Reality television

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Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors.wikipedia
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Candid Camera

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Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948, and is often seen as a prototype of reality television programming.
Candid Camera was a popular and long running American hidden camera reality television series.

Thrill of a Lifetime

The Canadian series Thrill of a Lifetime, a fantasies-fulfilled reality show, originally ran from 1982 to 1988 and was revived from 2001 to 2003.
Thrill of a Lifetime is a television reality series (before that term was coined) created by Sidney M. Cohen (who also directed many of the episodes) and Willie Stein.

That's Incredible!

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The success of Real People was quickly copied by ABC with That's Incredible, a stunt show co-hosted by Fran Tarkenton; CBS's entry into the genre was That's My Line, a series hosted by Bob Barker.
That's Incredible! is an American reality television show that aired on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1984.

Real People

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Producer George Schlatter capitalized on the advent of videotape to create Real People, a surprise hit for NBC, which ran from 1979 to 1984.
Real People was a reality television series that aired Wednesdays from 8 pm to 9 pm, and it ran from 1979 to 1984.

The Big Time (TV series)

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The 1976-1980 BBC series The Big Time showed, in each of its 15 episodes, a different amateur in some field (cooking, comedy, football, etc.) trying to succeed professionally in that field, with help from notable experts.
The Big Time was a British documentary and reality television series made by the BBC, consisting of 15 original episodes which ran from 1976 to 1980.

Survivor (franchise)

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Reality television exploded as a phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global success of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother. The series Expedition Robinson, created by television producer Charlie Parsons, which first aired in 1997 in Sweden (and was later produced in a large number of other countries as Survivor), added to the Nummer 28/Real World template the idea of competition and elimination, in which cast members/contestants battled against each other and were removed from the show until only one winner remained (these shows are now sometimes called elimination shows).
Survivor is a reality competition television franchise produced in many countries throughout the world.

Big Brother (franchise)

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Reality television exploded as a phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global success of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother.
Big Brother is a Dutch reality competition television franchise created by John de Mol Jr., broadcast in the Netherlands and subsequently syndicated internationally.

Expedition Robinson

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The series Expedition Robinson, created by television producer Charlie Parsons, which first aired in 1997 in Sweden (and was later produced in a large number of other countries as Survivor), added to the Nummer 28/Real World template the idea of competition and elimination, in which cast members/contestants battled against each other and were removed from the show until only one winner remained (these shows are now sometimes called elimination shows).
Expedition Robinson is a Swedish reality television program in which contestants are put into survival situations, and a voting process eliminates one person each episode until a winner is determined.

The Amazing Race

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Reality shows that suffered from low ratings included The Amazing Race (although the show has since recovered and is in its 29th edition), Lost (unrelated to the better-known serial drama of the same name) and The Mole (which was successful in other countries). DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model all ranked in the top DVDs sold on Amazon.com, and in the mid-2000s, DVDs of The Simple Life outranked scripted shows like The O.C. and Desperate Housewives.
The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people race around the world in competition with other teams.

American Idol

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However, this proved not to be the case for stronghold shows Survivor and American Idol, which both topped the U.S. season-average television ratings in the 2000s: Survivor led the ratings in 2001–02, and Idol has the longest hold on the No. 1 rank in the American television ratings, dominating over all other primetime programs and other television series in the overall viewership tallies for eight consecutive years, from the 2003–2004 to the 2010–2011 television seasons.
American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle USA and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America.

Streetmate

The dating reality show Streetmate premiered in the UK in 1998.
Streetmate is a reality dating game show that first aired on Channel 4 from 30 October 1998 to 9 March 2001, hosted by Davina McCall, and then aired on ITV2 from 27 September to 29 November 2007, this time hosted by Holly Willoughby.

The Biggest Loser

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At least ten reality-television franchises created during that time have had over 30 international adaptations each: the singing competition franchises Idol, Star Academy and The X Factor, other competition franchises Survivor/Expedition Robinson, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, Got Talent, Top Model, MasterChef, and Dancing with the Stars, and the investment franchise Dragons' Den.
The Biggest Loser is a reality television format which started with the American TV show.

Top Model

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At least ten reality-television franchises created during that time have had over 30 international adaptations each: the singing competition franchises Idol, Star Academy and The X Factor, other competition franchises Survivor/Expedition Robinson, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, Got Talent, Top Model, MasterChef, and Dancing with the Stars, and the investment franchise Dragons' Den.
Top Model, also called Next Top Model, is a fashion-themed reality television show format produced in many countries throughout the world and seen in over 120 countries producing over 200 seasons, which are also referred to as "cycles".

Jack Wyatt

Confession was a crime/police show which aired from June 1958 to January 1959, with interviewer Jack Wyatt questioning criminals from assorted backgrounds.
From 1958 to 1959, he was the interviewer on the ABC crime/drama reality show, Confession, in which he quizzed convicted criminals on the air to determine the root causes of their lawlessness.

Dragons' Den

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At least ten reality-television franchises created during that time have had over 30 international adaptations each: the singing competition franchises Idol, Star Academy and The X Factor, other competition franchises Survivor/Expedition Robinson, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser, Got Talent, Top Model, MasterChef, and Dancing with the Stars, and the investment franchise Dragons' Den.
Dragons' Den is a reality television program format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance from them.

That's My Line

The success of Real People was quickly copied by ABC with That's Incredible, a stunt show co-hosted by Fran Tarkenton; CBS's entry into the genre was That's My Line, a series hosted by Bob Barker.
That's My Line was a summer CBS reality show developed by Mark Goodson, one of the creators of What's My Line?.

Television show

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Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors.
A show may be fictional (as in comedies and dramas), or non-fictional (as in documentary, news, and reality television).

Hidden camera

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Other genres that predate the reality television boom have sometimes been retroactively grouped into reality TV, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, and court shows featuring real-life cases.
Hidden cameras are also sometimes used in reality television to catch participants in unusual or absurd situations.

CBS Reality

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The 2000s saw the launches of three television channels devoted exclusively to reality television: Fox Reality in the United States, which existed from 2005 to 2010; Global Reality Channel in Canada, which lasted two years from 2010 to 2012; and Zone Reality in the United Kingdom, which operated from 2002 to 2009.
CBS Reality is a reality television channel which broadcasts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Project Runway

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DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model all ranked in the top DVDs sold on Amazon.com, and in the mid-2000s, DVDs of The Simple Life outranked scripted shows like The O.C. and Desperate Housewives.
Project Runway is an American reality television series that focuses on fashion design.

MTV

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In addition, several other cable channels, including Bravo, A&E, E!, TLC, History, VH1, and MTV, changed their programming to mostly comprise reality television series during the 2000s.
Since its inception, MTV has toned down its music video programming significantly, and its programming now consists mainly of original reality, comedy and drama programming and some off-network syndicated programs and films, with limited music video programming in off-peak time periods.

America's Next Top Model

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DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model all ranked in the top DVDs sold on Amazon.com, and in the mid-2000s, DVDs of The Simple Life outranked scripted shows like The O.C. and Desperate Housewives.
America's Next Top Model (abbreviated ANTM and Top Model) is an American reality television series and interactive competition in which a number of aspiring models compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model" and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry.

Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County

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DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model all ranked in the top DVDs sold on Amazon.com, and in the mid-2000s, DVDs of The Simple Life outranked scripted shows like The O.C. and Desperate Housewives.
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County is an American reality television series that originally aired on MTV from September 28, 2004 until November 15, 2006.

The Simple Life

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DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, and America's Next Top Model all ranked in the top DVDs sold on Amazon.com, and in the mid-2000s, DVDs of The Simple Life outranked scripted shows like The O.C. and Desperate Housewives.
The Simple Life is an American reality television series.

VH1

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In addition, several other cable channels, including Bravo, A&E, E!, TLC, History, VH1, and MTV, changed their programming to mostly comprise reality television series during the 2000s.
More recently, much like MTV, VH1 has been in the area of reality television programming, such as Behind the Music, the I Love… series and the Celebreality block of programming, as part of the channel's current focus on programming primarily aimed towards women.