Reality TV is typically anything but real. Whether it’s producers meddling behind the scenes or wannabes acting up for the cameras, the genre has become renowned for its lack of authenticity. However, there are a number of shows which try to stay true to life. From wilderness survival guides to baking contests, here’s a look at 20 of them.
20. Judge Judy
One of the most enduring reality shows on American television, Judge Judy has been dishing out justice since 1996. And the three-time Emmy winner is also one of the most thoroughly researched. In fact, approximately 65 staff members trawl through the nation’s small claims cases trying to find the most intriguing.
Yes, those far-fetched cases you often see on the syndicated show are all-too-real ones which have been taken into arbitration out of court. And the woman who presides over them is no actress, either. Indeed, before becoming the world’s most famous judge, Judy Sheindlin served as a family court judge in Manhattan.