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Reality television is a genre of television programming that has unscripted actual events, dramatic and/or humorous situations, and most of the time include ordinary people instead of actors. Reality shows also a majority of the time involve a contest or other situation where someone is competing for a prize. The genre has existed in some form or another since the early years of television, began in the 1990's, and completely exploded to a worldwide phenomenon between 1999-2000.