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Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors. Although the genre has existed in some form or another since the early years of television (primarily with game shows), the term reality television is most commonly used to describe programs of this genre produced since 2000. Documentaries and nonfictional programming such as news and sports shows are usually not classified as reality shows.

The genre covers a wide range of programming formats, from game or quiz shows which resemble the frantic, often demeaning shows produced in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s (such as Gaki no tsukai), to surveillance- or voyeurism-focused productions such as Big Brother.

Reality television frequently portrays a modified and highly influenced form of reality, utilizing sensationalism to attract viewers to generate advertising profits. Participants are often placed in exotic locations or abnormal situations,[1] and are sometimes coached, to act in certain scripted ways by off-screen "story editors" or "segment producers," with the portrayal of events and speech manipulated and contrived to create an illusion of reality through editing and other post-production techniques.
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review by . August 18, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
The Brits have always had a knack for cheap TV. After stuffing endless hours of gardening and cookery shows down our throats as kids, they faced a major problem when the English went from 4 channels in 1990 to roughly 13,948 with cable a few years after. There simply aren't enough gardens to prune or recipes to cook to fill the massive expanse of airtime.      Although reality TV existed in the States before it became 98% of British culture, the US shows such as Candid Camera …
review by . February 26, 2010
I am a frequent watcher of CNN and every once in a while a tidbit from reality television makes its way to its broadcasts (ex. A guy punching a woman on some MTV show).  I may have said it in my headline above but I will repeat it.  I do not want to know anything about these mindless programs that makes stars out of idiots!  I do not care to know who the Bachelor didn't give a rose to, who Simon sniped on or if John (thank goodness I don't know his last name) cheated on his wife/girlfriend. &nbs …
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
Man, I love a good train wreck right before eyes, week after week, like clockwork! :D
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
Reality and TV don't mix. How real would you act if you had a camera in front of your face? Just a way for bad actors to get some ill fame!
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
I totally agree with Donna. A total waste of time. Kind of tells you about the sorry state of our culture.
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
Reality Programming, especially the Kardashiens- poor taste, vulgar, boring. How LOW can they go?
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