Crizic brings list of 7 best Western reality shows of all time.
Survivor, which was inspired by the 1997 Swedish docu-series Expedition Robinson, is the be-all end-all of reality television. Clocking in at an outstanding 29 seasons, the Emmy-nominated reality competition show hit American televisions back in 2000 and has been keeping viewers on the edge of their seats ever since. The basis of the show is as simple: a group of strangers are deserted on an island and must drop their first-world instincts and, as the title suggests, survive. Over the course of the competition, contestants must compete in physical challenges to avoid elimination. The winner of Survivor gets a million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor. It’s easy to see why it’s got a consistent record-breaking viewership.
6. The Real World
The Real World may not have been the very first reality TV show (that would belong to Dutch reality soap opera Nummer 28), but it’s certainly the one that made the genre a true phenomenon. (The fact that ‘real’ is in the name says a lot.) Not only did the show, created by visionaries Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, popularize the genre, the first 10 seasons—the series took a turn for the ratchet once seven strangers hit Las Vegas—were a legitimate study of how actual young people behaved and acted on camera.
5. American Idol
Simon Cowell’s sing-off showed that reality could be a real celebrity maker, creating platinum sellers and an Oscar winner and launching hits on iTunes.
4. Masterchef US
Food was never so, so beautiful before Masterchef.
3. Impractical Jokers
The show differs from other prank television programs in that the stars of Impractical Jokers do not know the details of the prank until the moment they are performing it on strangers. While one cast-member performs the prank, the other three comedians in the troupe are behind the scenes feeding lines to their friend via microphone (with an earpiece). The lines fed to the prankster are meant to create a humorous and awkward exchange between the prankster and the stranger being pranked. Awesome concept!
2. The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race is one of those shows you’ll never get tired or bored watching. We all enjoy seeing different cultures, seeing different environment. This show proves we don’t need those silly dramas in a show. TAR is a clean show yet full of adrenaline.
1. Big Brother
When it comes to Reality TV, Big Brother will always be the king. Because he is always watching you.