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10 reality TV shows that are completely fake (+Photos)

Reality TV shows that are completely fake: When shows like The Real World first hit the airwaves, everyone was in awe of exposing a less scripted, more “real” TV show. While these shows are entertaining and may make us feel more connected to the characters we are viewing, they aren’t always as “real” as the show’s production team would like us to believe.


It’s part of a producer’s job to produce the best show possible, that means creating memorable (and somewhat believable) characters, creating (or “capturing”) drama and conflict, and providing a cohesive plot thread for everything happening on the show. If these elements of show production didn’t exist, the shows we watched wouldn’t be as cohesive or linear as we have seen. In addition to the rise of these faked (or largely altered) reality shows, there has also been a rise in the world of “mockumentaries” which include shows like Animal Planet’s Mermaids and the channel’s most recent mockumentary, The Cannibal in the Jungle, which was scripted and completely fake.

Why are these shows so popular? Because we love reality television. We feel more connected when the word “reality” is slapped on a show, no matter how unbelievable a show may in fact be. It’s understandable that reality shows can’t be totally transparent, but these ten shows go beyond creating a tweak or two in characters or story lines to project a show that is totally fake. In these shows, we are given a scenario that is largely staged or altered. Does this impact the entertainment value of a show? Not necessarily. However, some people may feel differently knowing the truth behind the reality of their favorite reality shows.

10. House Hunters & House Hunters International

The shows House Hunters and House Hunters International on the HGTV channel feature people who are house hunting for their dream home. The show takes viewers along as the buyers browse different houses, debate the pros and cons of each home, and decide upon a home they’d like to purchase. What the show doesn’t tell you is that it’s all staged. As former show participants have revealed, the majority of what House Hunters gives viewers is an illusion. As former show participant Bobi noted on the Hooked on Houses blog, to be accepted for the show, she (and her family) had to have already secured a home to purchase in order to be on the show. It isn’t hard to believe, seeing as you never see an owner on the show be turned down (only countered) on their offer for a home. While the show has a fun house buyer escapism aspect to it, the reality is less than entertaining. Also See: 10 wonders of the ancient world – You will be so surprised to see this! (+Photos)



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