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: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Survivor
Survivor
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Voice
The Voice
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Gigolos
Gigolos
The Real World
The Real World
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Mary Mary
Mary Mary
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Party Down South
Party Down South
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
La Voz Kids
La Voz Kids
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
60 Days In
60 Days In
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
The First 48
The First 48
Ink Master
Ink Master
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Cops
Cops
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
30 For 30
30 For 30
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
The Chew
The Chew
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
Flip My Food with Chef Jeff
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Jill & Jessa: Counting On
Jill & Jessa: Counting On
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
The Next Step
The Next Step
Cheaters
Cheaters
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Total Divas
Total Divas
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Shahs of Sunset
Shahs of Sunset
Swamp People
Swamp People
Big Brother
Big Brother
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
True Life
True Life
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
American Idol
American Idol
American Pickers
American Pickers
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Face Off
Face Off
Chopped Junior
Chopped Junior
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Long Lost Family
Long Lost Family
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
A Haunting
A Haunting
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Intervention
Intervention
The Watch
The Watch
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
College Hill
College Hill
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway All Stars
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Supernanny
Supernanny
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge