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
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Big Brother
Big Brother
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Sex With Sunny Megatron
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The First 48
The First 48
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
Tanked
Tanked
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
The Real World
The Real World
30 For 30
30 For 30
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Cops
Cops
The Voice
The Voice
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Ghosts of Shepherdstown
Ghosts of Shepherdstown
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
The Next Step
The Next Step
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Food Network Star
Food Network Star
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
BattleBots
BattleBots
MasterChef
MasterChef
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Party Down South
Party Down South
College Hill
College Hill
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Women: Atlanta
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Supernanny
Supernanny
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
The Watch
The Watch
True Life
True Life
Botched
Botched
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
Cheaters
Cheaters
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Hills
The Hills
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Alone
Alone
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Sisterhood of Hip Hop
Sisterhood of Hip Hop
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
This is Mike Stud
This is Mike Stud
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
Escaping Polygamy
Escaping Polygamy
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
World's Strictest Parents
World's Strictest Parents
Below Deck
Below Deck
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Extreme Cheapskates
Extreme Cheapskates