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
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Cops
Cops
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Voice
The Voice
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
A Haunting
A Haunting
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Rica Famosa Latina
Rica Famosa Latina
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Geordie Shore
Geordie Shore
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Ghosts of Shepherdstown
Ghosts of Shepherdstown
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Ink, Paper, Scissors
Ink, Paper, Scissors
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
The First 48
The First 48
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
This Old House
This Old House
Ink Master
Ink Master
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
90 Day Fianc
90 Day Fianc
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
The Real World
The Real World
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Big Brother
Big Brother
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
60 Days In
60 Days In
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After
Counting On
Counting On
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
WAGS: Miami
WAGS: Miami
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Party Down South
Party Down South
Tanked
Tanked
Intervention
Intervention
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
30 For 30
30 For 30
The Next Step
The Next Step
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Rob & Chyna
Rob & Chyna
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
The Haunted
The Haunted
Judge Faith
Judge Faith
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
House Hunters
House Hunters
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
The Profit
The Profit
Big Brother: Over the Top
Big Brother: Over the Top
Below Deck
Below Deck
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
The Ultimate Fighter
The Ultimate Fighter
Property Brothers
Property Brothers
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Ladies of London
Ladies of London
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Outdaughtered
Outdaughtered
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Real Chance of Love
Real Chance of Love
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Catching Kelce
Catching Kelce
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
Top Chef
Top Chef
True Life
True Life