Television is a medium for entertainment and education, but it can also provide inspiration and, in some cases, practical help to people who are in need. Here are five shows that have made a positive impact on the lives of others.
This show features CEOs and other high-up executives who take a break from their cushy jobs to work alongside the ordinary employees at the lower ranks of the corporate ladder. The employees think that they are simply welcoming a new hire. The boss identifies employees who are doing an especially good job and rewards them with promotions, salary boosts and special bonuses, often to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
Along with giving millions of Americans a shot at big-time stardom, this show occasionally gives to a number of worthy causes through Idol Gives Back. This inspirational special episode is set up like a telethon and raises millions of dollars that is distributed to designated charities.
The families featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have housing situations that are unbearable for one reason or another. Often, the residents also are people with an inspirational story or an especially challenging burden to bear. The large team of experts descending upon the house transform it into something both practical and beautiful, reflecting the unique tastes of the people who live there. This show has inspired many to try to do the same on a small scale to those in need in their area. Anyone can rent bins for junk removal and transform a room or a home into something better.
While controversial, this TV show really turned the lives around for some people who felt hopeless and insecure. People who are overweight come to this show to receive support and inspiration to live a healthy lifestyle and gain control. The show has empowered many viewers to make lifestyle changes that will make the feel better, and there are many programs available from the show to help others reach their goals.
As in Undercover Boss, a rich person descends into a poor environment in order to gain empathy and understand the plight of those who are not so well-off. In each episode, the millionaire witnesses someone who is working hard but living in poverty, and at the end of the week, he or she donates a significant amount of money for the betterment of that individual and the community at large.
Television may have a bad reputation, but sometimes it truly does make people’s lives better. These are just a few examples of how some shows have changed peoples lives.
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