I have heard some criticisms about American Inventor, and truth be known I am not sure that it is all that great of a show, but I am captivated by it. I don’t believe that I have missed a single episode, and it was funny to see what some consider what a great invention is. My wife and I can’t wait until we get our hands on a bladder buddy (link is to a video).
Yes, there was some good comedy in the show, and perhaps that is part of why I watched. But the main reason that I started to watch this show was because I love inventions. I, myself, have never invented something, but I have had an idea or two. So, when I heard about this show, I figured I would watch and see.
It is a lot like American Idol, a show that I never seemed to get into. I guess I am just too old, and I don’t have kids old enough to be interested in. But when this is produce by Simon Cowell, you would expect the similarity.
Perhaps the thing that I like best about this show is that for once, we have real American in a “reality” show. These are real people who took a problem and found a solution. Those who made it to the final 12 were people who were looking to move their product along. People who want to make a difference in this world by doing something good and no just by singing, or manipulating a game.
The stories are real, the inventions are real. This show truly puts the “real” in reality.
Some of my favorite inventions from this show were:
Two of these made it to the final four and when the time comes I will probably vote for one or both of those two (you can vote 5 times). I am excited to see how it ends.
Now, I have to admit that there could be some improvements with this show. Sometimes I think that this show is too much about the inventor, and I am more interested in the Invention. I know it is called American Inventor and not invention, but I really am interested in the invention more than the inventor.
However, I have found that I do enjoy the story behind the inventors, but I am tired of watching men cry because they love their invention so much (or because they sacrifice so much for thier invention). I like seeing them do. I like seeing them working on their product and taking it to the next level.
I hope that this show makes it to one more season; because I think it deserves at least that. I know I will be watching.