Well, without any background to the game, there is a certain level of absurdity in winning/losing hundred of thousands of dollars in a single hand. I mean, the sort of money they are pushing around there in a typical hand of TV poker is in the neighborhood of what an average person earns in a year working a 9-5 (and in many cases much much more). Would you risk an entire year's salary or your life savings on a single hand, even if you were an 80/20 favorite? Unless you are a complete degen, the correct answer is no.
I mean, taken out of context, people bitch and complain about sports stars making millions of dollars when all they do is "shoot a ball through a hoop". It's the same deal with these high stakes poker games
because if people don't understand the context as to why they are able to make so much money then they just see it as ridiculous frivolity.
I would suggest starting a small stakes home game with your friends and they will soon see the lure of poker. It will also be enormously +ev for you in terms of bankroll as well as in fun. You will be sharing something you love with your friends which they may take to and eventually be able to enjoy watching high stakes games on TV and analyzing play together, or having a regular home game or a casino trip.