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One of the most unique reality programs airing today is CBS' hit Undercover Boss. Unlike most reality shows, this program features different people every episode, and its message is undeniably positive. Because of its distinctive nature, it has gained a moderately-sized, but loyal audience. People love to watch the show because they can relate to the people depicted on it, and they also enjoy the interesting dynamics presented on the program, in which powerful people are made to work at the level of ordinary, average citizens. While some people feel that Undercover Boss may be a bit too formulaic, its formula is a major reason why it has become so popular and so beloved among the American television viewing public.

Originally a hit show in the U.K., the American version of Undercover Boss was first shown to domestic audiences on February 10, 2007. Notably, the premier episode of the program was aired immediately following that year's NFL Super Bowl, meaning that an amazingly large number of people were exposed to the program during its first broadcast. Since then, the show has produced two full seasons, and it is currently in the midst of its third season. Moreover, repeat showings of the program are now being aired on cable network TLC, allowing even more fans to watch the show.

Undercover Boss follows a fairly simple formula in each episode. Typically, a CEO, owner or high-ranking employee of a particular company makes the decision to go undercover among front-line employees of his or her company. This means that they must often wear disguises to shield their identities from the people with whom they will be working. The program depicts the bosses' reactions to doing the work normally reserved for those in lower levels, but it also shows how the bosses relate to their employees in a way that would not be possible if the workers knew the truth. Through this undercover activity, the bosses usually find ways to improve their companies while rewarding those who provide excellent examples as model employees.

Very rarely is there intense drama on Undercover Boss, and this is part of the reason why so many people enjoy watching it. The program is light and heartwarming, and it usually ends with smiles and tears of joy coming from those who have been portrayed throughout the hour. Although it is not the most popular reality show on TV, it is well-liked by a large number of people who prefer their programs to be positive and uplifting.

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Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on CBS
6 Seasons, 78 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • In the sixth season premiere, the president and CEO of True Value hardware store, John Hartmann, goes undercover and is floored by the behavior of one employee.

  • Jeff Platt, CEO of Sky Zone, the world's first indoor trampoline park, goes undercover as a referee for a children's dodgeball game and later struggles to conceal his knowledge of the company during a community event.

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