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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Cops
Cops
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Women: Atlanta
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Chasing Cameron
Chasing Cameron
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
A Haunting
A Haunting
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Voice
The Voice
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
The First 48
The First 48
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The Next Step
The Next Step
This Old House
This Old House
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Party Down South
Party Down South
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
The Real World
The Real World
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
Tanked
Tanked
Little Women: Dallas
Little Women: Dallas
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Rica Famosa Latina
Rica Famosa Latina
West Coast Customs
West Coast Customs
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Paranormal Lockdown
Paranormal Lockdown
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Judge Faith
Judge Faith
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Big Brother
Big Brother
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Wife Swap
Wife Swap
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Rob & Chyna
Rob & Chyna
Murder Made Me Famous
Murder Made Me Famous
30 For 30
30 For 30
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Ice Pilots
Ice Pilots
Total Divas
Total Divas
True Life
True Life
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Project Runway
Project Runway
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Counting On
Counting On
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Outdaughtered
Outdaughtered
Scream Queens (2008)
Scream Queens (2008)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Leave It to Stevie
Leave It to Stevie
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Top Chef
Top Chef
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Alone
Alone
Real Chance of Love
Real Chance of Love
60 Days In
60 Days In
World's Strictest Parents
World's Strictest Parents