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Real TV
Genre Reality
Presented by John Daly (1996-2000)
Kristen Eykel (1999-2000)
Ahmad Rashād (2000-2001)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Producer(s) RTV News Inc.
Location(s) Mesa, Arizona
Running time 30 min.
Original channel Syndication
Original run September 9, 1996 – September 7, 2001

Real TV (commonly known as America's Best Caught on Tape) is a reality television program that ran in syndication from September 9, 1996 - September 7, 2001. It aired footage of extraordinary events that were not usually covered in mainstream news. It is currently being aired on WGN America on Sundays. It was often played on Spike TV until 2006. Occasionally, it runs on the Fox Reality Channel.


The Idea

Real TV usually showed home and amateur video. The types of incidents portrayed were often daring rescues, escapes, stunts, and accidents. Clips containing violence or injury were not shown often. The clips had a narration provided by the host of the show, and were commonly set to a soundtrack to heighten the drama. Other clips have included TV show bloopers, human interest stories, and inventions.


The show was hosted by John Daly (no relation to the golfer of the same name) from its beginning in 1996 - 2000. During Daly's run, the show took on a theme similar to that of a news show, even featuring various correspondents to present the stories along with him. Featured correspondents included Sibila Vargas, Michael Brownlee, John Johnston, Lisa G., and Ellen K. William B. Davis, best known as Cigarette Smoking Man from the sci-fi TV series The X-Files, also made occasional appearances.

Various segments appeared in episodes, usually just as a way to thread featured videos of a similar nature. One feature that appeared often was "Quick Clips", which featured a number of quick video highlights of some amazing footage. Each episode ended with the "Real TV Quiz", which generally featured video footage of a celebrity before they became famous, challenging the viewer to guess who they were during the commercial break. In season 4 of the show, John Daly was joined by Kristin Eykel.

When Daly and Eykel quit the show, he was replaced by Ahmad Rashād, who was the host until the show's end. Rashād's version of Real TV had a new set, introduction, and announcer. The correspondents from Daly's run did not appear, nor did the themed segments or news show atmosphere. The show seemingly became targeted towards younger viewers, featuring more extreme sports footage, and less focus on human interest stories and celebrities. The show was cancelled in 2001, and was replaced in many markets by the similar (though more humorous) Maximum Exposure, which ran original episodes until 2003 and continues to air in syndication (Maximum Exposure was produced under the RTV News banner).

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