Reality TV Shows

About Reality

Reality TV arose as a named genre of programming in the 1990s with the introduction of a number of series that featured the unscripted interactions of ordinary people, as opposed to actors or celebrities. Early reality series were a unique form, but the genre has expanded to include shows that infuse other genres-game shows, documentaries, etc.-with unscripted elements.

The earliest reality series were ground-breaking in that they stepped outside the conventions of traditional programming in an attempt to focus on the real lives of their characters. MTV's The Real World, arguably the first modern American reality series, featured a group of non-actor young people living together in a house; the group's daily activities were filmed via cameras scattered throughout the house, and there was no script or plan for how the events in the house would play out.

Very quickly, aspects of reality TV were adopted into other types of shows. Survivor merged reality TV with the game-show genre; participants in the show were engaged in a competition, but their interactions were filmed and presented in manner that emphasized the unscripted drama between them. This hybrid reality-game show became a very popular subgenre, and it eventually encompassed a wide range of competitions, including those involving music, dance, cooking and weight loss.

The reality formula eventually evolved to include unscripted shows that claimed to present the every-day lives of celebrities. Other reality series followed the professional-and, to a certain degree, personal-lives of ordinary people such as police officers, fishermen or others in hazardous occupations. The reality genre also sometimes connects itself with fiction genres, as in paranormal-investigation series, where real-life investigators go about their business and the show attempts to use their activities to generate suspense.

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The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Big Brother
Big Brother
I Am Cait
I Am Cait
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
True Life
True Life
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
The Voice
The Voice
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Intervention
Intervention
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
Ink Master
Ink Master
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Party Down South
Party Down South
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
MasterChef
MasterChef
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
The First 48
The First 48
WWE Tough Enough
WWE Tough Enough
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
The Profit
The Profit
Project Runway
Project Runway
Cops
Cops
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Total Divas
Total Divas
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Food Network Star
Food Network Star
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Survivor
Survivor
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
MythBusters
MythBusters
Parental Control
Parental Control
Face Off
Face Off
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
Friendzone
Friendzone
Hoarders
Hoarders
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Naked Dating
Naked Dating
Fat Guys in the Woods
Fat Guys in the Woods
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
The Real World
The Real World
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Gigolos
Gigolos
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Botched
Botched
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
BattleBots
BattleBots
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect
Run's House
Run's House
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Girl Code
Girl Code
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Warren the Ape
Warren the Ape
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Preachers' Daughters
Preachers' Daughters
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol