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
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Voice
The Voice
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
The Real World
The Real World
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
The First 48
The First 48
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
30 For 30
30 For 30
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Cops
Cops
Botched
Botched
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
60 Days In
60 Days In
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Party Down South
Party Down South
Big Brother
Big Brother
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Ink Master
Ink Master
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
The Watch
The Watch
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
The Chew
The Chew
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Cheaters
Cheaters
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
American Pickers
American Pickers
Thicker Than Water
Thicker Than Water
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss
The Next Step
The Next Step
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Bridezillas
Bridezillas
True Life
True Life
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
This Old House
This Old House
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Khloe & Lamar
Khloe & Lamar
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
The Last Alaskans
The Last Alaskans
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
College Hill
College Hill
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Intervention
Intervention
The Hills
The Hills
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
The Dude Perfect Show
The Dude Perfect Show
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Tell Me You Love Me
Tell Me You Love Me
Divorce Court
Divorce Court
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Four In A Bed
Four In A Bed
Alone
Alone