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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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
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Party Down South
Party Down South
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
The Voice
The Voice
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Project Runway
Project Runway
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The First 48
The First 48
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing
The X Factor
The X Factor
The Hills
The Hills
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Cops
Cops
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
True Life
True Life
Survivor
Survivor
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
MasterChef
MasterChef
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Cheaters
Cheaters
Total Divas
Total Divas
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
MythBusters
MythBusters
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
Face Off
Face Off
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Botched
Botched
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
The Real World
The Real World
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Hoarders
Hoarders
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Friendzone
Friendzone
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Intervention
Intervention
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Hotel Hell
Hotel Hell
Billy the Exterminator
Billy the Exterminator
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Chopped
Chopped
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Parking Wars
Parking Wars
Below Deck
Below Deck
Making the Band 4
Making the Band 4