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
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Party Down South
Party Down South
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
The Voice
The Voice
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Project Runway
Project Runway
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The First 48
The First 48
The Hills
The Hills
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Who Do You Think You Are?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The X Factor
The X Factor
Survivor
Survivor
Next Great Baker
Next Great Baker
True Life
True Life
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
MasterChef
MasterChef
Cops
Cops
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Real World
The Real World
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
#RichKids of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Total Divas
Total Divas
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
The Next Food Network Star
The Next Food Network Star
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Cheaters
Cheaters
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Intervention
Intervention
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
MythBusters
MythBusters
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Face Off
Face Off
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Chopped
Chopped
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Criss Angel Mindfreak
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Friendzone
Friendzone
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Hotel Hell
Hotel Hell
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
American Idol
American Idol
The Chew
The Chew
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Gigolos
Gigolos
Hoarders
Hoarders
Tabatha Takes Over (Tabatha's Salon Takeover)
Tabatha Takes Over (Tabatha's Salon Takeover)
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Restaurant: Impossible
Restaurant: Impossible
The Next Step
The Next Step
Four Weddings
Four Weddings
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Parking Wars
Parking Wars
American Pickers
American Pickers
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman