Fake Reality TV Shows

Don't we all love a good entertainment? We sure do! That's why we love Reality TV shows! From cooking shows, singing competitions, and a show about celebrities, it captures the heart of the viewers for years. But did you know that some of them are not real? Read this list of 25 fake reality TV shows to find out!

Image Source: Unsplash/Avel Chuklanov/For Illustrative Purpose

Image Source: Unsplash/Avel Chuklanov/For Illustrative Purpose


SAY YES TO THE DRESS

A popular show that showcases designers and friends or family helping brides-to-be to find their perfect wedding dress. However, past participants revealed that the show has been picking brides beforehand who already have some drama going on to make a more realistic and interesting scene for the cameras. Everything in the show is scripted and produced for the public view.

Image Source: Getty Images/Toronto Star via Getty Images/Anne-Marie Jackson | Behind the scenes photo from Say Yes to the Dress Canada

Image Source: Getty Images/Toronto Star via Getty Images/Anne-Marie Jackson | Behind the scenes photo from Say Yes to the Dress Canada


CUPCAKE WARS

First premiered on December 27, 2009, Cupcake Wars is a reality tv show where 4 bakers compete to be featured in an event with their 1,000 cupcakes. There are 3 rounds and the first round requires bakers to use unusual ingredients to their cupcake. But the truth is, contestants are already informed about these ingredients before the competition.

Image Source: Getty Images/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/John Ewing | Still of Alysia Zoidis, owner of East End Cupcakes, first runner up of Cupcake Wars 2012

Image Source: Getty Images/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images/John Ewing | Still of Alysia Zoidis, owner of East End Cupcakes, first runner up of Cupcake Wars 2012


HOUSE HUNTERS

House Hunters feature individuals, couples, or families looking for their new dream house. But there's a post by user hopeuci on Reddit saying she met someone who was on the show. She finds out that this person already purchased a home but still they made her go to two other houses to pretend she was choosing one between the three. 

Image Source: YouTube/HGTV House Hunter

Image Source: YouTube/HGTV House Hunter


THE BIGGEST LOSER

An American reality competition for obese and overweight contestants where they could win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of weight relative to their initial weight. But it turns out that their weight loss viewed to the public is fake and they are weighed two days beforehand. Contestants are highly encouraged to be lazier than they are.  

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Tyler Golden | Still from season 17 of The Biggest Loser

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Tyler Golden | Still from season 17 of The Biggest Loser


THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW

A very controversial show hosted by Jerry Springer that welcomes both guests and real fights which is pretty unusual for a tv show. However, it was said that the producers picked real people with very interesting stories. These people are highly encouraged to tell things or even curse and fight to make the show crazy.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Virginia Sherwood | Jerry Springer on set

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Virginia Sherwood | Jerry Springer on set


WHAT NOT TO WEAR

This show features stylists Stacy London and Clinton Kelly giving a complete wardrobe makeover and $5000 to a participant. But it was exposed by previous participants that the show handpicked participants who needed help for their fashion. Their clothes are thrown away and they even have to pay taxes for their complete head to toe makeover!

Image Source: YouTube/TLC - What Not To Wear

Image Source: YouTube/TLC - What Not To Wear


CAKE BOSS

An American reality tv series showing celebrity chef Buddy Valastro and his family creating unusual cakes. The show became popular because people loved watching Buddy making these amazing cakes. But it was later revealed that the entire show was directed. Buddy would only be at the Hoboken shop when filming and those out-of-the-world cakes? They're inedible!

Image Source: Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic | Buddy Valastro at the opening of the Cake Boss Cafe

Image Source: Getty Images/Slaven Vlasic | Buddy Valastro at the opening of the Cake Boss Cafe


SURVIVOR

A very popular show with 38 seasons since 2000, Survivor shows contestants forming two tribes and stranded on a remote island. They have to face challenges and survive to win. But even though they are said to survive it by themselves, past participants revealed that the producers and staff gave them food and made a fire for them.

Image Source: Getty Images/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images/Bill Inoshita | Still from Survivor: Cook Islands

Image Source: Getty Images/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images/Bill Inoshita | Still from Survivor: Cook Islands


PROPERTY BROTHERS

The twins Drew and Jonathan Scott help couples build homes from fixer-uppers and renovates it to be their dream home. At the beginning of the show, couples are shown touring in their dream house but find out that they can't have it and that's the time for the twins to shine.

Image Source: YouTube/Nicki Swift - HGTV/Property Brothers

Image Source: YouTube/Nicki Swift - HGTV/Property Brothers

But in reality, these buyers have to buy and renovate a fixer-upper to be on the show. The twins didn't really do a lot of the work on sett. They would be given less work to do for several shots and would only serve as the face of the show. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images for HGTV/Jason Davis | Johnathan and Drew Scott

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images for HGTV/Jason Davis | Johnathan and Drew Scott


DIVORCE COURT

Divorce Court is one of the longest-running syndicated television shows in history. It shows real-life divorcing couples appearing in the court and telling their stories before the judge. There are usual and unusual issues and it makes the show interesting to the public. Though it was rumored that these people are actors with scripted stories to present to the court.

Image Source: YouTube/Divorce Court

Image Source: YouTube/Divorce Court


LONG ISLAND MEDIUM

Theresa Caputo is believed to have the power to communicate with spirits and she became a medium for people who wanted to connect with their deceased loved ones. But, it seems that Theresa doesn't talk to the dead. She's been talking to her producers!

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images for Extra/Bennett Raglin | Theresa Caputo at 'Extra'

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images for Extra/Bennett Raglin | Theresa Caputo at 'Extra'

All the information about her clients have been given to her and it made her the center of scandals. This information was collected through social media, questionnaires, and background checks. The show filmed its final episode on December 13, 2019.

Image Source: Getty Images/FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin | Theresa Caputo at AOL's Build Series

Image Source: Getty Images/FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin | Theresa Caputo at AOL's Build Series


BREAKING AMISH

Aired on TLC from 2012 until 2017, Breaking Amish is about five Anabaptist adults who went to New York to experience a different way of life. Their struggles while adapting to the new environment was shown to the public. However, it was said that these participants already have decided to leave their life behind before appearing in the show.

Image Source: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown | Subjects and Producers of Breaking Amish at a TLC Panel

Image Source: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown | Subjects and Producers of Breaking Amish at a TLC Panel

Their backgrounds were crafted and the relationships between these participants are actually far from being true. They already knew each other very well and two of them already had a child together. It was all made up for the sake of the show!

Image Source: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown | Kate Stoltz of Breaking Amish

Image Source: Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown | Kate Stoltz of Breaking Amish


CRIBS

MTV Cribs provides exclusive tours in celebrity homes. It's too good to be true to roam inside these lavish houses where these famous people live. Although, it was a shock to discover that some celebrities faked their homes even just for a day or two for the show and not only that but also some of their expensive possessions. 

Image Source: Getty Images/PA Images via Getty Images/Ian West | Chris Eubank at an MTV Cribs UK event

Image Source: Getty Images/PA Images via Getty Images/Ian West | Chris Eubank at an MTV Cribs UK event


CATFISH

The show "Catfish" hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph helps people find out if their online partners are real or not. In this modern world, people are now settling to find love on social media and online dating apps. That's why the show is a big success.

Image Source: YouTube/MTV Catfish

Image Source: YouTube/MTV Catfish

But it was said that the participants have to agree to appear on the show before filming and the one collecting all the information about these certain persons, were the producers. Nev and Max digging work is only just an act.

Image Source: YouTube/MTV Catfish - Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, creators of Catfish

Image Source: YouTube/MTV Catfish - Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, creators of Catfish


BEAUTY AND THE GEEK

This Reality TV show pairs beautiful women with intelligent guys as a team competing to win the challenges in each episode. It is unbelievable to have geeks who are socially awkward in the show. It turns out, these guys are really sociable in real life and most of them are paid actors to act as geeky as they can be. 

Image Source: Getty Images/MissIvanchy - 	20th Television/Beauty and the Geek

Image Source: Getty Images/MissIvanchy - 20th Television/Beauty and the Geek


THE BACHELOR & THE BACHELORETTE

An entertaining reality show is known for putting 30 suitors together in a house to compete to win the affection of a gorgeous bachelorette or handsome bachelor. Yet, it was reported that good editing is what really makes the show entertaining. There was also this private conversation between a producer that was coaching contestant Courtney Robertson what to act. 

Image Source: Getty Images/ABC via Getty Images/Kelsey McNeal | The Bachelor Season 24 reunion show

Image Source: Getty Images/ABC via Getty Images/Kelsey McNeal | The Bachelor Season 24 reunion show


KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS

Airing since 2007, Keeping Up With The Kardashians follows the wealthy lifestyle of the Kardashians/Jenner family. The series documented some of their major moments and famous family fights. Being a famous family, they were involved in a lot of rumors and one of them is that their series is fake.

Image Source: Getty Images/WireImage/Jamie McCarthy | The Kardashians at a panel

Image Source: Getty Images/WireImage/Jamie McCarthy | The Kardashians at a panel

Well, it most likely is because the series Producer Russell Jay admitted that there are at least two scenes in the court documents of Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries that were scripted. Not only that, but there are also moments of the Kardashian family that were edited out.  

Image Source: YouTube/ Keeping Up With The Kardashians | Still of Kim in a recent episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians

Image Source: YouTube/ Keeping Up With The Kardashians | Still of Kim in a recent episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians


STORAGE WARS

Professional buyers are bidding on abandoned storage containers in this show. It's entertaining to watch these people bid on assorted items in the locker. What made it fake is that according to Dave Hester, a former star in the show in 2012, items in the containers are directed before the bidding and as well as the auction.

Image Source: YouTube/A&E -  A&E/Storage Wars | Still of Dave Hester, one of the cast members of Storage Wars

Image Source: YouTube/A&E - A&E/Storage Wars | Still of Dave Hester, one of the cast members of Storage Wars


AMERICAN IDOL

An American singing competition that showcases contestants performing in front of a panel of judges in the hope of winning a cash prize and a record label deal. Thousands of people are lining up outside and waiting for auditions every season to be in this show. But these outsides shots are not totally true.

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian | Ryan Seacrest at the Farewell Season of American Idol

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian | Ryan Seacrest at the Farewell Season of American Idol

Contestants lining up outside are waiting to audition first with the producers and they have to get through a few rounds before making it to the judges. The show would also invite contestants that have the potential by scouting them online.

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian | Still of the Farewell Season of American Idol

Image Source: Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian | Still of the Farewell Season of American Idol


BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT

Britain's got talent is loved by fans from around the world. Not only BGT showcase talents from Britain but also welcomes talents around the world. However, one of which they welcomed is a prankster and claimed that the show is fake. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images/Anthony Harvey | Simon Cowell at the Britain's Got Talent Auditions in 2016

Image Source: Getty Images/Getty Images/Anthony Harvey | Simon Cowell at the Britain's Got Talent Auditions in 2016

The comedian Simon Brodkin revealed the secrets of BGT by pretending to be a Jewish rapper called Steven Goldblattwon. He said, "A lot is recreated and manipulated. My arrival, registration, and leaving were all staged." He also added that he was asked to look happy, frustrated, excited while backstage.

Image Source: Getty Image/Britain's Got Talent | A still from a golden buzzer episode of Britain's Got Talent

Image Source: Getty Image/Britain's Got Talent | A still from a golden buzzer episode of Britain's Got Talent


HELL'S KITCHEN

This is Gordon Ramsay cooking show where 18 participants split into two teams would compete to win the final prize. They will be given cooking challenges in every round and the competition happens in real restaurants with real diners. However, the restaurant is actually fake and the diners are paid, actors. 

Image Source: Getty Images/FOX Image Collection via Getty Images | Ramsay on the set of Hell's Kitchen

Image Source: Getty Images/FOX Image Collection via Getty Images | Ramsay on the set of Hell's Kitchen


THE REAL HOUSEWIVES

The Real Housewives documents wealthy wives while maintaining their lifestyle by partying and shopping with other affluent women in various regions around the United States.  It's amusing to have a closer look at these women's lives but sad to say that most of its scenes are not real. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Bravo/Tommy Garcia | Cast of the Real House Wives of Beverly Hills

Image Source: Getty Images/Bravo/Tommy Garcia | Cast of the Real House Wives of Beverly Hills

A lot of it is already set up beforehand like their usual meetups and their fights with other women. They're given scripts by producers on what to say when arguing to make it real and entertaining. Some scenes are also edited to make it even more dramatic. 

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Bravo/Wilford Harewood | Still of the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 5 reunion show

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Bravo/Wilford Harewood | Still of the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 5 reunion show


JUDGE JUDY

Judge Judy is one of the longest-running shows. A former family court judge, Judy Sheindlin presides over real small-cases presented in the courtroom. But she was known for not being a judge for decades and she serves only as arbiter and she can't cover real cases. Also, the people in the courtroom are paid, actors. 

Image Source: Getty Images/Maureen Donaldson | Portrait of Judge Judy

Image Source: Getty Images/Maureen Donaldson | Portrait of Judge Judy


THE VOICE

Aside from American Idol, The Voice is another American singing competition aside with Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera. Contestants would first audition to win the hearts of the coaches then they would compete against one another through several rounds until only one remains to be the winner. 

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Trae Patton | Judges of The Voice Season 12

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Trae Patton | Judges of The Voice Season 12

But according to Adam Weiner, singer of the rock group Low Cut Connie, contestants are cast before the show and they don't need to audition. These contestants are made to sign a 32-pages contract that would allow the network to eliminate them. Other than that, they said nothing about the behind the scene of the show.

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Trae Patton | Cassadee Pope performs during the live semis of The Voice Season 9

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Trae Patton | Cassadee Pope performs during the live semis of The Voice Season 9


MASTERCHEF USA

Another cooking competition led by Gordon Ramsay where cooks coming from various parts of the United States compete against each other in culinary challenges by showcasing their skills and win the title of being a master chef.  The show is successfully famous but also received comments that the show is manufactured

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Telemundo/Alexander Tamargo | Set of MasterChef Latino Season 1

Image Source: Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images/Telemundo/Alexander Tamargo | Set of MasterChef Latino Season 1

According to Benn Starr, a competitor in season 2, the editors would create sentences they never said from separate interviews and that the producers are stressing out contestants to make them react an emotion they wanted in certain situations. He also said that the show is only entertainment and is not real. 

Image Source: Getty Images/FOX Image Collection via Getty Images | Still of the judges of MasterChef season 8

Image Source: Getty Images/FOX Image Collection via Getty Images | Still of the judges of MasterChef season 8

Yes, we are disappointed that some of our favorite shows are not real. These reality TV shows may be staged and are mostly scripted but we can't deny that they have provided us an escape to life and have fun. That's how the entertainment industry works! 

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