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
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
The Challenge: Invasion
The Challenge: Invasion
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
The Voice
The Voice
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Mama June: From Not to Hot
A Haunting
A Haunting
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Real L Word
Ghost Hunters
Black Ink Crew
Four In A Bed
Basketball Wives
Geordie Shore
Southern Charm
Ghost Adventures
Teen Mom
Alaskan Bush People
First Dates
Paranormal Lockdown
Naked and Afraid
Rica Famosa Latina
I Almost Got Away with It
The Haunted
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Total Divas
Chrisley Knows Best
Chasing Cameron
Basketball Wives: LA
Friday Night Tykes
Judge Faith
Deadliest Catch
Are You The One?
Fixer Upper
Jersey Shore
The Hills
Little Women: Atlanta
Little Big Shots
Braxton Family Values
MasterChef Junior
South Beach Tow
Live PD
Stranded with a Million Dollars
Party Down South
The Real Housewives of New York City
Trapped
Lizard Lick Towing
The First 48
Shark Tank
The Bachelor
The Pioneer Woman
House Hunters
16 and Pregnant
The Real World
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Big Brother
Laguna Beach
This Old House
Face Off
Departures
Comedy Central Presents
Ghost Asylum
Ridiculousness
The Arrangement
Murder Book
The Profit
Antiques Roadshow
Gold Rush: Alaska
The Real Housewives of Potomac
Toddlers and Tiaras
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Property Brothers
The Pop Game
Made in Chelsea
Counting On
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Little Couple
The Dead Files
30 For 30
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Tanked
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Woman
Are You The One: Second Chances
Dating Naked
Impractical Jokers
Long Island Medium
Deadliest Warrior