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
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
American Idol
American Idol
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Party Down South
Party Down South
Survivor
Survivor
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
The Real World
The Real World
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
The First 48
The First 48
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
True Life
True Life
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Intervention
Intervention
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
Face Off
Face Off
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Cops
Cops
Big Brother
Big Brother
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Project Runway
Project Runway
50 Cent: The Money and The Power
50 Cent: The Money and The Power
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Preachers of Detroit
Preachers of Detroit
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Preachers' Daughters
Preachers' Daughters
MythBusters
MythBusters
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Cheaters
Cheaters
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
30 For 30
30 For 30
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
The Chew
The Chew
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Total Divas
Total Divas
Chopped
Chopped
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Rock of Love
Rock of Love
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The Next Step
The Next Step
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
King of the Nerds
King of the Nerds
Girl Code
Girl Code
Parental Control
Parental Control
Ink Master
Ink Master
America's Most Wanted
America's Most Wanted
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Swamp People
Swamp People
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Married At First Sight: The First Year
Married At First Sight: The First Year
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Gigolos
Gigolos
The X Factor
The X Factor
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Property Brothers
Property Brothers
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Hills
The Hills
Friendzone
Friendzone
Appalachian Outlaws
Appalachian Outlaws
Keyshia Cole: All In
Keyshia Cole: All In
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Quiero Mis Quinces
Quiero Mis Quinces
Hoarders
Hoarders
The Big Break
The Big Break
Repeat After Me
Repeat After Me
What Not To Wear
What Not To Wear
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
The Profit
The Profit
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Tanked
Tanked
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Four In A Bed
Four In A Bed
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
The Glee Project
The Glee Project
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Tia & Tamera
Tia & Tamera
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
Ax Men
Ax Men
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
In An Instant
In An Instant
Web of Lies
Web of Lies
My Cat From Hell
My Cat From Hell
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
The Legend of Mick Dodge
The Legend of Mick Dodge
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
Tool Academy
Tool Academy
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Punk'd
Punk'd
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
American Pickers
American Pickers
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Top Chef
Top Chef
Made
Made
Run's House
Run's House
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Donnie Loves Jenny
Donnie Loves Jenny
Caught in the Act
Caught in the Act
Fight Girls
Fight Girls
It's a Mann's World
It's a Mann's World
Ice Cold Gold
Ice Cold Gold
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Hot Bench
Hot Bench
Wizard Wars
Wizard Wars
Nightwatch
Nightwatch
Bluestone 42
Bluestone 42
This Old House
This Old House
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Project Runway All-Stars
Project Runway All-Stars
Dog Whisperer
Dog Whisperer
My Fair Wedding
My Fair Wedding
Deadliest Warrior
Deadliest Warrior
Naked Dating
Naked Dating
My Big Redneck Family
My Big Redneck Family
Wahlburgers
Wahlburgers
I Want That
I Want That
Destination Truth
Destination Truth
A Haunting
A Haunting
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Obsession: Dark Desires
Obsession: Dark Desires
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
College Hill
College Hill
Miss Universe
Miss Universe
Fat Guys in the Woods
Fat Guys in the Woods
Baldwin Hills
Baldwin Hills