History of Reality TV

Timeline created by JCase47
  • First Ever Reality TV Show

    First Ever Reality TV Show
    Candid CameraDebuting in 1948, Allen Funt's hidden camera Candid Camera show (based on his previous 1947 radio show, Candid Microphone) broadcast unsuspecting ordinary people reacting to pranks.
  • First TV Game Show

    First TV Game Show
    Beat the Clock involved contestants in wacky competitions, stunts, and practical jokes. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=godnlKr5C84
  • Miss America

    Miss America
    Miss America HistoryFirst time Miss America was televised nationally. Thanks to this the winner ever since has been seen as a national celebrity.
  • First Reality Show in United Kingdom

    First Reality Show in United Kingdom
    Seven Up!, broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary seven-year-olds from a broad cross section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life. Every seven years, a film documented the life of the same individuals during the intervening period, titled 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, etc. The series 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.
  • The Dating Game

    The Dating Game
    The Dating GameFirst Aired in 1965 The Dating Game was the first show were contestants were willing to sacrafice some of their own dignity for the opportunity to be on tv.
    Generally the bachelorette would ask questions written in advance on cards to each of the three hidden bachelors. The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. This continued until time ran out. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions. Occasionally, the bachelor would ask questions to thr
  • First Reality Show in Today's Sense

    First Reality Show in Today's Sense
    An American FamilyThe first reality show in the modern sense may have been the 12-part 1973 PBS series An American Family, which showed a nuclear family (filmed in 1971) going through a divorce; unlike many later reality shows, it was more or less documentary in purpose and style. Show Clip
  • COPS

    COPS
    Cops HistoryShowed police officers on duty apprehending criminals; it introduced the camcorder look and cinéma vérité feel of much of later reality television. Cops Intro
  • Computer-Based non-linear editing system

    Computer-Based non-linear editing system
    Started in 1989 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)
  • First Mixing of Strangers

    First Mixing of Strangers
    The series Nummer 28, which aired on Dutch television in 1991, originated 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.
  • MTV Starts The Real World

    MTV Starts The Real World
    The Real World Originally intended to be an MTV spin on the traditional TV soap opera, executive producers, Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, found the first concept of the show to be too expensive for their budget. The solution to this dilemma proved to be revolutionary as far as TV goes: dump the screen-writers and actors, and instead opt for real people.
  • First Makeover Type Reality Show

    First Makeover Type Reality Show
    Changing Rooms, a TV show that began in 1996, showed couples redecorating each others' houses, and was the first reality show[citation needed] with a self-improvement or makeover theme.
  • First Competition and Elimination Show

    First Competition and Elimination Show
    HistoryThe TV show Expedition Robinson, created by TV producer Charlie Parsons, which first aired in 1997 in Sweden (and was later produced in a large number of other countries as Survivor), added to the Nummer 28/Real World template the idea of competition and elimination, in which cast members/contestants battled against each other and were removed from the show until only one winner remained. (These shows are now sometimes called elimination shows).
  • Reality BOOM

    Reality BOOM
    Reality television saw an explosion of global popularity starting in the summer of 2000, with the successes of Big Brother and Survivor (in the US).
  • Chart Toppers In the US

    Chart Toppers In the US
    Survivor and American Idol have both topped the US season-average television ratings since 2000. Survivor led the ratings in 2001–02, and Idol topped the ratings six consecutive years, from 2004–05 to 2009–10).
  • Discovery of Misleading Editing

    In 2004, VH1 aired a program called Reality TV Secrets Revealed, which detailed various misleading tricks of reality TV producers.[42] According to the show, various reality shows (notably Joe Millionaire) combined audio and video from different times, or from different sets of footage, to create an artificial illusion of time chronology that did not occur, and a misportrayal of participant behaviors and actions.
  • FIrst Ever Reality Show aired over Game Console

    FIrst Ever Reality Show aired over Game Console
    The Tester, a playstation made reality show from PSN brings gamers from all backgrounds of life and brings them together to compete for a chance to become the next Sony Gametester. This show is now in its third Season Tester Video