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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The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
The Voice
The Voice
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Pati's Mexican Table
Pati's Mexican Table
Cathouse: The Series
Cathouse: The Series
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
A Haunting
A Haunting
30 For 30
30 For 30
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
RuPaul's Drag Race
Intervention
The Challenge
Don't Be Tardy
Alaskan Bush People
America's Next Top Model
Chrisley Knows Best
Teen Mom
Married to Medicine
The Hills
Finding Bigfoot
Impractical Jokers
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Monsters Inside Me
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Say Yes To The Dress
Four In A Bed
Paranormal Lockdown
Extreme Cheapskates
The Haunted
Project Runway
The Curse of Oak Island
Below Deck
Black Ink Crew
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
90 Day Fiance
Life of Kylie
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
Jersey Shore
The Real L Word
I Almost Got Away with It
Shark Tank
Lizard Lick Towing
The Amazing Race
The Real World
Little Women: Dallas
Scared Famous
South Beach Tow
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
First Dates (UK)
Tamar & Vince
Counting On
WAGS: Miami
16 and Pregnant
Outnumbered
Four Weddings
Xscape: Still Kickin' It
Ink Master: Angels
Party Down South
Total Divas
Antiques Roadshow
Bachelor in Paradise
Bar Rescue
The Little Couple
Friday Night Tykes
Long Island Medium
Player Gets Played
Diesel Brothers
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Basketball Wives
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Ink Master
Fast N' Loud
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Ghost Asylum
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
The Rap Game
Mary Mary
Party Down South 2
The Bachelor
Mob Wives
The Wonder List with Bill Weir
Little Women: Atlanta
Big Brother
Wheeler Dealers
This Old House
The First 48
Property Brothers
Are You The One: Second Chances