Smile, You’re on Jury Duty!
First Came Candid Camera. Then The Truman Show. Now, a New Swath of TV Speaks to 21st-Century Voyeurism
Since The Truman Show premiered 25 years ago this summer, the premise—about a man unaware his entire life has been a reality TV program—has gone from thought experiment to reality.
Jury Duty, which recently debuted on Amazon Freevee, is the most recent example. The docu-style show follows a group of jurors through a civil trial. The process looks and feels real, but everything, from the judge to the jurors to the case itself, is fictional with the exception of one “juror,” a likable 29-year-old contractor from San Diego named Ronald.
What I …