A man who has considered his life to be entirely normal has no idea he is actually the unknowing star of the ultimate reality television show, where every moment of every day of his life is broadcast live to the world. After beginning to suspect that things are not quite what they have always appeared to be, Truman finally comes face-to-face with a larger reality that he could not even have imagined before.
Jerry is hosting a pledge drive for a local PBS station. His grandmother calls in to talk to him about some checks she's written him that bounced. Kramer receives her call, and asks, "You listen to the station, don't you? Don't be a freeloader!" He then announces that Jerry's grandmother, who is on a fixed income, has donated $1,500 to the station. Broadcast television is a pure public good—nonrival, nonexcludable, and with no commercials to fund its programs, relies on voluntary contributions to survive. No wonder it's always on the verge of collapse!