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
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Survivor
Survivor
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
American Idol
American Idol
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real World
The Real World
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
The X Factor
The X Factor
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Are You The One
Are You The One
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
The Profit
The Profit
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Gigolos
Gigolos
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The First 48
The First 48
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Party Down South
Party Down South
Big Brother
Big Brother
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Hoarders
Hoarders
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Ink Master
Ink Master
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
Preachers' Daughters
Preachers' Daughters
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Chew
The Chew
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Giuliana & Bill
Giuliana & Bill
Face Off
Face Off
Total Divas
Total Divas
Intervention
Intervention
Project Runway
Project Runway
Sell This House
Sell This House
This Old House
This Old House
True Life
True Life
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Million Dollar Listing New York
Million Dollar Listing New York
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Cheaters
Cheaters
WWE NXT
WWE NXT
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Parking Wars
Parking Wars
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Flipping Vegas
Flipping Vegas
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Cops
Cops
Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Rock of Love
Rock of Love
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
Swamp People
Swamp People
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Ax Men
Ax Men
Billy the Exterminator
Billy the Exterminator
I Love New York
I Love New York
Under the Gunn
Under the Gunn