• UnReal, starring (left to right) Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, comes to SBS 2 in February. (SBS)Source: SBS
Fans and foes of The Bachelor rejoice!
By
Jeremy Cassar

27 Jan 2016 - 9:44 AM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2016 - 10:00 AM

UnReal - the unapologetic comedy/drama about reality TV’s underbelly – is on its way to SBS 2 and there’s something in it for everyone.

Before you do the following…

Hear me out.

Whether you cheered or jeered at Sam and Snezana or have no earthly idea what the hell I’m on about, watching season one of UnReal could end up chewing into your weekend plans and then some. Every episode throws us over a cliff, and the only way to climb back up is to watch the next one.

The gist:

Rachel Goldberg, prodigious producer of dating show Everlasting, returns to set on the first day of a new season after an on-air meltdown. Teaming up with her friend/foe/mother-figure, the two set out to connive and manipulate their way to the best season yet.

Standing in her way are both emotionally messy and ruthlessly fame-hungry contestants, two love interests, and a mother who makes her feel as if the only reason she’s good at her job is because she lacks empathy.

Clever, relevant and almost criminally entertaining, this Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby-starring series takes on modern notions of love and scrutinises gender roles without a lecture-y tone.

It’s molasses-black satire delivered in a light and fluffy style that provides surprise after surprise.

Also, everyone in it is really attractive.

UnReal premieres Monday 22 February at 8:30pm (AEDT) on SBS 2.