Reality TV Shows

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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 Voice
The Voice
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Survivor
Survivor
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
True Life
True Life
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Big Brother
Big Brother
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The First 48
The First 48
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Profit
The Profit
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
The Real World
The Real World
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Top Chef
Top Chef
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Project Runway All-Stars
Project Runway All-Stars
Redneck Island
Redneck Island
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Intervention
Intervention
Friendzone
Friendzone
Party Down South
Party Down South
Cops
Cops
Ink Master
Ink Master
The Next Step
The Next Step
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Project Runway
Project Runway
American Idol
American Idol
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
The X Factor
The X Factor
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
The Hills
The Hills
Girl Code
Girl Code
Deion's Family Playbook
Deion's Family Playbook
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Face Off
Face Off
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Cheaters
Cheaters
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
MythBusters
MythBusters
MasterChef
MasterChef
Chopped
Chopped
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
30 For 30
30 For 30
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
The Chew
The Chew
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Growing Up Gotti
Growing Up Gotti
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Gigolos
Gigolos
American Pickers
American Pickers
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
Ax Men
Ax Men
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars