25 Reality TV Shows That Are Far From Reality

Posted by on June 13, 2013

The Amazing Race, Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, American Idol; all of these are names of shows that claim to be reality tv. The premise of these shows is to present to the audience an unscripted situation (hence the reality aspect of if). However, the misconception can occur to where the show may be compared to actual life situations. The truth is these shows are far from reality as our 25 reality TV shows that are far from reality list will demonstrate.


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Ghost Hunters

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An American paranormal reality television series, Ghost Hunters first aired on October 6, 2004 and features several paranormal investigators, including Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. In the series, these paranormal investigators explore places that are reportedly haunted. In 2008, it was criticized by several critics when in one of its episodes, the collar of the lead investigator, Grant Wilson, was claimed to have been pulled down by an “unforeseen” force three times. Because one of his hands was strangely positioned at his side during the video, critics were led to believe that it was only him who was pulling a string to make his collar move.

24

The Bachelor

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The Bachelor is an American dating game show that started in 2002, hosted by veteran television personality and news anchor Chris Harrison. The other two famous dating game show related to The Bachelor are The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad. It was revealed that The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are all scripted shows, characterized by the producers’ editing of footage to create a fictional storyline and bullying to make contestants say things to the camera.

23

The Pick-Up Artist

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Another American dating themed show, The Pick-Up artist features male contestants described to be “unsuccessful” when it comes to love and relationships thus they are taught how to “pick-up” women in different situations. The level of difficulty changes as the show progresses causing other men to be eliminated from the dating game. However, the show was put into controversy after the discovery of fake profiles released by the show regarding its contestants. The Pick-Up Artist was generally questioned whether or not it was “staged.”

22

Cake Boss

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Cake Boss is an American reality television series that follows a family-owned business’ – Carlo’s Bakery – making of cakes and handling interpersonal relationships between members of the family and the workers in the shop. It premiered in 2009 in cable television network TLC, and extended up to six seasons with the last season’s debut on May 27, 2013. In 2010, Masters Software, Inc. of cakeboss.com and CakeBoss bakery management program, and Discovery Communications of Valastro’s Cake Boss reached an agreement after an issue arose causing confusion over identical trademarks. Cake Boss also suffered from criticisms after its producers breached an agreement with a special guest from the LGBT community.



21

Joe Millionaire

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Said to be wildly successful and most-watched reality television series after its first season finale, Joe Millionaire as broadcasted in Fox became a cultural phenomenon in 2003 after its premiere. The show’s trick is characterized by a man presented to have won millions of dollars and is finding a woman to marry him. He dates a group of women and eliminates one for each episode, until only one of them remains. The secret about the real identity of the man, Evan Mariott (Season 1), who is actually a construction worker, is revealed to the woman at the end of the show and if the woman decides to stay with Mariott they both win a check worth a million dollar. However, this just does not happen in real life.