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The Best Docusoaps and Dramatic Reality Documentary Series

Updated May 7, 2021 2.9k votes 49 voters173 items

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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!