Some tv shows aren't that inspiring. I'm thinking of reality shows like Hoarders, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, Pawnathon, American Pickers, and now Canadian Pickers (I'm just hoping the Pickers shows stop proliferating before we get to Nose Pickers. Although My Strange Addiction already exists so that topic could be covered there). These are just ones that I've watched. I doubt that Big Brother, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and Swamp People really lift one's sights to higher levels either. Maybe I'm wrong.
One show that would also fall into the reality tv category I suppose, to the extent that any show on tv depicts reality, is So You Think You Can Dance. Happily, I find this show inspiring.
On this show, young dancers perform many dance routines in familiar and very unfamiliar genres with the hope of progressing to the end of the show's run and, ideally, being judged the best dancer. I find it unfortunate that it is a competition, as they are all wonderful dancers, but I suppose this motivates them to try their absolute best. And as I watch them in their pursuits of excellence, I am inspired to try my absolute best too. I expect that other viewers are also so inspired. I believe this is a positive thing.
For me, I will not be pursuing excellence in dancing. That's never really been an option for me. My passion is for writing and when I see those kids giving everything they have to their dancing, I want to give so much of what I have to writing. They help me understand what it means to love something. I am grateful for that show.
Maybe people find inspiration in some of the other shows on tv. Maybe they provide relaxation and enjoyment. Those things are good too. For me, I don't get a lot out of them and I don't want to spend time watching. But I will watch something that inspires me, that makes me want to do more, to dig deeper, to be better at what I love to do. I find that a good use of time.