The best reality dramas include programs that keep viewers interested with compelling stories and fascinating characters. Yes, reality dramas are technically reality TV, but they aren't silly. They're often serious, sometimes dangerous and always entertaining. This list includes some of the best dramatic reality shows ever on television, so be sure to vote for your favorites. You can also add any outstanding reality dramas that are missing, and rerank the lists to suit your taste!
Many television dramas are popular because they have great, scripted story lines. Not so with reality TV dramas: These are reality shows that manage to keep viewers glued to their televisions with real life happenings. Examples of these kinds of shows include the Discovery Channel's documentary-style reality TV drama Deadliest Catch, the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers and MTV's reality drama series Teen Mom.
And things don't always turn out well on these shows: In 2010, while filming Deadliest Catch, boat Captain Phil Harris became gravely ill. Cameras continued to roll, and Harris later died from complications of a massive stroke.
Some of the best reality dramas on television are medical in nature. Examples include ABC's NY Med, TLC's Trauma: Life in the E.R., and A&E's Emmy-winning addiction program Intervention. These programs follow real-life events in major hospitals and chronicle the journeys of people who are trying to overcome potentially deadly addictions.What is your favorite reality drama? Again, vote for the shows you like the most, vote down any you think aren't worthy and remember to rerank if you're so inclined.
Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality televisionIce Road Truckers (History, 2007) is a reality television series. It features the activities... more
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Genres (Tv): Drama, Documentary, Reality televisionDeadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It... more
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Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Documentary, Reality televisionCops (Fox, 1988) is an American documentary-reality legal series and one of the... more
Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality televisionUndercover Boss (CBS, 2009) is an American reality television series, based on the British... more
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Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality televisionIntervention (A&E, 2005) is an American documentary television series created by Sam Mettler.... more
Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Reality televisionTrauma: Life in the E.R. is a medical-based television reality show that formerly ran on TLC... more
Genres (Tv): Reality televisionBig Brother (CBS, 2000) is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV... more
Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality televisionHoarders (A&E, 2009) is an American reality television series that depicts the real-life... more
Genres (Tv): Reality televisionThe Osbournes (MTV, 2002) is an American reality television program. It features the domestic... more
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Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality televisionShark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and... more
Genres (Tv): Reality televisionThe Real World (MTV, 1992) is an American reality television program inspired by the 1973 PBS... more