Reality TV – Outline
Thesis statement: statement reality show is a television program which documents real
people, not professional actors and unscripted real-life situations as opposed to fictional
characters played by professional actors.
1. History of reality TV
A. Reality shows seemingly have a short history
B. Reality TV programs emerged towards the end of 1940
C. In 1948 two producers – Ted Mack and Arthur Geoffrey aired talent show known
as Amateur Hour and Talent Scout respectively
D. Later in 1950, game realities show known as the beat, the clock and the truck
E. In 1959, the show confession emerged
A. Seven Up! Was aired by Granada television in 1964
B. The show American Sportsman aired between 1956 and 1986 prides itself as the
first reality show of the modern era
C. In 1966, Andy Warhol produced the film Chelsea Girls
D. In 1970, the film American family emerged.
3. 1980 – 1990s
A. George Shatter was able to produce the film Real People which aired up to 1984.
B. In 1989, the film Fox emerged and featured police officers on duty apprehending
C. In 1991, the series Nummer 28 emerged.
D. In 1994, the murder case trial of OJ Simpson had been described as a seminal
moment in reality television
4. 2000- 2010.
A. Period between 2000 and 2010 witnessed the significant explosion of reality TV
B. This period witnessed the emergence there television channels devoted to air
5. The societal impact of the reality TV on women
A. Source of inspiration to women encouraging them to overcome several societal
issues such as gender-based violence
B. Many women have learned unacceptable behavior through these television series
Running head: REALITY TV
History of reality TV
According to Ikoro, Omessah, & Ekvere (2015) reality show is a television program,
which documents real people, not professional actors and actual unscripted events contrary to
imaginary characters that skilled performers play. There are three types of real-life TV shows
including talent, game and dating shows. However, the scope of this kind of show has
significantly widened in the recent past.
According to Patino (2011), unlike other shows, reality shows seemingly have a short
history. Even though most studies have pointed out the first reality show traces to 1970s, Patino
argues that one of the most famous reality TV programs emerged towards the end of 1940 when
Allen Funt brought real cameras into the lives of millions of people. This show which
concentered on funny pranks and hilarious situations, gained popularity among the audiences and
was aired for years. In 1948 two producers –Ted Mack and Arthur Geoffrey aired talent show
known as Amateur Hour and Talent Scout respectively (Patino 201...