I sure hope you didn't get up in the middle of the night to read this. Pediatricians, child therapists, and some of the stodgier flavors of child development experts think that those nannies on reality TV are sometimes not that realistic. And those families! They're pretty atypical, too, now that you (i.e., a NY Times reporter) bring it up.
From the five minutes I've seen of those nanny shows, their hapless parents, shrill nanny/harpies, and gullible, quick-fix-craving audiences all deserve each other. But what really bugs is the idea of whiny, upstaged expert milquetoasts who "don't like labeling" and think the nannies are "mean". At least I can take comfort knowing they have to endure jealousy-fanning "Supernanny" conversations at every cocktail party they go to.