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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.
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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.
This genre takes modern-day contestants and puts them in the lifestyle of historical people or places.
This genre documents scientific analysis or exploration firsthand.
In this genre, couples or singles are brought together in dating or romantic situations.
This increasingly popular genre features ordinary people having home or lifestyle makeovers with the assistance of professionals.
Here, ordinary people experience an extraordinary change in their environments or occupations.
Docusoaps starring celebrities
This genre, launched most successfully by music channel MTV, follows a camera crew into the lives of celebrities.
Perhaps the oldest reality show genre, popular as far back as the early days of television.
Reality game shows/Reality "Playoffs"
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.
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.
- Be a Grand Prix Driver (2003) (UK)
- Comic Relief does Fame Academy (2003) (2005) (2007)
- Last Comic Standing (2003)
- Nashville Star (2003)
- Performing As... (2003)
- Reborn in the USA (2003) (UK)
- Search For The Star In A Million (2003) (Philippines) ABS-CBN
- Star Académie (2003) (Québec)
- StarStruck (2003) (Philippines)
- Surf Girls (2003)
- StarStruck Season 2 (2004) (Philippines)
- The Apprentice (2004-2007, US, NBC)
- The Assistant (2004)
- Bollywood Star (2004) (UK)
- The Contender (2004)
- Can You Be A Porn Star? (2004)
- Dancing with the Stars (2004) (many countries)
- Dream Job II (2004)
- Dream Job (2004)
- Get Gorgeous (2004) (India)
- Hell's Kitchen (2004 - UK, 2005 - US)
- Kings of Comedy (2004) (UK)
- StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion (2005) (Philippines)
- Little Big Star (2005) (Philippines)
- Next Action Star (2004)
- The Next Great Champ (2004)
- Pinoy Pop Superstar (2004) (Philippines)
- Popstars Live (2004) (Australia)
- Project Runway (2004) (US)
- Wickedly Perfect (2004) (US)
- The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best (2004)
- Star Circle Quest (2004) (Philippines)
- Strictly Come Dancing (2004) (UK)
- Super Singer (2004) (India)
- The X Factor (2004) (UK)
- Britain's Worst Celebrity Driver (2005) (UK)
- Celebrity Wrestling (2005) (UK)
- La Academia (2002) (Mexico)
- Filmstjerne (2005) (Norway)
- Football Icon (2005) (UK)
- Get Gorgeous II (2005) (India)
- Hit Me Baby One More Time (2005) (UK)
- Launchpad (2005) (India)
- The Next Food Network Star (2005)
- Rock Star INXS (2005)
- The Scholar (2005)
- So You Think You Can Dance (2005)
- "Pinoy Big Brother" (2005) (Philippines)
- Strictly Dance Fever (2005) (UK)
- The Ultimate Fighter (2005–present, USA, Spike)
- StarStruck: The Next Level (2006) (Philippines)
- The All Star Talent Show (2006) (UK)
- America's Got Talent (2006)
- American Inventor (2006) (ABC)
- Dancing on Ice (2006) (UK)
- Dirty Dancing (2006)
- Just the Two of Us (2006) (UK)
- Knight School (2006, USA, ESPN)
- The One: Making a Music Star (2006)
- Pinoy Dream Academy (2006) (Philippines)
- Rock Star: Supernova (2006)
- Skating With Celebrities (2006) (US)
- Soapstar Superstar (2006) (UK)
- Top Chef (2006)
- Who Wants to be a Superhero? (2006) (Sci-fi)
- Grease: You're the One that I Want! (2007)
- Megasztár (2004) (2005) (2006) (Hungary)
- Ego Trip's The "White" Rapper Show (2007)
- The Next Iron Chef (2007, US, Food Network)
- Phenomenon (2007, US, NBC)
- Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (2007, US)
- The Singing Bee (2007)
- The Shot (2007, US)
- America's Most Smartest Model (2007, US)
- America's Best Dance Crew (2008, US)
- Celebrity Bainisteoir (2008–present, Ireland)
- Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme (2008)
- Fáilte Towers (2008, Ireland)
- Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (2008)
- My Kid's a Star (2008)
- I Know My Kid's a Star (2008)
- Scream Queens (2008)
- Redemption Song (2008)
- Just Dance (2010) (UK)
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.
While not reality TV in the proper sense, these scripted parody shows reflect the level of pop culture status that reality TV has achieved.