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
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Next Step
The Next Step
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Counting On
Counting On
So You Think You Can Dance
Ghost Adventures
South Beach Tow
Say Yes To The Dress
America's Got Talent
Four Weddings
Intervention
Ghost Hunters
The Hills
Little People, Big World
Little Big Shots
A Haunting
Braxton Family Values
Teen Mom 2
Naked and Afraid
Growing Up Hip Hop
Ink Master
My Super Sweet 16
Botched
The Voice
I Almost Got Away with It
Southern Charm
Finding Bigfoot
Big Brother
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Ridiculousness
Four In A Bed
30 For 30
Bar Rescue
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The Profit
16 and Pregnant
Below Deck Mediterranean
Naked and Afraid XL
Player Gets Played
Rica Famosa Latina
Chrisley Knows Best
Ex On The Beach
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too
Alone
Live PD
World of Dance
Little Women: Atlanta
West Coast Customs
American Ninja Warrior
Shark Tank
Hollywood Medium
Jerseylicious
Basketball Wives: LA
Laguna Beach
MasterChef
First Dates (UK)
The Haunted
The Bachelor
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
The Real World
Impractical Jokers
19 Kids and Counting
Lizard Lick Towing
Geordie Shore
The Real Housewives of New York City
Invite Only Cabo
True Life
Cutthroat Kitchen
Celebrity Wife Swap
Paranormal Lockdown
Extreme Cheapskates
Deadliest Warrior
The Pioneer Woman
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Second Wives Club
Dancing with the Stars
Cooper's Treasure
The First 48
Face Off
Party Down South
Married at First Sight
Kitchen Nightmares