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
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
The Voice
The Voice
Big Brother
Big Brother
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
True Life
True Life
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Survivor
Survivor
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Party Down South
Party Down South
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Intervention
Intervention
The Profit
The Profit
Ink Master
Ink Master
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The First 48
The First 48
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
Botched
Botched
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
MasterChef
MasterChef
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Girl Code
Girl Code
Top Chef
Top Chef
Cops
Cops
The Real World
The Real World
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
The Next Food Network Star
The Next Food Network Star
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
American Idol
American Idol
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
American Pickers
American Pickers
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
Chopped
Chopped
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
Face Off
Face Off
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Project Runway
Project Runway
Gigolos
Gigolos
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Wipeout
Wipeout
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Tanked
Tanked
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Swamp People
Swamp People