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
Love & Hip Hop
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
American Idol
American Idol
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Party Down South
Party Down South
Cops
Cops
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The First 48
The First 48
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
True Life
True Life
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Profit
The Profit
Total Divas
Total Divas
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Judge Judy
Judge Judy
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Webheads
Webheads
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The Chew
The Chew
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Big Brother
Big Brother
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Redneck Island
Redneck Island
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Survivor
Survivor
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
American Pickers
American Pickers
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
The Voice
The Voice
Top Chef
Top Chef
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Cheaters
Cheaters
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Property Brothers
Property Brothers
Hollywood Medium
Hollywood Medium
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
The Next Step
The Next Step
Ax Men
Ax Men
Miss Universe
Miss Universe
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Face Off
Face Off
The Real World
The Real World
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Sex Sent Me to the ER
Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
MythBusters
MythBusters
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Nightwatch
Nightwatch
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Intervention
Intervention
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
30 For 30
30 For 30
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Trijicon's World of Sports Afield
Trijicon's World of Sports Afield
Khloe & Lamar
Khloe & Lamar
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Child Genius
Child Genius
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
The Prancing Elites Project
The Prancing Elites Project
Are You The One?
Are You The One?