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 Bachelor
The Bachelor
American Idol
American Idol
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
The Real World
The Real World
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Voice
The Voice
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
LeAnn & Eddie
LeAnn & Eddie
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
True Life
True Life
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
MythBusters
MythBusters
Survivor
Survivor
The First 48
The First 48
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Intervention
Intervention
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Redneck Island
Redneck Island
Party Down South
Party Down South
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Girl Code
Girl Code
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Top Chef
Top Chef
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Project Runway All-Stars
Project Runway All-Stars
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Cops
Cops
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Total Divas
Total Divas
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Worst Cooks in America
Worst Cooks in America
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
Friendzone
Friendzone
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
The Millionaire Matchmaker
The Millionaire Matchmaker
Miss Universe
Miss Universe
Cheaters
Cheaters
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge
Project Runway
Project Runway
Big Brother
Big Brother
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Undercover Boss
Undercover Boss
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Storage Wars
Storage Wars
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Face Off
Face Off
The Profit
The Profit
Ax Men
Ax Men
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
The Hills
The Hills
This Old House
This Old House
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
House Hunters
House Hunters
Hoarders
Hoarders
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
The X Factor
The X Factor
Chopped
Chopped
The Sing Off
The Sing Off
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars