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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Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Paranormal Lockdown
Paranormal Lockdown
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
The Voice
The Voice
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Teyana & Iman
Teyana & Iman
A Haunting
A Haunting
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Teen Mom 2
Kitchen Nightmares
Intervention
The Amazing Race
Ghost Hunters
My Strange Addiction
The Challenge
Toddlers and Tiaras
The Real L Word
I Almost Got Away with It
Antiques Roadshow
What Not To Wear
Say Yes To The Dress
Deadly Women
Southern Charm
American Idol
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Ink Master
Finding Bigfoot
Ghost Adventures
Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant
Trading Spaces
Undercover Boss
Are You The One?
The Bachelor
Life of Kylie
Impractical Jokers
Ex On The Beach
Sister Wives
Party Down South
Chrisley Knows Best
Fixer Upper
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Bar Rescue
Little People, Big World
Wheeler Dealers
Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry
Counting On
Four Weddings
Alaskan Bush People
Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
True Life
Naked and Afraid
Married at First Sight
The Real Housewives of New York City
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Deadliest Catch
The Real World
American Chopper
Long Island Medium
Hardcore Pawn
Swamp Loggers
MasterChef Junior
Outnumbered
Laguna Beach
Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Rock of Love
Gold Rush
Big Brother
Winter Break: Hunter Mountain
Monsters Inside Me
It's Me or the Dog
Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour
Fatal Attractions
The First 48
Project Greenlight
Don't Be Tardy
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
The Bachelorette
Shark Tank
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Live PD
Little Women: Atlanta
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Cathouse: The Series
Web of Lies
Extreme Cheapskates
Bridezillas