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 Voice
The Voice
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Survivor
Survivor
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Big Brother
Big Brother
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The X Factor
The X Factor
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The First 48
The First 48
Ink Master
Ink Master
Project Runway
Project Runway
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
True Life
True Life
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Cops
Cops
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Total Divas
Total Divas
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Face Off
Face Off
Intervention
Intervention
Below Deck
Below Deck
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Cheaters
Cheaters
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
MythBusters
MythBusters
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The Chew
The Chew
The Profit
The Profit
30 For 30
30 For 30
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Hoarders
Hoarders
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Chopped
Chopped
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Freakshow
Freakshow
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
The Real World
The Real World
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Party Down South
Party Down South
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Miss Universe
Miss Universe
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
American Idol
American Idol
Breaking Amish
Breaking Amish
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Friendzone
Friendzone
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
The Hills
The Hills
College Hill
College Hill
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives