While we know that there's some smoke and mirrors involved in reality television, we'd prefer to pretend that our favorite reality shows are actually...well, real. Unfortunately, that's simply not the case (most of the time). If you have ever watched the show UnREAL, you know exactly what I mean. Reality TV is very produced, meaning that it's fabricated by a bunch of people who want to make really good TV. So sure, some of it is real, but all of the drama is magnified. And a lot of it is not real, because a fictional story is often better than the real story. But hey, does it really matter if you know that some of the show is scripted or some of it's all smoke and mirrors? No, of course it doesn't. You're still going to pop open a bottle of wine, sit back, relax, and enjoy the mayhem anyway.
Some reality TV insiders took to Reddit to spill the dirty deets about your favorite reality shows.
Ugh, don't tell us that the drama on our favorite dating shows is staged. While there's a certain amount of reality to the drama on shows like The Bachelor, much of the drama is created by the producers, who manipulate the environment to make the contestants as crazy as possible. So if you are watching Arie's season right now, just know that some of the craziest contestants (*cough* Annaliese *cough*) may not actually be that crazy IRL. The show can literally turn (somewhat) sane women into crazies. (Which is why we watch it, tbh.)
A Reddit user that used to work on a reality dating show said, "It's like prison, [the contestants] are completely cut out from the outside world (no computer, books, phones, watches) and they are fed mostly booze. They all go insane. Also, if the show doesn't air, they don't win their prize money. This is a standard for all competition reality shows."
HGTV marathoners are in for a disappointment. The endings of Love It Or List It are a bit fabricated. That couple that "loved" their newly revamped home? Turns out, they may have actually listed their home, but the producers decided to craft the ending to their liking.
"My aunt and uncle were on Love It Or List It they had them record both endings and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it."
Good news, TLC addicts: Apparently, Say Yes To The Dress is the real deal.
"Say Yes To The Dress is real. My sister and a few friends have gotten their dresses there, and while they didn't appear on the show (you get asked when you make your appointment), their experiences were the exact same as TV."
The Sharks wouldn't put up with the producers faking or manipulating story lines...they're just too professional and way too cutthroat. So fans of Shark Tank can rest assured that this is one reality TV show that's pretty darn real.
A Reddit user confirms: "A friend of mine was on Shark Tank recently... Everything about the show seemed to be a hundred percent real. The only difference is that the actual meeting with the sharks takes hours instead of what it's edited down to (roughly 10 minutes)."
Want to be on Divorce Court but aren't married? Turns out, that's not a problem! Just grab your significant other (or maybe a random from the street?) and you have a chance to score your 15 minutes of fame on this popular court TV program.
How Real Is "Divorce" When You're Not Even Married?
"My daughter and her boyfriend were on Divorce Court. They were not married, and the show's producers helped them tailor their story (which was completely made up) to be more interesting," a Reddit user said. "They are now married and since they've already been 'divorced,' it should last forever."
Say it isn't so! Our favorite real estate brothers aren't everything we've imagined them to be? (Attractive and charismatic, with a killer sense of interior design style...)
"My wife and I were on Property Brothers," A Reddit user claimed. "The house we 'bought' we'd been living in for 3 years already. The entire montage of us looking for new homes (one of which was already our home) was staged."
"Jonathan (contractor) didn't do any work or design, except for on his hair. Drew (realtor) didn't do anything either because we already owned the house and he's not licensed in the town I live in. All the work was done by me and a good friend of mine who was the hired contractor for the show in the city we live in."
Does this mean we'll stop watching the Property Brothers or any of our other favorite HGTV shows? Or really any of our other favorite reality shows? Nah, probably not. They're just too good.