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
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Challenge: Invasion
The Challenge: Invasion
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Voice
The Voice
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
A Haunting
A Haunting
Ghost Hunters
The Amazing Race
Little Big Shots
Black Ink Crew
Chrisley Knows Best
Dancing with the Stars
I Almost Got Away with It
The Rap Game
Friday Night Tykes
Four In A Bed
The Pioneer Woman
Naked and Afraid
Fast N' Loud
Teen Mom
Jersey Shore
Shark Tank
The Bachelorette
Alaskan Bush People
The Hills
This Old House
Counting On
Little Women: Atlanta
Ghost Adventures
Southern Charm
Fixer Upper
The Arrangement
The First 48
Departures
Ice Pilots
Party Down South
Rica Famosa Latina
Gold Rush: Alaska
Braxton Family Values
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Long Island Medium
Trapped
Dating Naked
Killing Fields
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
College Hill
16 and Pregnant
Married to Medicine
Jerseylicious
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
The Real World/Road Rules Challenge
Big Brother
Impractical Jokers
The Haunted
The Real World
Live PD
30 For 30
Ridiculousness
Face Off
The Profit
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Sister Wives
Bringing Up Ballers
Real Chance of Love
Laguna Beach
Lizard Lick Towing
House Hunters
The Dead Files
Moonshiners
West Coast Customs
Tanked
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
MasterChef Junior
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Toddlers and Tiaras
What Not To Wear
Paranormal Lockdown
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Say Yes To The Dress
Flavor of Love
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
South Beach Tow
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Colony
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
My Strange Addiction