Friday, March 27, 2020

Big Brother Canada is ending early - what to watch now while we are all on lockdown?

So.....  Big Brother Canada and other Big Brother's stopped very suddenly thanks to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  First my wishes that everyone is safe ans well.  Second what can you watch now?

I bring you a mostly repeat of a post I made after Big Brother 19.  With a couple new suggestions (scroll to the end - hint "O") this post holds up VERY well.  Best of all ANYONE can watch these - no subscriptions required.

 Here are some shows on YouTube you can check out.  I've watched them all and feel they are worth your time if you enjoyed Big Brother.

Big Brother Australia.  The kinder, friendlier version of Big Brother with the 'normal' rules as opposed to the Survivor style rules BBUSA put in effect after season one.  After a brief hiatus, Big Brother Australia came back in 2012 with 3 seasons.  Many consider 2012 to be the best followed by 2013 and then 2014.  I personally liked 2013 the best.  Important!!! If you want to watch all three  you should start with 2012 as there are spoilers as to who won previous season in the latter ones.  As of today my youtube playlists for 2012 and 2013 are complete - but over time accounts get suspended so I will likely have to fix some (Just re-fixed 2014 again!).

Big Brother AU 2012 (85 Videos):


Big Brother AU 2013 (98 Videos):


Big Brother AU 2014 (56 Videos - fixing now!!):



The Glass House (2012): ABC brought us The Glass House in 2012 and it ran from June to August.  They had free "Live Feeds" but the times were limited.  The winner took home $250k.  Its only 10 episodes so if you have the time and are looking for something that is Big Brother like - then check it out!




The Joe Schmo Show (2003): I wish I could link you to this show but its not on any streaming service and there is only the following brief clip on YouTube.  If you've never seen it you should. The premise is everyone except "Joe Schmo" is on on the act - its a fake reality show with lot of goofs on Survivor and Big Brother (The Bachelor got the treatment on Season 2).   The most famous cast member is probably Kristen Wiig, unknown (to me) at the time.  If you want a treat - buy the DVD and enjoy.  Get Season 1 - Season 2 is ok but 1 is the gold standard.  The clip below is from one of the fake evictions.








Space Cadets (UK 2005): Space Cadets was a 2005 "Reality" show that aired in the UK. Being from the USA I would call it a cross between Joe Schmo and Big Brother (Big Brother because of the camera work and diary room type entries). The premise is they FAKE a shuttle launch. I kid you not - they manage to fool several people into believing they are on a real shuttle.  Its not a 'great' show but I enjoyed it


The new additions......

All of the above are on YouTube and you should be able to watch them without issue.  However there was a new show that popped up last year called "The Circle" and it was all the rage.  So much so that Netflix bought the rights to the US version and had both seasons of the UK version removed from YouTube.  I have tracked down online copies via BMX-TV but be forewarned, they may not work on mobile devices (I tested them on my PC) and you MUST use an ad-blocker or you'll be inundated with popups (I use AdBlock in Chrome)! As with Big Brother Australia you should watch Season 1 first because the winner of Season 1 is shown on Season 2.

Circle Season 1
Circle Season 2

Is there anything you'd suggest folks check out??