe.

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