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History[ edit ] Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are almost as old as the television medium itself. Producer-host Allen Funt 's Candid Camerain which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired inand is often seen as a prototype of reality television programming.
Queen for a Day — was an early example of reality-based television. The television game show Cash and Carry sometimes featured contestants performing stunts.
Debuting inAllen Funt 's hidden camera show Candid Camera based on his previous radio show, Candid Microphone broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
In the s, game shows Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences involved contestants in wacky competitions, stunts, and practical jokes.
The series You Asked for It — incorporated audience involvement by basing episodes around requests sent in by postcard from viewers. Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled the Up Seriesepisodes include "7 Plus Seven", "21 Up", etc.
The program was structured as a series of interviews with no element of plot. However, it did have the then-new effect of turning ordinary people into celebrities. In the Direct Cinema film Chelsea GirlsAndy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction given; the Radio Times Guide to Film stated that the film was "to blame for reality television".
In a counterpart program, The Familywas made in the UK, following the working class Wilkins family of Reading. The Dating GameThe Newlywed Gameand The Gong Showall of which featured participants who were eager to sacrifice some of their privacy and dignity in a televised competition.
The series is credited with starting the career of Sheena Eastonwho was selected to appear in the episode showing an aspiring pop singer trying to enter the music business. The Canadian series Thrill of a Lifetimea fantasies-fulfilled reality show, originally ran from to and was revived from to Inunderwater cinematographer Al Giddings teamed with former Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly on the NBC series Oceanquest, which chronicled Weatherly's adventures scuba diving in various exotic locales.
Weatherly was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in informational programming. The series Nummer 28which aired on Dutch television inoriginated the concept of putting strangers together in the same environment for an extended period of time and recording the drama that ensued.
Nummer 28 also pioneered many of the stylistic conventions that have since become standard in reality television shows, including a heavy use of soundtrack music and the interspersing of events on screen with after-the-fact "confessionals" recorded by cast members, that serve as narration.
Nummer 28 creator Erik Latour has long claimed that The Real World was directly inspired by his show;  however, the producers of The Real World have stated that their direct inspiration was An American Family. These systems made it easy to quickly edit hours of video footage into a usable form, something that had been very difficult to do before film, which was easy to edit, was too expensive to shoot enough hours of footage with on a regular basis.
Simpson murder casestarting with 90 minutes of live network television of Simpson being chased by police, has been described as a seminal moment in reality television, with coverage of the true-life drama interrupting regular television programming for months and dominating ratings and the public conversation.
Changing Roomsa program that began inshowed couples redecorating each other's houses, and was the first[ citation needed ] reality show with a self-improvement or makeover theme.
The dating reality show Streetmate premiered in the UK in The production team from the original series went on to create popular reality shows Strictly Come DancingLocation, Location, Locationand the revamped MasterChefamongst others.
In the United States, reality television programs experienced a temporary decline in viewership inleading some entertainment industry columnists[ who?
Survivor led the ratings in —02and Idol has the longest hold on the No. Internationally, a number of shows created in the late s and s have had massive global success. At least ten reality-television franchises created during that time have had over 30 international adaptations each: Several " reality game shows " from the same period have had even greater success, including Deal or No DealWho Wants to Be a Millionaire?
All but three of these franchises, Top Model, The Biggest Loser and Dragons' Den, were created by either British producers or the Dutch production company Endemol ; and even Dragons' Den, which originated in Japanhas had most adaptations be based on the British version.
In India, the competition show Indian Idol was the most popular television program for its first six seasons. Fox Reality in the United States, which existed from to ; Global Reality Channel in Canadawhich lasted two years from to ; and Zone Reality in the United Kingdom, which operated from to DVDs for reality shows in fact sold briskly; Laguna Beach: Syndication, however, has indeed proven problematic; shows such as Fear FactorCOPS, and Wife Swap in which each episode is self-contained, can indeed be rerun fairly easily, but usually only on cable television or during the daytime COPS and America's Funniest Home Videos being exceptions.
Season-long competitions such as The Amazing RaceSurvivorand America's Next Top Model generally perform more poorly and usually must be rerun in marathons to draw the necessary viewers to make it worthwhile even in these cases, it is not always successful: Another option is to create documentaries around series including extended interviews with the participants and outtakes not seen in the original airings; the syndicated series American Idol Rewind is an example of this strategy.
A Fox staple sinceCOPS has, as of when it moved to cable channel Spikeoutlasted all competing scripted police shows. Another series that has seen wide success is Cheaterswhich has been running since in the U. Into better differentiate between competition and informational reality programs, a second category, Outstanding Reality-Competition Programwas added.
Inthe web series The Next Internet Millionaire appeared; it was a competition show based in part on The Apprenticeand was billed as the world's first Internet reality show. InNew York Magazine's Vulture blog published a humorous Venn diagram showing popular themes across American reality shows then running, including shows set in the U.Poniewozik writes, “We shouldn’t erase The Cosby Show‘s place in TV history—the way it changed comedy, represented the unrepresented and reframed African Americans in pop culture—even if.
Contrary to popular belief, reality TV serves a variety of useful and important functions and I, for one, am a better person because of it. Here's why. In the past two years reality TV has exploded in popularity. But this new trend is most likely just the beginning.
European television has been exploring reality TV for a few years longer than the US and US television is just starting to catch-up.
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The phenomenon is already disrupting communities and could cost the economy. As the New York Times’ James Poniewozik wrote, “There is always someone who will tell you that a Netflix series gets good six or seven episodes in.
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