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: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
The Voice
The Voice
A Haunting
A Haunting
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Cathouse: The Series
Cathouse: The Series
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
The Hills
The Hills
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Intervention
Intervention
Pati's Mexican Table
Pati's Mexican Table
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Counting On
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real L Word
Ghost Adventures
The Challenge
Chrisley Knows Best
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Say Yes To The Dress
Bachelor in Paradise
The Haunted
Big Brother
WAGS: Miami
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Life of Kylie
RuPaul's Drag Race
West Coast Customs
Don't Be Tardy
America's Next Top Model
Teen Mom
90 Day Fiance
Project Runway
Extreme Cheapskates
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Monsters Inside Me
Botched
Mary Mary
Black Ink Crew
The Bachelorette
Outnumbered
Paranormal Lockdown
I Almost Got Away with It
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Gold Rush: Alaska
Shark Tank
Alaskan Bush People
Impractical Jokers
16 and Pregnant
The Next Step
Braxton Family Values
Four In A Bed
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Paranormal Witness
Most Haunted
Ink Master
The Little Couple
So You Think You Can Dance
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
Ghosts of Shepherdstown
The Dead Files
Total Bellas
The Real World
Basketball Wives
South Beach Tow
America's Funniest Home Videos
Ink Master: Angels
Wheeler Dealers
Ghost Asylum
Four Weddings
Below Deck
Player Gets Played
Jersey Shore
Kitchen Nightmares
30 For 30
Rica Famosa Latina
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Jerseylicious
Lizard Lick Towing
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
The Platinum Life
Shahs of Sunset
World's Strictest Parents
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Brides Gone Styled
Geordie Shore
First Dates (UK)
Gypsy Sisters
The First 48
Flipping Out
The Real Housewives of New York City