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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Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Voice
The Voice
Total Divas
Total Divas
Miss America
Miss America
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Project Runway
Project Runway
MasterChef
MasterChef
The X Factor
The X Factor
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Party Down South
Party Down South
Ink Master
Ink Master
The First 48
The First 48
Cops
Cops
True Life
True Life
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Survivor
Survivor
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Miss USA
Miss USA
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
College Hill
College Hill
Gypsy Sisters
Gypsy Sisters
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Face Off
Face Off
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Katt Williams: Priceless
Katt Williams: Priceless
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Below Deck
Below Deck
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Hoarders
Hoarders
The Chew
The Chew
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Hills
The Hills
Intervention
Intervention
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Candidly Nicole
Candidly Nicole
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Cheaters
Cheaters
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
Little People, Big World
Little People, Big World
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Botched
Botched
Miss Universe
Miss Universe
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
The Next Step
The Next Step
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
The Real World
The Real World
American Idol
American Idol
The Singles Project
The Singles Project