TV Series/TV Mini-Series, Reality-TV (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Come and Be Televised (1939–1947)

Reality-TV

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Stars: Jasmine Bligh, Baroness Bonnor, I. Buller, S.W. Carmen

2. Candid Camera (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Reality-TV

7.2
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, John Garfield

Votes: 113

3. Handwriting Analyst (1949– )

10 min | Reality-TV

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Aired in a 10-minute time-slot (later 15-minute), a handwriting analyst analyzes some handwriting and describes characteristics they supposedly reveal about the writer.

Star: Shirley Spencer

4. Community Auditions (1950–1987)

60 min | Musical, Reality-TV

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Stars: Gene Burns, Dave Maynard

5. WWE (1952– )

TV-PG | Action, Reality-TV, Sport

8.1
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WWE was founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. As of 2018, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding over 500 events a year,... See full summary »

Votes: 208

6. This Is Your Life (1952–1987)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

7.8
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Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Bob Warren, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton

Votes: 196

7. Candid Camera (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

7.5
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, Johnny Roventini

Votes: 57

8. Tabloid (1953– )

30 min | Reality-TV

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A half-hour TV reality show with interviews, news, and other events in different locations around Canada. And was broadcast live and recorded. Which ran on weeknights from 1953-1960. This ... See full summary »

Stars: Joyce Davidson, Max Ferguson, Percy Saltzman

9. Queen for a Day (1956–1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

5.5
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Four women, each with a sob story, vie to become "Queen for a Day."

Stars: Gene Baker, Jack Bailey, Rae Sunshine Lee, Marguerite Renish

Votes: 66

10. Swallow's Juniors (1957–1970)

30 min | Music, Reality-TV

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Stars: Brian Naylor, Yvonne Barrett, Margie Bayes, Debra Byrne

11. Divorce Court (1957–1969)

30 min | Drama, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

3.4
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An early example of reality-based courtroom drama, "Divorce Court" presented cases where divorcing couples presented their stories before Judge Voltaire Perkins, who always rendered his ... See full summary »

Stars: Voltaire Perkins, Bill Welsh, Ian Abercrombie, Ernestine Barrier

Votes: 16

12. Snillen spekulerar (1959– )

Reality-TV

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A scientific roundabout talk program where some of the Nobel Prize winners together discuss research, driving forces and future visions.

Stars: Bengt Feldreich, Nik Gowing, Sarah Montague, Zeinab Badawi

13. Candid Camera (II) (1960–1976)

Comedy, Reality-TV

7.3
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Stars: Peter Dulay, Arthur Atkins, Sheila Bernette, Bill Lynton

Votes: 47

14. Das Freitagsmagazin (1960–1963)

45 min | Documentary, News, Reality-TV

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Star: Roman Brodmann

15. Candid Camera (I) (1960–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

6.8
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, Durward Kirby, Sid Ramin, Dorothy Collins

Votes: 336

16. Seven-O-One (1960–1963)

Reality-TV

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17. Vorsicht Kamera (1961–1964)

Reality-TV

6.2
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Stars: Chris Howland, Helli Pagel

Votes: 9

18. Winning Pins (1961–1974)

60 min | Reality-TV, Sport

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A children's version of Candlepin Bowling, showcasing the best bowlers under 16 years of age.

Star: Jim Britt

19. Chan Canasta (1962–1966)

25 min | Reality-TV

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Magician and illusionist Chan Canasta asks guests for answers in a series of baffling experiments.

Stars: Chan Canasta, George Cansdale, Billy Wright, Babs Beverley

20. The French Chef (1962–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Reality-TV

8.9
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Julia Child teaches the art of French cooking.

Star: Julia Child

Votes: 161

21. Piilokamera (1962– )

20 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

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Stars: Aarre Elo, Matti Kuusla

22. Your Funny, Funny Films (1963– )

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

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Summer replacement show featuring amateur home movies especially involving humorous scenes and events.

Star: George Fenneman

23. Saga of Western Man (1963–1969)

60 min | Documentary, Family, Reality-TV

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Stars: John H. Secondari, Fredric March, Sidney Blackmer, Claude Frank

24. Towards 2000 (1964–1965)

30 min | Reality-TV

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A series that looks at the implications of the next 40 years and the probable problems we face in the year 2000, such as over population and automation used in the work place.

Stars: Asa Briggs, Frank Jessup, David Allison, Christopher Foster

25. Specchio segreto (1964– )

Comedy, Reality-TV

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Star: Nanni Loy

26. That's for Me (1964–1965)

50 min | Music, Reality-TV

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A 'write in and request' show.

Stars: Anne Nightingale, Daniel Farson, Harry Fowler, Georgie Fame

27. Disc-O-Teen (1965–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

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A hosted live dance program with John Zacherle as "Zacherley" on WNJU-TV Channel 47 Newark, New Jersey during 1965 to 1967.

Star: John Zacherle

28. Kazoku sorotte uta gassen (1966– )

Reality-TV

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29. The Pied Piper (1966–1971)

30 min | Reality-TV

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Stars: Keith Smith, Craig Walker

30. Search for Beauty (1966–1967)

30 min | Reality-TV

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Star: Billy Raymond

31. Dream Girl of '67 (1966–1967)

TV-14 | 25 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

5.4
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This Chuck Barris new entry had 3 Hosts, 3 Hostesses and 1 sub-host for a week presided over the daily all-year-long beauty pageant. The Host will introduce the girls aged from 18 to 27 ... See full summary »

Stars: Johnny Jacobs, Karen Valentine, Dick Stewart, Paul Petersen

Votes: 12

32. Intocht van Sinterklaas (1967– )

Adventure, Drama, History

7.7
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Saint Nicolas travels with every Black Piet on his steamboat to a place in the Netherlands where the local mayor and children wait to welcome them. The boat carries many presents for children that are good.

Stars: Bram van der Vlugt, Michiel Kerbosch, Adrie van Oorschot, Aart Staartjes

Votes: 16

33. The Galloping Gourmet (1968– )

30 min | Reality-TV

8.5
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One of the first classic cooking shows, "The Galloping Gourmet" featured charismatic, ribald cook Graham Kerr doing obscenely rich and decadent recipes. The series was a smash hit in Canada... See full summary »

Stars: Graham Kerr, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Amy Vanderbilt

Votes: 82

34. Telekurs für Autofahrer (1968–1969)

Reality-TV

6.2
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Stars: Friedrich von Thun, Will Elfes

Votes: 5

35. Teletalentos (1968– )

Family, Reality-TV

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Star: Marcos de Córdova

36. Question Period (1968– )

60 min | News, Reality-TV

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Stars: Evan Solomon, Francis Philippe Champagne, Richard Fife

37. Mosaik (1969–1991)

Reality-TV

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Stars: Erika Engelbrecht, Helga Feddersen, Erik Ode, Prof. Selberg

38. Queen for a Day (1969– )

Game-Show, Reality-TV

3.9
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Four women who were struggling in some manner competed to be "queen for a day" by spilling their woes. The audience would "vote" for the most worthy via an applause meter.

Stars: Dick Curtis, Carl King, Nancy Myers

Votes: 10

39. Maggie & the Beautiful Machine (1969–1979)

30 min | Reality-TV

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Star: Maggie Lettvin

40. Jobs Around the House (1970–1979)

Reality-TV

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A regional TV show in the UK, set in a garden shed. Presenter would show viewers how to make household items, such as egg cups, themselves out of items such as plastic tubing. Would also show his own creations of abstract art.

Stars: Mike Smith, Jill Smith, Gordon Cooper

41. Yoga for Health (1970– )

Reality-TV

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Stars: Richard Hittleman, Cheryl Fischer, Lynn Marshall

42. This Is Your Life (1971–1973)

30 min | Biography, Reality-TV

8.1
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Stars: Ralph Edwards, Carol Channing, Nanette Fabray, Bette Davis

Votes: 97

43. Cooking Price-Wise (1971– )

30 min | Reality-TV

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Vincent Price demonstrates how to cook dishes from around the world.

Star: Vincent Price

44. All About Faces (I) (1971–1972)

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Reality-TV

4.0
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In "All About Faces," two celebrity teams were shown a vignette in which an average person was secretly filmed. The "average Joe" was eventually caught in the middle of a moral or ethical ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Allen, Rich Little, Jayne Meadows, Gene Rayburn

Votes: 8

45. Mass for You at Home (1971– )

25 min | Reality-TV

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Allows viewers to participate in a Catholic Mass on TV or via the web. It has been running in Australia since 1971 and is still broadcast weekly. It follows the basic outline of the Catholic liturgy.

Star: Richard Leonard

46. Schaukelstuhl (1972–1981)

45 min | Reality-TV

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Stars: Fritz Schindler, Johanna Karl, Carsta Löck, Edith Schultze-Westrum

47. Kaks takti ette (1972– )

51 min | Music, Reality-TV

3.6
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Stars: Lenna Kuurmaa, Elmar Liitmaa, Lauri Saatpalu, Hanna-Liina Võsa

Votes: 5

48. Candid Camera (1972–1973)

25 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

6.2
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Stars: Betty Livanou, Danos Lygizos

Votes: 9

49. Let's Face It (1972– )

30 min | Reality-TV

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Health & beauty magazine show.

Star: Polly Elwes

50. An American Family (1973– )

720 min | Documentary, Music, Reality-TV

5.9
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This was the original "Real World". The show was a weekly documentary which followed the real life travails of the Loud family, a mixed up cluster of suburbanites. The show picked up lots ... See full summary »

Stars: Patricia Loud, Bill Loud, Lance Loud, Kevin Loud

Votes: 196


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