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
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Survivor
Survivor
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Big Brother
Big Brother
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The X Factor
The X Factor
Project Runway
Project Runway
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
True Life
True Life
The First 48
The First 48
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
30 For 30
30 For 30
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Profit
The Profit
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Cops
Cops
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Face Off
Face Off
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Ink Master
Ink Master
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Cheaters
Cheaters
American Idol
American Idol
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Top Chef
Top Chef
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Total Divas
Total Divas
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Girl Code
Girl Code
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Intervention
Intervention
Below Deck
Below Deck
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Party Down South
Party Down South
Run's House
Run's House
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
The Hills
The Hills
Hoarders
Hoarders
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Next Step
The Next Step
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Fight Girls
Fight Girls
The Chew
The Chew
Gigolos
Gigolos
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
The Real World
The Real World
Botched
Botched
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Wicked Tuna: North vs. South
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Girls Next Door
The Girls Next Door
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible