Reality TV Shows

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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
Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Party Down South
Party Down South
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The Voice
The Voice
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The X Factor
The X Factor
The First 48
The First 48
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
True Life
True Life
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
Survivor
Survivor
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
MasterChef
MasterChef
Cops
Cops
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Project Runway
Project Runway
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
30 For 30
30 For 30
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
The Real World
The Real World
The Next Food Network Star
The Next Food Network Star
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Celebrity Wife Swap
Celebrity Wife Swap
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The Hills
The Hills
Friendzone
Friendzone
Hotel Hell
Hotel Hell
Intervention
Intervention
Total Divas
Total Divas
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
MythBusters
MythBusters
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Rock of Love
Rock of Love
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Gigolos
Gigolos
Chopped
Chopped
Face Off
Face Off
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Our America with Lisa Ling
Our America with Lisa Ling
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
American Idol
American Idol
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Ink Master
Ink Master
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Wipeout
Wipeout
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Cheaters
Cheaters
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
Hollywood Exes
Hollywood Exes
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta