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 Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Survivor
Survivor
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
The Bad Girls Club
The Bad Girls Club
30 For 30
30 For 30
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
The First 48
The First 48
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict
Big Brother
Big Brother
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
The Profit
The Profit
True Life
True Life
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The X Factor
The X Factor
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Growing Up Gotti
Growing Up Gotti
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Girl Code
Girl Code
Party Down South
Party Down South
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Ink Master
Ink Master
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Cops
Cops
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Couples Therapy
Couples Therapy
Friendzone
Friendzone
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Hell's Kitchen
Hell's Kitchen
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
Top Chef
Top Chef
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Tamar & Vince
Tamar & Vince
Project Runway
Project Runway
Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships
Project Runway All-Stars
Project Runway All-Stars
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Intervention
Intervention
Deion's Family Playbook
Deion's Family Playbook
The Real World
The Real World
Face Off
Face Off
Jerseylicious
Jerseylicious
This Old House Hour
This Old House Hour
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons
The Chew
The Chew
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Hardcore Pawn
Hardcore Pawn
The Hills
The Hills
Rock of Love
Rock of Love
The Next Step
The Next Step
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
MasterChef
MasterChef
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
MythBusters
MythBusters
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Gigolos
Gigolos
Love It or List It
Love It or List It
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Total Divas
Total Divas
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars
Mommy XXX
Mommy XXX
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers