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 Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Party Down South
Party Down South
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Voice
The Voice
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
The First 48
The First 48
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
The X Factor
The X Factor
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
True Life
True Life
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Survivor
Survivor
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
MasterChef
MasterChef
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Real World
The Real World
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Project Runway
Project Runway
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
The Next Food Network Star
The Next Food Network Star
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Cops
Cops
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
Total Divas
Total Divas
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Friendzone
Friendzone
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Hollywood Exes
Hollywood Exes
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
American Idol
American Idol
Marrying The Game
Marrying The Game
MythBusters
MythBusters
Cheaters
Cheaters
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
The Hills
The Hills
Gigolos
Gigolos
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Hoarders
Hoarders
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Chopped
Chopped
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Ink Master
Ink Master
Run's House
Run's House
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
The Profit
The Profit
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Intervention
Intervention
Wipeout
Wipeout
Our America with Lisa Ling
Our America with Lisa Ling
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
DC Cupcakes
DC Cupcakes
R&B Divas
R&B Divas
Miss USA
Miss USA
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Giuliana & Bill
Giuliana & Bill