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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
I Am Cait
I Am Cait
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Party Down South
Party Down South
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Project Runway
Project Runway
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
True Life
True Life
Ink Master
Ink Master
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The First 48
The First 48
The Voice
The Voice
Intervention
Intervention
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Face Off
Face Off
Cops
Cops
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
MasterChef
MasterChef
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Total Divas
Total Divas
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
The Profit
The Profit
MythBusters
MythBusters
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
The Real World
The Real World
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Survivor
Survivor
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Hoarders
Hoarders
Girl Code
Girl Code
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
50 Cent: The Money and The Power
50 Cent: The Money and The Power
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
WWE Tough Enough
WWE Tough Enough
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Botched
Botched
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
America's Most Wanted
America's Most Wanted
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Life of Ryan
Life of Ryan
Below Deck
Below Deck
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Cheaters
Cheaters
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage