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An American FamilyThe first television show that was considered reality TV similar to what we know today was An American Family, which aired on PBS in 1971. An American Family followed the Loud family who lived in Santa Barbara, California. The family consisted of the parents Bill and Patricia (Pat) Loud and their five children - Lance, Kevin, Grant, Delilah and Michele.

An American Family was filmed documentary-style and aired 12 episodes. During the filming of the program, Pat and Bill separated, and Pat filed for divorce. The couple's oldest son Lance, who was 20 years old at the time of filming, was openly gay, and occasionally wore women's clothing and lipstick. The show dealt a great deal with Lance's struggle with his sexuality, as well as his relationship with his parents, especially his father.

After An American Family first aired, there were two follow-ups to the show. In 1983, HBO aired An American Family: 10 Years Later. In 2003, PBS aired Lance Loud!: A Death In An American Family. That documentary was filmed in 2001 at Lance's request. He was never happy with how his family was portrayed in An American Family, and before his death, he wanted his family revisited so America could see the loving family that Lance knew them to be. This final documentary also detailed Lance's physical decline due to his 20-year addiction to meth, and his battle with HIV and hepatitis C. Lance died from complications of his diseases on December 22, 2001.

In 2010, HBO announced plans to film Cinema Verite, a movie about the filming of An American Family.

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In 1955 Fanny recorded a pilot for what became a very successful BBC television series on cookery. Each year the BBC published a booklet giving a detailed account of each recipe Fanny demonstrated, allowing her to say in later years: "You'll find that recipe in the booklet, so I won't show you now." Fanny advocated bringing Escoffier-standard food into the British home and gave every recipe a French name. Her food looked extravagant, but was generally cost-effective, and Fanny seemed to care about her audience. Her catchphrases included "This won't break you", "This is perfectly economical", and "This won't stretch your purse." She once insisted that "Everyone is entitled to a piece of really good cake at least once a year."[citation needed]

As time went by, however, her food began to seem outdated, and her love of the piping bag and vegetable dyes meant that her television show began to border on farce.[clarification needed] As she got older, she applied more and more make-up and wore vast chiffon ballgowns on screen. She became a figure of fun and the BBC was aware of it.[citation needed]

Fanny had always included relatives and friends in her television shows. Johnnie suffered a minor heart attack in the early 1970s and was replaced with the daughter of a friend, Jayne. Another assistant was Sarah, and there were a series of young men who didn't last very long.

Throughout Fanny's television career the Cradocks also worked for the British Gas Council, appearing at trade shows such as the Ideal Home Exhibition and making many "infomercials", instructing cooks, usually newly wed women, on how to use gas cookers for basic dishes.[13] Despite the BBC's ban on advertising, Cradock only ever used gas stoves in her television shows and often stated that she "hated" electric stoves and ovens.[14]

Her series Fanny Cradock Cooks for Christmas is the only one of several she made to have been repeated in recent years, on the UK digital television channel Good Food, usually in the run-up to Christmas.

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I believe the first reality show was Real World on MTV.

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I'm pretty sure it was 'Survivor' because all the other reality shows came out after survivor. after reality shows became popular.

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The very first reality television show to air was called An American Family. This show aired on PBS in 1971. During the season, the reality television show aired twelve episodes.

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The Real World.

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The very first reality TV show was Candid Camera, in 1949.

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