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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Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Big Brother
Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Voice
The Voice
Rob & Chyna
Rob & Chyna
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love at First Kiss
Love at First Kiss
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Women: Atlanta
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
The First 48
The First 48
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Cops
Cops
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
Basketball Wives LA
Basketball Wives LA
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Don't Be Tardy
Don't Be Tardy
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
60 Days In
60 Days In
90 Day Fiancé
90 Day Fiancé
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
Scream Queens (2008)
Scream Queens (2008)
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
American Ninja Warrior
American Ninja Warrior
The Profit
The Profit
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
MasterChef
MasterChef
Below Deck
Below Deck
Counting On
Counting On
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
The Real World
The Real World
Ink Master
Ink Master
So You Think You Can Dance
So You Think You Can Dance
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
The Next Step
The Next Step
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Real Housewives of New York City
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Finding Prince Charming
Finding Prince Charming
Cathouse: The Series
Cathouse: The Series
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Project Runway
Project Runway
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Party Down South
Party Down South
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
College Hill
College Hill
True Life
True Life
Paranormal Witness
Paranormal Witness
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
The Little Couple
The Little Couple
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Better Late Than Never
Better Late Than Never
Chopped
Chopped
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Sunday Best
Sunday Best
Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
30 For 30
30 For 30
This Old House
This Old House
Mountain Men
Mountain Men
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach