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