The show is a record-scratch on the trajectory of a lot of reality TV today that is more shallow and hurtful, than it is deep and meaningful. In Swimming with the Dolphins, the glitz and glamour is grounded and tasteful, the connections are not petty and spiteful, but loyal and supportive. The goal is not fame, but respect, stability, security and the power to self-sustain that comes with it. This is a new image of success. And it won’t be austere, it couldn’t be, because The Dolphin’s aren’t. Instead, there will always be a sense of fun, teasing, and making light of some of life’s hardest moments: losing when you thought you would win, or watching a family member fight to reclaim the person they once were. They want to see each other win. And that’s all that counts.