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
Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
30 For 30
30 For 30
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The First 48
The First 48
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
The Voice
The Voice
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
The Real World
The Real World
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Cops
Cops
The Chew
The Chew
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
The Watch
The Watch
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Next Step
The Next Step
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Cheaters
Cheaters
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Party Down South
Party Down South
The Dude Perfect Show
The Dude Perfect Show
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Tanked
Tanked
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
What Not To Wear
What Not To Wear
Miss USA
Miss USA
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
MasterChef
MasterChef
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
College Hill
College Hill
My Cat From Hell
My Cat From Hell
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
True Life
True Life
Food Network Star
Food Network Star
Match Made In Heaven
Match Made In Heaven
Alone
Alone
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Supernanny
Supernanny
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Botched
Botched
American Pickers
American Pickers
Chopped
Chopped
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Real Chance of Love
Real Chance of Love
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Bridezillas
Bridezillas
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot