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
The Voice
The Voice
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore
Floribama Shore
Floribama Shore
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Braxton Family Values
Braxton Family Values
Murder Made Me Famous
Murder Made Me Famous
A Haunting
A Haunting
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Pati's Mexican Table
RuPaul's Drag Race
America's Next Top Model
90 Day Fiance
Life of Kylie
Ghost Hunters
Finding Bigfoot
The Curse of Oak Island
Outnumbered
Scared Famous
Extreme Cheapskates
Intervention
The Amazing Race
Married to Medicine
Ghost Adventures
Impractical Jokers
Four In A Bed
Four Weddings
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Fixer Upper
Bringing Up Bates
Little Women: Atlanta
Shark Tank
Gold Rush
The Challenge
Alaskan Bush People
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Paranormal Lockdown
Deadly Women
Say Yes To The Dress
Tamar & Vince
Don't Be Tardy
Ridiculousness
Cathouse: The Series
The Next Step
The First 48
30 For 30
Little Women: Dallas
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's
South Beach Tow
Party Down South
Monsters Inside Me
Ink Master
Fast N' Loud
16 and Pregnant
Dancing with the Stars
This Old House
Tell Me You Love Me
Moonshiners
The Healer
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Total Divas
Hamilton's Pharmacopeia
Bar Rescue
Big Brother
The Real World
The Little Couple
The Bachelor
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Below Deck
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Lizard Lick Towing
Basketball Wives
Project Runway
Brides Gone Styled
Long Island Medium
Cake Boss
Counting On
The Profit
World's Strictest Parents
Top Chef
Dog The Bounty Hunter
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days
Better Late Than Never
The Platinum Life
Are You The One: Second Chances
The Pioneer Woman
My Strange Addiction
Ink Master: Angels
Friday Night Tykes