Reality TV is a genre of television programming that shows unscripted, real-life situations. There are different types of reality TV shows. One type features cameras following a family or group of people around on their day-to-day lives, like the Real Housewives or Little People, Big World. Then there are the competition reality TV shows, like Dancing with the Stars and The Voice.

Reality TV seemed to get its start in the early 1990s with MTV’s Real World, but it really took off and became more mainstream in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the success of Survivor, American Idol, The Osbournes, and Big Brother. Now reality TV is a fixture on television and should be around for a long time, as the production costs are very low and fans of reality TV keep tuning in.



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Todd Betzold

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Todd Betzold covers TV show and movie meme news for Previously, he was the lead writer at, where he covered reality TV shows, and he was the owner, publisher, and editor-in-chief at, a site for entertainment and celebrity news. ( is on Twitter and Facebook.)

He dreams of someday hosting his own radio talk show, but in the meantime he works in his pajamas and loves anything and everything about reality television (well, except the Kardsahians, but we don't think he's alone in that one). From Big Brother to The Bachelorette, he can fill you in on all the details you never thought you needed or wanted.
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