Reality TV shows are the bread and butter of American television. Whether it’s a trashy matchmaking competition or wholesome home renovations, audiences waste hours in front of the tv either envying or abhorring the show’s participants. Well as it turns out, most of these programs are staged for dramatic effect. Big shocker I know. Here are a few shows where ‘reality’ is not all that it seems.
I mean this one is kind of a given. These guys tramp through abandoned buildings with a bunch of made-up ghost-detecting equipment to supposedly capture a glimpse of the undead. They’ll say things like, “My ectoplasmic radar is detecting an ethereal energy source coming from the other room,” when really it’s just the camera guy kicking rocks around or farting offscreen.
Another big surprise, ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are very much influenced by their producers and network staff. Whether it’s stirring up drama between contestants or provoking tears for an up-close questionnaire, these shows prove that true love is not found when 30 people compete for a single individual.
Sorry moms, but House Hunters is far from legit. Rather than choosing couples that are ready to start looking for homes, HGTV finds people that are far along in their search and stages the whole thing to look like they found the perfect match in a matter of days. A more accurate title would be ‘Home Owners Touring the Houses They Didn’t Buy.’
Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Ahh yes, that show full of relatable moments and realistic body standards. KUWTK ran for 20 seasons and was full of scripted scenarios and drama. From fake marriage proposals to stand-in model houses, it seems like the producers thought following millionaires and billionaires around all day would get boring without adding some spice to the mix.
I already know I’m going to get some hate for this one. The 40 season reality show that pits contestants against each other on a remote island has plenty of bells and whistles that keep it from portraying true reality. Participants and crew from the show have revealed how the producers employ everything from body doubles to reenacted shots to fire and food provided off-screen for the members of the show. Being a contestant on Survivor still doesn’t look like a walk in the park, but I guess nothing does with a little TV-editing magic.