New for 2020 Netflix has added a reality show that makes Big Brother look Old School in comparison!
Yes, yes, reality TV is terrible and we shouldn't encourage it *eye roll* but Big Brother has been a summer staple in this house for years but I think The Circle just became our new reality #MustWatch.
Just like Big Brother these "guests" are on Camera 24/7 (although there are no live feeds - this is all pre-recorded and obviously edited for viewing entertainment), but the big twist here is that The Circle is basically played in a Social Media app! There are no actual conversations, no seeing who you are talking to, everything is done via "The Circle" leaving text messages, status updates, and profile pictures to be interpreted - and we all know how THAT can go!
Just like with real social media, the guests get to choose what they want to represent to the other players, and they can be as honest, or as fake as they want! Some players are literally in there deliberately catfishing all in the hope that they will become the ultimate influencer and win $100K. There are group chats, private messages, and my favorite - The Circle Games! "Shooby will take random Blue Eyed stars for the win!"
I think what makes this so addicting is that you KNOW that there are people on Facebook playing this exact game in real life RIGHT NOW! So many communications are just messages in an app that being real has almost become an optional commodity.
With new episodes dropping weekly, unlike regularly scheduled Netflixing, not all episodes are available yet. We don't know who will eventually be crowned the "Ultimate Influencer", but this journey is one that is way more entertaining than I expected.
If you like Big Brother, you will LOVE this! If you aren't a reality show fan I would still say check this out anyway JUST because if you are on Social Media - which if you are reading this you must be - It's like a dose of Facebook on the big screen - with all the drama that comes with it!
The Circle is currently streaming on Netflix (US). New epsiodes every Wednesday. Let me know if you are watching - or going to watch - You know this is going to be a topic on the next Facebook Live!