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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
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Celebrity Big Brother
Celebrity Big Brother
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
The Four: Battle for Stardom
The Four: Battle for Stardom
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Intervention
Intervention
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Love After Lockup
Love After Lockup
The Challenge
The Rap Game
A Haunting
Teen Mom 2
Finding Bigfoot
Little Women: Atlanta
Life of Kylie
RuPaul's Drag Race
The Real L Word
Ink Master
Braxton Family Values
Extreme Cheapskates
Jersey Shore
Flavor of Love
I Almost Got Away with It
Ghost Hunters
Married to Medicine
Homicide Hunter
Are You The One?
Step Up: High Water
Gold Rush
Family By The Ton
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Ghost Adventures
Four In A Bed
Pati's Mexican Table
Big Brother
Sister Wives
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Impractical Jokers
Alaskan Bush People
Four Weddings
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Shark Tank
30 For 30
60 Days In
Married at First Sight
Floribama Shore
Seeking Sister Wife
Tell Me You Love Me
Survivorman
Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid
Murder Made Me Famous
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
The First 48
Geordie Shore
16 and Pregnant
Fixer Upper
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Better Late Than Never
The Curse of Oak Island
The Bachelor Winter Games
Paranormal Lockdown
The Hills
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Chrisley Knows Best
Fatal Attractions
Don't Be Tardy
Laguna Beach
Dating Naked
Dog The Bounty Hunter
It's Me or the Dog
Food Wars
The Haunted
Ridiculousness
Party Down South
Antiques Roadshow
True Life
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
The Biggest Loser
Deadly Women
Whale Wars
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour
Summer House
MasterChef Latino
I Am Jazz