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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Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The First 48
The First 48
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Women: Atlanta
The Voice
The Voice
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Cops
Cops
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Real World
The Real World
60 Days In
60 Days In
Love at First Kiss
Love at First Kiss
Toya: A Family Affair
Toya: A Family Affair
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Party Down South
Party Down South
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
College Hill
College Hill
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Tiny & Toya
Tiny & Toya
Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Kingin' with Tyga
Kingin' with Tyga
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Tanked
Tanked
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
The Hills
The Hills
American Pickers
American Pickers
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Chopped
Chopped
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Supernanny
Supernanny
True Life
True Life
Escaping Polygamy
Escaping Polygamy
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home
MasterChef
MasterChef
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
Flex & Shanice
Flex & Shanice
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
House Hunters
House Hunters
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Botched
Botched