The Oldest Reality TV Show Ever Premiered 4 Decades Before ‘Cops’ and ‘The Real World’ Took Off

When considering the origins of reality TV, most would automatically think of famous shows like Cops or The Real World. While they were early reality shows, there was one show that debuted forty years before either of them. If you never saw the show, you might have at least heard of Candid Camera.

Smile, you’re on Candid Camera

THE CANDID CAMERA SPECIAL — Pictured: (l-r) Valerie Harper, Allen Funt, Loni Anderson | Frank Carroll/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Candid Camera was the original reality show. Hosted by creator Allen Funt, the show inspired the likes of America’s Funniest Home VideosThe Real WorldCops, and many others, according to The TV ProfessorCandid Camera featured practical jokes played on ordinary, unsuspecting people in a comedy that large audiences loved. 

The Oldest Reality TV Show Ever Premiered 4 Decades Before ‘Cops’ and ‘The Real World’ Took Off

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