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History of Australian Reality TV Shows

By Maddison Pauly

Reality TV shows. You either love them or you hate them. You may know of Keeping up with Kardashians, Botched, the Real Housewives franchise, Hell’s Kitchen and Dance Moms. While these are all great American reality TV shows, Australia does have some pretty iconic reality shows itself such as, Bondi Rescue and the Block. Let’s take a look back at all the great Australian reality TV shows to have blessed our screens.

1992 – Sylvania Waters first ever Australian reality TV show appeared on TV screens. Sylvania Waters followed the lives of an Australian family.

2001 – Big Brother Australia which ended in 2014 but is rumoured to be coming back this year on Chanel seven hosted by Sonia Kruger.

2002 – Australian Survivor first came out and is still on our screens today.

2003 – Everyone’s favourite show to watch to find their dream house/apartment, The Block.

2004 – Dancing with the Stars and Border Security

2005 – Australia’s Next Top Model, but the show ended in 2016.

2006 – Bondi Rescue came onto our screens, blessing us with their lifeguards.

2007 – Australia’s Got Talent and Farmer Wants a Wife, which concluded in 2016.

2009 – Bondi Vet with our favourite Dr Chris and MasterChef

2010 – My Kitchen Rules and X Factor, which ended in 2016, but don’t worry we still have Britain’s Got Talent.

2011 – The Amazing Race, a show we all wish we could win.

2012 – The Voice, but let’s be real has anyone heard anything from the winners since they won.

2013 – House Rules and a personal favourite of mine, the Bachelor.

2014 – Real Housewives of Melbourne.

2015 - The year for new Australian reality TV shows, we got blessed with the Bachelorette, Gogglebox, Married at First Sight and I’m a Celebrity get me out of here.

2017 – Real Housewives of Sydney, This Time Next Year and Yummy Mummies which can be watched on Netflix and is following the story of four mothers to be.

2018 - The year for new love reality TV shows such as Bachelor in Paradise and Love Island.

2019 – The Masked Singer which in my opinion was just excuse for ‘celebrities’ to dress up as whatever they wanted.

Looking at this list might make you realise how many reality TV shows Australia has, but hey - that’s not all of them. All I know is I’m just keeping my eyes out for Bachelor in Paradise to reappear on our screens soon.


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