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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Temptation Island (2019)
Temptation Island (2019)
Teen Mom 2
Teen Mom 2
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club
Dr. Pimple Popper
Dr. Pimple Popper
The Masked Singer
The Masked Singer
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Floribama Shore
Floribama Shore
Love & Hip Hop
Love & Hip Hop
Love After Lockup
Love After Lockup
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Keeping Up with The Kardashians
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Love Island
Love Island
Step Up: High Water
Step Up: High Water
Made in Staten Island
Made in Staten Island
Ex On The Beach
Ex On The Beach
The Challenge
The Challenge
Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club
Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club
Bringing Up Bates
Bringing Up Bates
The Rap Game
The Rap Game
Yummy Mummies
Yummy Mummies
Are You The One?
Are You The One?
60 Days In
60 Days In
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
I Am Jazz
I Am Jazz
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
RuPaul's Drag Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
90 Day Fiance
90 Day Fiance
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Love & Hip Hop: Miami
Teen Mom
Teen Mom
Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
The Curse of Oak Island
The Curse of Oak Island
Celebrity Big Brother
Celebrity Big Brother
Growing Up Hip Hop
Growing Up Hip Hop
Love & Marriage: Huntsville
Love & Marriage: Huntsville
Counting On
Counting On
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
1000 Ways to Die
1000 Ways to Die
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Family By The Ton
Family By The Ton
Below Deck
Below Deck
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
The First 48
The First 48
Botched
Botched
The People's Court
The People's Court
Party Down South
Party Down South
30 For 30
30 For 30
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Sister Wives
Sister Wives
Moonshiners
Moonshiners
Mountain Monsters
Mountain Monsters
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?
Naked and Afraid
Naked and Afraid
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood
Ink Master
Ink Master
The Voice
The Voice
Married to Medicine
Married to Medicine
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Dog The Bounty Hunter
Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
Live PD
Live PD
Duck Dynasty
Duck Dynasty
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue
Project Runway All Stars
Project Runway All Stars
Caribbean Life
Caribbean Life
Intervention
Intervention
The Dead Files
The Dead Files
My Cat From Hell
My Cat From Hell
The Real L Word
The Real L Word
Cake Boss
Cake Boss
Ridiculousness
Ridiculousness
Black Ink Crew
Black Ink Crew
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Hoarding: Buried Alive
Seeking Sister Wife
Seeking Sister Wife
The Last Alaskans
The Last Alaskans
Shark Tank
Shark Tank
Many Sides of Jane
Many Sides of Jane
Seven Year Switch
Seven Year Switch
Bridezillas
Bridezillas
Impractical Jokers
Impractical Jokers
Property Brothers
Property Brothers
Gold Rush
Gold Rush
World's Strictest Parents
World's Strictest Parents
South Beach Tow
South Beach Tow
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Basketball Wives
Basketball Wives
House Hunters
House Hunters
The Real World
The Real World
Big Brother
Big Brother
Naked and Afraid XL
Naked and Afraid XL
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Below Deck Mediterranean
Below Deck Mediterranean
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise
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