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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.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on CBS
8 Seasons, 112 Episodes
February 7, 2010
Reality
5.9/10
Cast: Mark Keller
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  • Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson goes under cover at public cooking class, a culinary institute, a high-end food truck and a soup kitchen to find and mentor new culinary talent.

  • Grammy Award-winning musician Darius Rucker, former lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish turned country music superstar, travels to Austin, Texas on an undercover journey to discover the next great musical acts. During his time undercover, Darius runs an open mic night, works as a roadie, and strolls along Austin's famous Sixth Street in search of standout street performers.

  • John Carona, founder and CEO of Associa, the leader in community association management for more than 37 years that oversees the day-to-day operations of over 9,000 HOAs and condominiums and protects the property value of 5 million owners' homes, goes undercover to meet the employees who keep his company's foundation strong.

  • Michael Roper, president and CEO of Taco Bueno, a high quality Tex-Mex chain founded in Abilene, Texas in 1967, with more than 175 restaurants, goes undercover to be certain everything at his company is "bueno."

  • The owner of the world's largest independent and privately owned specialty coffee and tea retailers goes undercover to meet some of the employees who keeps his company brewing.

  • Jeff Dudan, CEO and Founder of AdvantaClean, a company that helps make homes clean, safe, healthy and energy efficient goes undercover at a client's home to tackle masses of mold.

  • Renee Maloney, co-founder and CFO of Painting with a Twist, goes undercover to meet the people who are making the company a work of art.

  • Greg Scott, CEO of New York & Company, a women's fashion retailer goes undercover to get to know some of the employees who keeps his company current.

  • The CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop goes under cover to get acquainted with her employees.

  • David Seelinger, Chairman and CEO of EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, labors undercover at his luxury transportation business.

  • Season 7 concludes with AdvantaClean CEO Jeff Dudan working undercover at his light environmental services business.

  • Lowell Hawthorne, President and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, goes undercover at the family-owned manufacturer, distributor and franchisor of Caribbean-inspired cuisine with 120 sites and items in 20,000 grocery stores, and learns some of the chefs are lacking some of the company's official recipes.

  • Dan Duffy, the CEO of United Real Estate Group, goes undercover as a real estate agent, land appraisal specialist, interior decorator and auctioneer.

  • Identical twin brothers Ashley and Brandon Wright, co-owners of Hamburger Mary's, a flamboyant chain of LGBT-friendly food establishments that serve gourmet burgers and cocktails as well as drag shows and nightly entertainment, each labor covertly as the other views via a live video feed.

  • Greg Adler, President and CEO of 4 Wheel Parts, goes undercover to get acquainted with the people that run his business.

  • Bryon Stephens, President and COO of Marco's Pizza, goes undercover to get acquainted with his employees.

  • The Principal and CEO of 14 chic hotel bar and restaurant venues goes undercover to rub shoulders with his employees who keep the party going.

  • Jeffrey S. Young, co-owner of YESCO, a custom electric sign company that fabricates, installs and provides service for signs, electronic display systems and lighting, goes undercover and must face his fear of heights when tasked with changing a light high above downtown Chicago.

  • The new chairman of Muscle Maker Grill goes undercover and is fed commentary from the founder of the company who's watching via a live video feed.

  • Shoppers World CEO, Sam Dushey, goes undercover to his discount stores and finds one store without security where people are shoplifting a lot of things.

  • Shawnon Bellah, Crest Foods CEO, works covertly at the Nestle Toll House Cafe and can't keep up with her own customer service requisites.

  • Buffalo Wings & Rings CEO Nader Masadeh goes under cover to check on his restaurants and is confronted by an angry manager.

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