Are You Watching Fly Girls, the New Reality TV Show about Flight Attendants?
Full disclosure. I’m no stranger to reality TV. In fact, I love it. Gimme Gossip Girl, The Hills, and America’s Next Top Model any day of the week over some dry documentary or bad cooking show.
So let’s just say when the CW started running trailers for the new show Fly Girls, I set my DVR to record it immediately. Fly Girls follows five easy-on-the-eyes Virgin America flight attendants as they jet all over…well, the nation. Keep in mind, VA doesn’t fly abroad. And VA is fully embracing the show, complete with a launch party fittingly held at 10,000 feet. Check out this Gadling video. (Guess my invitation to the event got lost in the mail.)
The show is “scripted reality,” meaning it kind of feels real and kind of feels fake. I’ve only caught a few episodes and so far, I’m not loving it. There are some amazing moments. For instance when a guy flirts with one of the girls, her co-attendants quickly dub him her “IFB.” That’s in-flight boyfriend to you. And in the first episode, two of the attendants stop by a party an IFB invited them to and he is so hilariously awkward that I was rolling on the floor.
But most of the moments feel pretty canned and I found myself wishing it had been a real documentary. Instead, they make all five girls live in a house together and the producers are intentionally creating drama between them, which is a letdown. The truth is, I am curious what it’s like to be a flight attendant and jet all over the world. And I’m especially curious to learn what it’s like to be a Virgin America flight attendant because it’s easily my favorite U.S. airline.
Has anyone else seen Fly Girls?
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