TLC’s collaboration with Kleinfeld Boutique follows the experience of a bride-to-be buying her wedding dress. However, the people who joined the bride were vetted by the producers and often asked to stress on a comment or repeat to create drama on television.
History Channel’s most popular pawn shop drama always manages to surprise viewers online. However, when buying or selling anything to Rick, Corey, or our beloved Chumlee, the show producers decide whether or not to broadcast an item to show only interesting content.
Who wouldn’t want to see Michelin star Chef Gordon Ramsay on National Television? However, the winning prize to work in Ramsay’s restaurant is not guaranteed, and filming is quite tense. Also, the diners are mostly friends and family of the crew.
The only thing real about this show is the cast, the Robertsons, who run a family business—Duck Commander—in West Monroe, Louisiana. A scripted drama that follows the family making products for duck hunters, the show also has fake beeps that were added during post-production.
Cupcake Wars brings together contestants from around the country in an intense baking competition. However, even professionals need help at times, so the mystery ingredient is a mystery only for viewers. The contestants are told about it beforehand and have to act surprised on camera.
Long Island Medium
Knowing that Theresa Caputo was given all the information during filming shouldn’t be a surprise. To help her connect people with their deceased loved ones, the producers found information through social media and background checks and made people sit at specific spots in the audience.
The show is real, chef Buddy is real, and the customers ordering the cakes are real. However, most cakes are inedible as cladding is used to make them stand upright. Also, producers request the order of cakes from the customers to stage the big reveal.
The Biggest Loser
The legitimacy of the show and the production has been questioned several times. While the audience waits to see how much the contestants weigh in the current episode, the contestants are weighed 2 days earlier. Everything else, including the contestants’ personalities, is scripted for drama.
This reality drama series is mostly scripted. The producers select a few from the group of contestants and give them lines to film a dramatic conversation, simply for effect. Careful casting also ensures that they know who will be in the top three.
It should not come as a surprise that The Bachelorette is also largely faked. Former contestants of the show have claimed that many in-the-moment interviews are scripted and edited in post-production. More often, questions about their personal lives are asked to invoke an emotional response.
The Real Housewives
Theresa Giudice of The Real Housewives swore under oath that the content was scripted. The producers planned the meetings, and arguments were discussed with them and scripted for drama. Also, the women were comped for the claims of girl trips and the price tags shown.
As a contestant, it’s hard to hear three judges say you can’t sing, but some contestants actually thought they were good and ended up fighting with the panel. The producers would specifically choose people who couldn’t sing but had a certain attitude to add drama.
When the cast didn’t get their contract renewed, speculations regarding the legitimacy and credibility of the show were proven right. In fact, producers admitted that almost the whole show was scripted, but that didn’t stop a reboot of the spinoff based in Laguna Beach.
The Simple Life
The hilarious show featured Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie taking care of themselves while living in the countryside. However, the concept was not original, and the leading ladies were asked to play odd characters. Paris used a baby voice and played ditzier than usual on-screen.
The Jerry Springer Show
If someone wanted to be a guest on this show, they would have to simply inquire about an opening. If their story got through, it was dramatized for the show. Some guests even claimed that fabricated stories would make the cut at times.
In this show, two tribes battle it out in the wilderness to earn rewards and reserve the chance to kick out a tribe member who didn’t perform. However, contestants admitted that they got food and basic amenities, along with a body double for some challenges.
Realtors help you find your dream home, and that’s the premise of this famous HGTV production. In reality, the participants already know which house they will purchase, but the storyline makes it look like everything leads to the final decision of purchasing their dream home.
The show has the concept of catfishing, where someone with a fake social media presence would lure someone else into a fake relationship to commit fraud. However, the supposed catfish contacts the producers well in advance, who alter the storyline to make it more compelling.
An Amish blogger claimed that Jeremiah Raber was not leaving the Amish community for the first time, as was mentioned in the first episode. Also, Raber was married with three children and divorced just before filming, leading to speculations of the “girlfriend” being an actress.
Britain’s Got Talent
Alesha Dixon, a star judge on the show, pressed the golden buzzer for Giorgia Borg. However, fans learned that Borg was already a junior Eurovision star and performed the same song. Fans were outraged at BGT for using established talent to bump up ratings.
What Not To Wear
Who wouldn’t want $5,000 for a complete wardrobe makeover, with the help of professional stylists no less? However, contestants would be told not to spend the entire sum as they had to bear the sales tax and pay for the tailoring and hairstyling costs.
Pimp My Ride
What if rapper Xzibit turned up at your front door and told you that the show would pimp up your ride? Unfortunately, the makeover done by West Coast Customs would be purely cosmetic, and some contestants also noted that their cars barely ran afterward.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The Kardashian family reserves the right to review and edit all footage of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but Kris Jenner went on record saying that many scenes are scripted and edited for the dramatic element that reality viewers expect.
Who would not want to take a peek inside luxurious celebrity homes and mansions? Cribs was pure entertainment and did well for over a decade, but fans started questioning its legitimacy when a woman sued rapper Ja Rule for misrepresenting her leased house as his.
How much would you be willing to spend on a storage lot? Well, that’s the premise of this storage space gamble show. David Hester, one of the bidders, filed a lawsuit claiming that some bidders were favored. Additionally, the appraisers were often not actual appraisers.
90 Day Fiancé
One person from each couple can emigrate to the States on a K-1 visa in this show, but they would’ve to get married within 90 days. However, if the time pressure isn’t enough, participants are asked to say and do things for better reactions.
Several things raised questions about the content of the show. Arbitrations are usually calm, but contestants were asked to be as dramatic as possible as they were on TV. Also, participants were paid to appear on TV, and the audience was made up of actors.
Jack, Ozzy, Kelly, and our beloved Sharon entertained audiences with their family drama, but it was mostly scripted reality. The producers would speak to the Osbournes and plan out the filming, following it with a series of quick cuts to make the show more dramatic.
This MTV show followed the life and struggles of young women who became mothers. While most of everything on-screen was real, conversations between family members were edited to make them more dramatic than in reality.
Beauty and the Geek
Geeky nerd meets a beautiful woman and falls in love (where haven’t we heard that?). However, Beauty and the Geek portrayed the men as shy and socially awkward, but this was far from reality. It was also alleged that some contestants were paid actors.
I Am Cait
This show documents the story of Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlin Jenner. The first season focused on Jenner’s transformation, but the producers ran out of genuine content in the second season and decided to fake scenarios to keep their viewers entertained.
Multiple single celebrities try to find their next true love among each other in this scripted reality game show. It is evident how fake and staged the show is as the acting is poor, uninterested, and even monotonous at times.
The camera never stops rolling on the sets of Total Divas, but the show is heavily scripted to bring about a more dramatic rendition of the script. Many argue that the show itself is just another stunt to build the WWE brand.
The show documented the life of the spouses of famous sports personalities, but it was heavily scripted for drama. There were also two spinoffs in Miami and Atlanta, respectively. While the original and the Miami spinoff were canceled, the Atlanta one is doing better.
Nicole LaValle admitted that nobody had ever called her Snooki before the show and that she didn’t really have a nickname. She only used the nickname in the application form she filled out. Paul and Vinny’s street fight was also scripted for effects.
In this show, wives swap families and agree to live in a completely different household. Former contestants have admitted that the producers would misrepresent them by altering their onscreen portrayal during post-production and feature the scenes that cast them in a negative light.
This show featured contestants competing for a place in Donald Trump’s business empire. However, the winner would only become the brand’s spokesperson, as Trump said it wasn’t a responsible decision to hand the reigns of a multimillion-dollar empire to the winner of a challenge!
Naked and Afraid
While the show is about surviving in the wild with bare minimum essentials, contestants have access to modern amenities when the camera is not rolling. Also, the production camp is not far away, and food is often planted or the contestants steal from crew members.
Big Brother (US)
There have been several speculations about the contents of this primetime TV show being scripted. It’s no surprise that the show’s producers control what happens in and around the house (actually a set!). Also, some contestants are favored, so the winner might always be known.
Dancing with the Stars
Many celebrities in the recent seasons of the show admitted and even refused to follow the script. Alfonso Ribero (that’s right, the Carlton dance man) also commented that the focus is more on celeb personality than dancing, and fake voting has also been reported.
Big Brother (UK)
Fans of the long running reality show were outraged that a bed scene was scripted. Videos confirming this were leaked, showing the house guests going to bed at the fixed time, only to wake up in a short while and receive instructions from producers.
My Strange Addiction
This show followed the strange and disturbing addictions of participants. People would eat sticks of deodorant, suck on dirty diapers, or drink gasoline! While the show may not be completely scripted, TLC is known for heavy editing to revamp drama.
Alaskan Bush People
Discovery’s popular off-the-grid wilderness family story is more of a scripted and themed reality. In fact, the Brown family isn’t actually from Alaska. Also, speculations about the filming location, hired actresses, and history of the Bush family often question the legitimacy of the show’s content.
The CBS production of Undercover Boss follows CEOs working alongside their employees donning disguises. While the conversations of CEOs and employees are real, people on the show are heavily vetted, and the content could be discussed beforehand to meet the drama standards of reality TV.
Tanya Young, the ex-wife of Jayson Williams who played for the New Jersey Nets, went on record claiming that the show was scripted. There have also been complaints saying that working on the show was not a good experience as it encourages poor esteem.
The name might just be the playful intended meaning of a would-be bride behaving like Godzilla during the last few days of her wedding prep, but a former contestant claimed that the producers would ask the brides to be more dramatic for the camera.
The show has seen several controversies, and fans have taken it upon themselves to prove that the show’s content is not authentic. Many observant fans noticed visible inconsistencies with the makeup and even with continuity in content, which makes it seem like everything is staged.
While the entire show might not be scripted, many viewers claim that the customers on Hardcore Pawn speak in a flat and nervous tone, making it appear as if they were given the lines and told to act according to given instructions.
Homebuyers know beforehand that the first houses they tour are very expensive and out of their budget. Also, people on the show have already narrowed down their options or selected a house they want to buy before they come on the show.
It’s safe to say that everything is not what it seems when it comes to Project Runway. Although the participants’ work is real, a former contestant claimed that the judging is fake, and edited footage convinces viewers to agree with the decisions of the judges.