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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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Challenge: Invasion
The Challenge: Invasion
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
A Haunting
A Haunting
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
Friday Night Tykes
Friday Night Tykes
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Real Chance of Love
Real Chance of Love
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Women: Atlanta
Fixer Upper
Fixer Upper
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Party Down South
Party Down South
This Old House
This Old House
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
The Voice
The Voice
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
Gold Rush: Alaska
Gold Rush: Alaska
Rica Famosa Latina
Rica Famosa Latina
The Pioneer Woman
The Pioneer Woman
16 and Pregnant
16 and Pregnant
The First 48
The First 48
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Killing Fields
Killing Fields
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Ghost Asylum
Ghost Asylum
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Counting On
Counting On
The Real World
The Real World
Chasing Cameron
Chasing Cameron
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Paranormal Lockdown
Paranormal Lockdown
Live PD
Live PD
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Impostors
Impostors
Dating Naked
Dating Naked
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Snooki & JWOWW
Snooki & JWOWW
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Mob Wives
Mob Wives
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Tanked
Tanked
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Wife Swap
Wife Swap
30 For 30
30 For 30
West Coast Customs
West Coast Customs
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach
Lizard Lick Towing
Lizard Lick Towing
Face Off
Face Off
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
House Hunters
House Hunters
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
The Magicians (UK)
The Magicians (UK)
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Top Chef
Top Chef
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
Tell Me You Love Me
Tell Me You Love Me
Diesel Brothers
Diesel Brothers
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect
Monsters Inside Me
Monsters Inside Me
My Super Sweet 16
My Super Sweet 16
Hunted (2017)
Hunted (2017)
Flavor of Love
Flavor of Love
19 Kids and Counting
19 Kids and Counting
Swamp People
Swamp People
Big Brother
Big Brother
Property Brothers
Property Brothers
Party Down South 2
Party Down South 2
MasterChef Junior
MasterChef Junior
Southern Charm
Southern Charm
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle