- Kitchen Nightmares
- The Dogwhisperer
What's the value? You can learn, if you watch these, how an expert views success in these areas. You can learn what failure looks like. These are basically drama-souped-up training videos in the area, except rather than teaching you what an introductory text would teach you, they teach you how the expert thinks about the problem. Expert problem-solving is one of the most useful and difficult to transmit information available in human culture, and these should be valued far beyond what they are. They are, of course, limited because of the fact that they rely upon a single expert, and they look for the most dramatic failure, not the most varied. But I don't know of anything comparable but better.
So: do you know other examples?