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
Love & Hip Hop
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Intervention
Intervention
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Floribama Shore
Floribama Shore
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
A Haunting
A Haunting
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Life of Kylie
Life of Kylie
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Are You The One?
Braxton Family Values
Ghost Hunters
The Rap Game
Geordie Shore
Ghost Adventures
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Little Women: Atlanta
Say Yes To The Dress
Chrisley Knows Best
Fixer Upper
Extreme Cheapskates
The Challenge
Jersey Shore
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
RuPaul's Drag Race
Deadly Women
Shark Tank
The Real L Word
Married to Medicine
The Curse of Oak Island
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Gold Rush
Ink Master
Married at First Sight
Better Late Than Never
Four Weddings
The Haunted
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
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The Voice
Big Brother
Sister Wives
It's Me or the Dog
Man vs. Wild
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
South Beach Tow
The Bachelorette
Alaskan Bush People
The Real World
The Four: Battle for Stardom
Four In A Bed
Impractical Jokers
Basketball Wives
60 Days In
Ridiculousness
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The First 48
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid
Tiny & Toya
Outnumbered
Survivorman
Party Down South
Undercover Boss
I Am Jazz
Top Chef
30 For 30
Cathouse: The Series
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Total Divas
Project Runway All Stars
Tamar & Vince
Moonshiners
Flavor of Love
Food Wars
Fatal Attractions
Don't Be Tardy
90 Day Fiance
Hamilton's Pharmacopeia
16 and Pregnant
Snooki & JWOWW
Laguna Beach
True Life
Antiques Roadshow
Lizard Lick Towing