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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Voice
The Voice
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Intervention
Intervention
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Face Off
Face Off
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
American Pickers
American Pickers
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
The Hills
The Hills
Hoarders
Hoarders
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Wipeout
Wipeout
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Swamp People
Swamp People
Ink Master
Ink Master
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
MythBusters
MythBusters
Top Chef
Top Chef
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway All Stars
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Party Down South
Party Down South
Botched
Botched
Girl Code
Girl Code
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
American Idol
American Idol
Deadliest Warrior
Deadliest Warrior
Chopped
Chopped
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
30 For 30
30 For 30
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Survivor
Survivor
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Double Divas
Double Divas
Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild
Total Divas
Total Divas
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
True Life
True Life
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
Welcome to Myrtle Manor
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The First 48
The First 48
Big Brother
Big Brother
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
American Restoration
American Restoration
Tough Love
Tough Love
Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Gene Simmons Family Jewels
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Million Dollar Listing New York
Million Dollar Listing New York
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Locked Up Abroad
Locked Up Abroad
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Project Runway
Project Runway
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Top Gear (US)
Top Gear (US)
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Haunted Collector
Haunted Collector
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
The Real World
The Real World
The Profit
The Profit
Cheaters
Cheaters
Cops
Cops
My Cat From Hell
My Cat From Hell
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Parental Control
Parental Control
The Real Housewives of Miami
The Real Housewives of Miami
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Dual Survival
Dual Survival
Selling New York
Selling New York
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Pimp My Ride
Pimp My Ride
Rob & Big
Rob & Big
King of the Nerds
King of the Nerds
Friendzone
Friendzone
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
Ax Men
Ax Men
Dog Whisperer
Dog Whisperer
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Hollywood Exes
Hollywood Exes
Whale Wars
Whale Wars
Wahlburgers
Wahlburgers
Swamp Pawn
Swamp Pawn
Kim of Queens
Kim of Queens
Outnumbered
Outnumbered
Man v. Food
Man v. Food
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
Rock of Love
Rock of Love
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Storage Hunters
Storage Hunters
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
Punk'd
Punk'd
The Next Step
The Next Step
Gigolos
Gigolos
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
America's Best Dance Crew
America's Best Dance Crew
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Daisy of Love
Daisy of Love
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Billy the Exterminator
Billy the Exterminator
Gator Boys
Gator Boys
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
Preachers' Daughters
Preachers' Daughters
Shipping Wars
Shipping Wars
Newlyweds: The First Year
Newlyweds: The First Year
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Donnie Loves Jenny
Donnie Loves Jenny
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Freakshow
Freakshow
Bridezillas
Bridezillas
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
The Legend of Mick Dodge
The Legend of Mick Dodge
My Fair Wedding
My Fair Wedding
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
Keyshia Cole: All In
Keyshia Cole: All In
Repeat After Me
Repeat After Me
Nitro Circus
Nitro Circus
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Preachers of Detroit
Preachers of Detroit
Pretty Wild
Pretty Wild
Baldwin Hills
Baldwin Hills
Ice Cold Gold
Ice Cold Gold
Quiero Mis Quinces
Quiero Mis Quinces
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
College Hill
College Hill
Four In A Bed
Four In A Bed
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Blood, Sweat and Heels
Blood, Sweat and Heels
The Face
The Face
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect
DC Cupcakes
DC Cupcakes