The Best Docusoaps and Dramatic Reality Documentary Series

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The best docusoaps mix reality television and documentary to offer an unscripted look into a world.  While some docusoaps follow the exploits of a unique family, other docusoaps examine the difficulties of specific professions and subcultures. Many different kinds of reality series offer documentary-style drama, letting audiences behind the scenes and letting the plot occur more naturally, offering a more realistic sense of story.

From MTV's True Life, which follows people involved in different subjects each episode, to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which has many spin-offs and long, ongoing stories - docusoaps offer the audience a stronger feeling of authenticity. That's not to say documentary reality series aren't edited to up the tension or tighten a story, just that the plot arcs in reality documentary series such as Toddlers & Tiaras or Duck Dynasty feel as much like a docuseries as they do a reality show.

Vote up the best docusoaps and documentary reality series and vote down the shows that don't bring the drama!

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  • NYC Prep
    1

    NYC Prep

    Jessica Leavitt, Sebastian Oppenheim, Kelli Tomashoff
    6 votes
    • Premiered: June 16, 2009

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  • Jockeys
    2
    Chantal Sutherland, Alex Solis, Kayla Stra
    6 votes
    • Premiered: February 6, 2009

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  • David Tutera's CELEBrations
    3

    David Tutera's CELEBrations

    David Tutera
    6 votes
    • Premiered: 2014
  • The Casino
    4

    The Casino

    Matt Dusk, Thomas Breitling
    6 votes
    • Premiered: 2004
  • BBQ Pitmasters
    5

    BBQ Pitmasters

    Myron Mixon, Art Smith, Warren Sapp
    6 votes
    • Premiered: December 3, 2009

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  • The Crocodile Hunter
    6
    Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, Sui the Dog
    11 votes
    • Premiered: January 5, 1995

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