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: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
Celebrity Big Brother
Celebrity Big Brother
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
Finding Bigfoot
Finding Bigfoot
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Mama June: From Not to Hot
Toddlers and Tiaras
Toddlers and Tiaras
Intervention
Intervention
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Say Yes To The Dress
Say Yes To The Dress
The Challenge
The Rap Game
Teen Mom 2
Love After Lockup
The Four: Battle for Stardom
A Haunting
RuPaul's Drag Race
Life of Kylie
The Real L Word
Extreme Cheapskates
Ghost Hunters
Flavor of Love
Braxton Family Values
Ink Master
Jersey Shore
Married to Medicine
Ghost Adventures
Are You The One?
Gold Rush
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Big Brother
Fixer Upper
Family By The Ton
I Almost Got Away with It
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Impractical Jokers
Sister Wives
Seeking Sister Wife
The Bachelor Winter Games
Step Up: High Water
Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta
Alaskan Bush People
Four In A Bed
Little Women: Atlanta
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
The Bachelorette
Pati's Mexican Table
Shark Tank
Judge Faith
60 Days In
Geordie Shore
Married at First Sight
Hoarding: Buried Alive
16 and Pregnant
Four Weddings
Cathouse: The Series
I Am Jazz
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Floribama Shore
It's Me or the Dog
Paranormal Lockdown
Tell Me You Love Me
The First 48
Antiques Roadshow
Hardcore Pawn
Chrisley Knows Best
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding
Deadly Women
Dating Naked
Outnumbered
Gator Boys
Undercover Boss
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle
Party Down South
30 For 30
House Hunters
The Hills
The Haunted
Laguna Beach
Ridiculousness
Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry
True Life
Bachelor in Paradise
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Whale Wars
The Curse of Oak Island
Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid
Bar Rescue
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
The Real World