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Old March 5th, 2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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What was the first reality show?

COPS has been said to be the first true reality show without a cast. What was the first reality show with a cast (participants) in the last 5 years? I can't remember because there's been so many.

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Old March 5th, 2006, 02:52 PM   #2
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MTV's "The Real World" comes to mind, but it is older than that.

Maybe you can find what you're looking for in this list:
http://www.realitytvlinks.com/

There is also reality tv mag (might have info somewhere):
http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/blog/
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Old March 5th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #3
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Yep, Real World started back in 1991 or so. I shouldn't have said in the last 5 years but I meant when it really got heavy in the programming on the networks.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 04:00 PM   #4
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Wait a second James...

Are you saying The Brady Bunch wasn't the first one ?
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Old March 5th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #5
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Oh yeah, that's back when everybody minded their parents and punishment was a reality!
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:33 PM   #8
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Anyone one remember "An American Family" on PBS in the 70's. They followed a LA family around with cameras.

Debuted January 1973.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:43 PM   #9
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I think that's the one that I originally mentioned in my first post but I removed it because I didn't think anyone would remember it. I never knew about it until I saw a show tlalking about it actually being the first reality show. Wasn't it kind of controversial, especially for that time period, because of how violent and unpredictable it was?

When I say reality show, I mean not in a studio and not with a live audience.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:54 PM   #10
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As I recall...The family had a rich liberal father, society mother and and one of their sons was realllllly gay. His name was Lance, I think.. I remember watching this each week. I was in High School. I am surprised I remember this much. I thought the show was compelling. Like nothing else on TV at the time. Good production also.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 11:03 PM   #11
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...realllllly gay.
As oppossed to those not very gay ones.

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Yeah..Wearing womens clothing, make-up and nail polish equals reallllllllllllllllllllly gay. Extra-Shocking Gay for TV in the 70's.
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Ohhhhh

That is really gay

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Old March 6th, 2006, 09:45 AM   #14
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IMO, BBC had the first "reality show". They had a camera crew documenting, for several weeks, an English family with very "difficult to raise" children in the heart of London. Something about unemployment...such and such.

I was just a kid watching this so this was filmed around the mid 70's. As far as I recall, they were there filming from morning to night and even while the family slept.
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Yeah..Wearing womens clothing, make-up and nail polish equals reallllllllllllllllllllly gay. Extra-Shocking Gay for TV in the 70's.
Extra-Shocking..........LMAO!!!
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