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Me @ the Zoo explores this can’t-look-away phenomenon, which has turned us into a nation of obsessive video-makers and video-watchers. Crocker, however, is the ne plus ultra, defining himself by views and likes. The documentary ferrets out the sad elements of his story, including his travails as a bullied transgender kid in small-town Tennessee. But it also acknowledges the inspiring element — his ability to find a supportive community on the internet that he could never have found at home.
I have to give Crocker credit for one memorable line. Comparing himself to Paris Hilton, who’s famous for being famous, he observes, “I’m the first person to be famous for not being famous.”

Miss Advised (9pm Mon, Bravo)

Bravo’s new reality series rolls out yet another group of shameless narcissists. It introduces us to three single relationship experts: matchmaker Amy, radio host Emily, and columnist Julia. Each one offers the public a strict set of romantic rules but — are you ready for the high concept? — doesn’t take her own advice. Amy, for example, breaks her rule about cutting off contact with old boyfriends; Julia dates a guy who fits none of her 73 criteria for a future husband.

As a critic with high standards, I suggest that you spend your time on a TV show with more socially redeeming value. But I doubt if I’ll take my own advice. Miss Advised is a trashy good time.

Barter Kings (8pm Tue, A&E)

This new reality series follows two savvy dealmakers who run a trading post in the Mojave Desert. Steve and Antonio specialize in making a series of trades that bump them up from a modest item to a very valuable one. For example, Antonio trades a $700 laptop for a bass amp; then the bass amp for an all-terrain vehicle; then the all-terrain vehicle for a $10,000 truck.

How do they come away with a $9,300 profit? Basically, by ripping off the burly, tattooed men in their community, then cackling about it afterwards on camera. After the series airs, I recommend that Steve and Antonio take a long cross-country trip to the East Coast in their $10,000 truck, lest they get the tar beaten out of them by neighbors who happen to see themselves getting fleeced on TV.

Barter Kings is a fun concept, but it lacks the strong personalities of the best reality series. If I were A&E, I’d trade it for a decent dating series, then a promising home design competition, and finally an excellent cooking show.

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