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Television formats portraying ordinary people in unscripted situations are almost as old as the television medium itself.Producer-host Allen Funt's Candid Camera, in which unsuspecting people were confronted with funny, unusual situations and filmed with hidden cameras, first aired in 1948.The radio series Nightwatch (1951–1955) tape-recorded the daily activities of Culver City, California police officers.
In 1978, Living in the Past had amateurs participating in re-enactment of life in an Iron Age English village.
Some shows have been accused of rigging the favorite or underdog to win.
Other criticisms of reality television shows include that they are intended to humiliate or exploit participants; that they make stars out of untalented people unworthy of fame, infamous figures, or both; and that they glamorize vulgarity and materialism.
First broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1964, the Granada Television documentary Seven Up!
broadcast interviews with a dozen ordinary 7-year-olds from a broad cross-section of society and inquired about their reactions to everyday life.