List of reality television series, by general type, listed with the date of their premiere. A few details are added for some shows that don't have their own article. See reality television for further descriptions. Documentary style [edit ]
In this genre, camera crews follow the daily interactions of people in ordinary places, such as airports or restaurants, or follow people in a specific profession.
[edit ] Historical re-creation [edit ]
This genre takes modern-day contestants and puts them in the lifestyle of historical people or places.
Science [edit ]
This genre documents scientific analysis or exploration firsthand.
Dating [edit ]
In this genre, couples or singles are brought together in dating or romantic situations.
Law Enforcement/Rescue/Military [edit ]
This increasingly popular genre features ordinary people having home or lifestyle makeovers with the assistance of professionals.
Lifestyle change [edit ]
Here, ordinary people experience an extraordinary change in their environments or occupations.
Fantasies fulfilled [edit ] Docusoaps starring celebrities [edit ]
This genre, launched most successfully by music channel
MTV, follows a camera crew into the lives of celebrities. Video Cameras/Hidden camera [edit ]
Perhaps the oldest reality show genre, popular as far back as the early days of
television. List of reality game shows/reality "playoffs" [edit ] main article: reality game show
This, the biggest and most successful reality genre, features contestants who compete for prizes, while often living together in close quarters. Usually, they feature the eliminations of contestants until a winner is chosen. Sometimes they are considered to be "Reality Playoffs" since their format is similar to that of a
playoff in sports. Talent searches [edit ]
Often similar to the game show genre in that there are
eliminations and a final winner, this genre centers on contestants competing a specific skill or talent, rather than in random challenges. Original Amateur Hour (1948) Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (1948) (1956) ( Eurovision Song Contest EBU) (1956) (UK) Opportunity Knocks ( Star Tanjō! スター誕生!) (1971) (Japan) The Gong Show (1976) Owarai Star Tanjō! ( お笑いスター誕生!!) (1980) (Japan) (1980s) Star Search (1990) (UK) Stars in Their Eyes (1995) (Japan) Asayan (New Zealand) (1999) (UK version launched bands Popstars Hear'Say and Liberty X) (Australia) (2000) Search for a Supermodel (2001) Bands on the Run (2001-2003) (UK) Pop Idol (2001-2002) (UK) Model Behavior (2001) WWF/WWE Tough Enough (2002) WWE Tough Enough 2 (2003) WWE Tough Enough 3 (2002)(2003) (UK) Fame Academy (2002) (UK) Popstars: The Rivals (2003) America's Next Top Model Be a Grand Prix Driver (2003) (UK) (2003) (2005) (2007) Comic Relief does Fame Academy (2003) Last Comic Standing (2003) Nashville Star Performing As... (2003) (2003) (UK) Reborn in the USA (2009) RuPaul's Drag Race (2003) ( Search for the Star in a Million Philippines) ABS-CBN (2003) (France) Star Académie (2003) (Philippines) StarStruck (2003) Surf Girls The Apprentice (2004-2007, US, NBC) (2004) The Assistant Bollywood Star (2004) (UK) (2004) The Contender Can You Be a Porn Star? (2004) (2004) (many countries) Dancing with the Stars (2004) Dream Job (2004) Dream Job II (2004) (India) Get Gorgeous (2004 - UK, 2005 - US) Hell's Kitchen (2004) (UK) Kings of Comedy (2005) (Philippines) Little Big Star (2004) Next Action Star (2004) The Next Great Champ (2004) (Philippines) Pinoy Pop Superstar (2004) (Australia) Popstars Live (2004) (US) Project Runway Wickedly Perfect (2004) (US) (2004) The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best (2004) (Philippines) Star Circle Quest (2004) (UK) Strictly Come Dancing Super Singer (2004) (India) (2004) (UK) The X Factor (2005) (UK) Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver (2005) (UK) Celebrity Wrestling (2002) (Mexico) La Academia Filmstjerne (2005) ( Norway) (2005) (UK) Football Icon Get Gorgeous II (2005) (India) (2005) (UK) Hit Me Baby One More Time Launchpad (2005) (India) (2005) The Next Food Network Star (2005) Rock Star INXS (2005) The Scholar (2005) So You Think You Can Dance (2005) (UK) Strictly Dance Fever (2005, USA, Spike) The Ultimate Fighter Afghan Star (TV Series) (2005) (Afghanistan) (2006) (UK) The All Star Talent Show America's Got Talent (2006) (2006) (ABC) American Inventor (2006) (UK) Dancing on Ice Dirty Dancing (2006) (2006) (UK) Just the Two of Us (2006, USA, ESPN) Knight School (2006) The One: Making a Music Star (2006) ( Pinoy Dream Academy Philippines) (2006) Rock Star: Supernova (2006) (US) Skating With Celebrities (2006) (UK) Soapstar Superstar (2006) Top Chef (2006) (Sci-fi) Who Wants to be a Superhero? (2007) Grease: You're the One that I Want! (2004) (2005) (2006) (Hungary) Megasztár (2007) Ego Trip's The "White" Rapper Show (2007, US, Food Network) The Next Iron Chef (2007, US, NBC) Phenomenon (2007, US) Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2007) The Singing Bee (2007, US) The Shot (2007, US) America's Most Smartest Model (2008, US) America's Best Dance Crew (2008, Ireland) Celebrity Bainisteoir (2008) Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme (2008, Ireland) Fáilte Towers (2008) Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (2008) My Kid's a Star (2008) I Know My Kid's a Star (2008) Scream Queens (2008) Redemption Song Super Star K(2009) ( Korea) America Got Talent(2009) (North America) Master Chef Australia(2009) ( Australia) (2010) ( Top Shot North America) (2010) (India) Just Dance (2011) (North America) Live to Dance (2011) (North America) America's Best Dance Crew (2011) The Glee Project (2011) (North America) The Voice (2011)(North America) The X Factor (2013) King of the Nerds Spoofs [edit ]
Reality shows in which one or more participants are tricked into believing they are taking part in a legitimate show when they are actually the victim(s) of a joke. These types of shows are somewhat akin to
hidden camera shows. Parodies [edit ]
While not reality TV in the proper sense, these scripted parody shows reflect the level of pop culture status that reality TV has achieved.
See also [edit ]