Oprah’s “The Big Give” Reality Show: What Do YOU Think?

Oprah’s Big Give

So what did you think of the premiere of “The Big Give”? Personally, I think it’s a breath of fresh air to see a television show that has a mission of actually helping people. For those of you who missed the show, 10 contestants (I think it’s 10…) battle each other to be crowned “The Biggest Giver (ala The Biggest Loser show?) and the winner will win $1 Million dollars. In the first episode, contestants were partnered and broken into five teams. Each team was presented with worthy cause and challenged to raise as much money and make as big a difference for their cause as possible. At the end of the show, the person who is judged to have made the least difference is sent home packing. The show was sort of a cross between The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser. I’m already a fan and am looking forward to the next episode.

What’s the moral?

While this was just the first episode, I hope the show will deliver more than just inspirational and heartwarming stories to viewers. I was quite disappointed to see that the first one voted off the show was treated like one of Donald Trump’s contestants with a “You’re Fired” type sendoff. The show should tread carefully on this precarious ground or risk doing the opposite of what the show intends to do, inspire giving. One might perceive that only certain types of people are tallented at giving and that it should be left to charities or the “good givers”. In reality, everyone has the ability to make a difference and we should applaud all efforts when people step forward to help another person. Other people have mentioned that people are only giving so that they can win the $1 Million prize. I’m not sure I would make such a leap, however I would say that the biggest givers are those who don’t expect anything in return. If the show is able to demonstrate this, it has the potential to not only entertain, but also inspire good in the world.

What do you think?




4 responses to “Oprah’s “The Big Give” Reality Show: What Do YOU Think?

  1. I enjoyed the show as I think so many times we ask for positive shows that we can watch with our children/family and then people start ripping it to shreads. For those who want to give big I have a challenge on my blog to start with the tax refunds that are coming. I am trying to pass it along to as many people as possible so that we can “give big”.
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

  2. week two was definitely better than week one — I should have been on that show! But what the heck was the guy thinking giving the car to the Friday’s manager — can’t make that stuff up!

  3. does anyone knows if there is any other information about this subject in other languages?

  4. I am inspired by the BIG GIVE. I believe that it has many people getting creative about ways to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Bottom line – it encourages us to use our initiative to change lives!
    I am part of BraveHeart Foundation Inc, and riding the BIG GIVE wave, we have raised well over $100,000.00 which we are taking to New Orleans on April 11th and 12th to work with the St Bernard Project to put at least 10 families back into the homes that were rendered unlivable by Katrina!
    Check out my site for the details, and to add to our efforts!
    I think Oprah has done something very worthy with this show!
    Linda Carol Berry

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