Definition of reality TV in US English:

reality TV

(also reality television)


  • Television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative.

    • ‘Well, it provides riveting reality TV without involving a situation that is too artificial.’
    • ‘The only thing that seems to get the majority of young people excited is reality TV and sugarcoated music.’
    • ‘There is an awful lot of reality TV on television at the moment, I think it has gone mad, there's just so much of it.’
    • ‘One of the criticisms levelled at reality TV is that it is anything but real.’
    • ‘We need more real reporting and less reality TV shows, and then let's see how deep that rabbit hole is.’
    • ‘Trevor Phillips thinks reality TV is a force for good race relations.’
    • ‘What is it about the new crop of reality TV programs that has so many viewers riveted?’
    • ‘One may wonder why he has decided to attempt this at a time when reality TV is rapidly losing its popularity.’
    • ‘In other words, Jack's experiences will be as humiliating as anything seen on real reality TV.’
    • ‘If you take a look at how those survivors of reality TV are being treated, you can see her point.’
    • ‘Conditions were as far from perfect as reality TV is from entertaining.’
    • ‘This is war as reality TV and, as is usual with such programmes, it sometimes doesn't seem quite real.’
    • ‘Even given the current vogue for reality TV, the media have been rather coy in embracing court TV.’
    • ‘Some would argue that it is the widespread myth that the camera never lies that has kept reality TV alive as a genre.’
    • ‘They can make something out of nothing, which I guess is the description of reality TV.’
    • ‘Well, it was just a matter of time before reality TV became a serious object of study.’


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