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    Cops

    Cops

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    Spike TV
    Now known as the original reality series, COPS hit the airwaves in early 1989, putting camera crews in police cars all across the United States. Adopting the Cinema Verité style of documentary filming, COPS uses no narration, depending completely on the police officers and the footage shot as it happens to tell the story. Each COPS camera crew consists of a camera operator and a sound mixer. The officer is mic'd with a wireless mic directly to the camera and the sound mixer captures the suspects, witnesses and other officers with a boom mic. Multiple crews can be stationed in one area as well as crews working different cities across the country at the same time. Still one of the most popular television shows on the air, COPS moved from the FOX network to Spike TV in the fall of 2013, keeping it's original 8pm time slot on Saturday nights.moreless
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    Rescue 911

    Rescue 911

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    CBS (ended 1996)
    Rescue 911 was a reality show hosted by William Shatner. It consisted of re-enactments of real life emergency situations and documentaries of hospitals, police, and firefighters. It ran for seven seasons on CBS from 1989 to 1996.moreless
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    Trauma: Life In the ER

    Trauma: Life In the ER

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    TLC (ended 2004)
    A true reality series, Trauma: Life in the E.R. followed real life doctors and nurses as they cared for patients brought to the emergency room for care. The series was filmed at different hospitals capturing the lives of medical personnel across the US. Patient injuries, conditions and treatment were explained by staff and a voiceover narration.moreless
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    The Challenge

    The Challenge

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    MTV - Music Television
    Each season The Challenge (originally The Real World/Road Rules Challenge) just keeps getting bigger and better when MTV brings some of the most popular and controversial past Real Worlders, Road Rulers, and now Fresh Meat to battle out in an ultimate challenge to win a handsome reward.

    This guide is in Memory of Mary Ellis-Bunim (Creator of Real World & Road Rules) 1946-2004moreless
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    America's Funniest Home Videos

    America's Funniest Home Videos

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    ABC
    America's Funniest Home Videos is ABC's longest-running comedy series. The show began with original host Bob Saget (Full House)The series was an instant sensation on Sunday nights and ran for seven successful seasons. The show was re-launched with new hosts John Fugelsang (a stand up comedian with a one man show called Junk Male) & Daisy Fuentes (Loving), with a new hour long format, and moved to Monday nights where it would once again become a ratings success and then aired on Saturday. Then, after several years of being shown as an occasional special hosted by D.L. Hughley (The Hughleys) and Richard Kind (Spin City), ABC brought the series back on Friday nights with new host Tom Bergeron (Hollywood Squares). In September 2003, it was moved back to Sunday nights. Once again, the series has become a success. On This Show First Price is 10,000 and second is 5,000 and 3,000 for third also there is a 100,000 grand price show every so often where the 10,000 winners compete for 100,000.moreless
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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.moreless
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    True Life

    True Life

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    MTV - Music Television
    MTV's award-winning documentary series, True Life, offers an exclusive window into today's issues, concerns and lifestyles. Told from a first-person perspective, True Life provides intimate access to unseen worlds and subcultures, covering everything from sex and drugs to sports and spirituality. Glimpse into the lives of congressional candidates, competitive cheerleaders, ecstacy users, porn stars and more.moreless
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    PBS American Masters

    PBS American Masters

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    PBS
    Produced (or acquired) by Thirteen/WNET New York for the Public Broadcasting Service, episodes of American Masters are dedicated to documenting and honoring America's most notable creative artists and the inspiration behind their work. Each year a series of special broadcasts profiles a cross-section of the nation's finest artistic pioneers from the past and present.moreless
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    American Justice

    American Justice

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    A&E
    Welcome to the American Justice guide at TV.com.

    For over ten years, AMERICAN JUSTICE has been the gold standard of criminal justice programming, tackling today's toughest issues through the cases that challenge and change the law. Told by key players from police to the victims to the perpetrators, it offers a rare, inside view that enables viewers to understand the complex legal principles at stake.

    Hosted by award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis and produced by Towers Productions, AMERICAN JUSTICE has been hailed as 'presenting...an insightful perspective on the most controversial aspects of criminal law in the nation'. --AETV.commoreless
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    Ricki Lake

    Ricki Lake

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    (ended 2004)
    Hosted by the television personality of the same name, Ricki Lake was tabloid television, specializing in tawdry and sensationalistic topics that drew viewers in like moths to a flame. Several memorable topics included male strippers, teen pregnancy, gang warfare, and many, many makeover episodes The show enjoyed an 11 season run, premiering in 1993 and saying goodbye in 2004.moreless
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    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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    BBC Two (ended 2015)
    Unsympathetic to the precious pomposity of the rock and pop industry, 'Buzzcocks' takes a sledgehammer to the delicate egos of the biggest and most famous names in music - often whilst they are guests on the programme. The scathing wit of Mark Lamarr and later Simon Amstell, has literally caused guests to walk off the show. From 2009 to 2013, the show was presented by different guest hosts each week. In July 2014 it was revealed that Rhod Gilbert would become the show's third regular host from the 28th series. This would turn out to be the final series as the BBC announced in May 2015 that the show had been axed.

    In 2013, the BBC aired a series called What a Load of Buzzcocks which is narrated by Blur's Alex James and looks at the best bits of a certain year of music including moments from 'Buzzcocks'.moreless
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    Iron Chef Japan

    Iron Chef Japan

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    Fine Living
    Iron Chef is an innovative cooking competition from Japan. Originally produced by Fuji TV, Iron Chef combined the excitement of a one on one sports competition with gourmet cooking.

    The title Iron Chef comes from the original Japanese title, Ironmen of Cooking.

    This innovative game show was always popular in its native Japan, but it found international success when the Food Network bought the series and began airing English dubbed episodes. It became a cult c as viewers were treated to exotic ingredients and innovative cooking techniques. No expense was spared. Chefs seemed to have almost limitless supplies of the most exotic and expensive gourmet ingredients.

    The competition is hosted by Chairman Kaga, an over-the-top master of ceremonies. He introduced a "secret ingredient" that the challenger and the chosen Iron Chef had to incorporate into every dish. Originally, the program was 30 minutes long, but it was soon expanded to an hour format. Each chef presented his/her dishes to a panel of 3-4 judges who rated the dishes to crown a winner. All of the competitions occurred in a specially designed "kitchen stadium".

    The New York Times once described Iron Chef as "kamikaze cooking". Iron Chefs and their competitors became celebrities in their own right. Storylines developed between groups determined to defeat the Iron Chefs.

    The show was so successful in English speaking countries that several spin-offs, specials, and updated versions were produced. On May 5, 2008, Fine Living, a sibling channel of Food Network owner Scripps Howard, began airing the show under the title of Iron Chef Japan, as not to confuse it with Food's Iron Chef America spin off series. They also assigned new production codes and replaced the old music with something different.moreless
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    Bad Dog

    Bad Dog

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    FOX (ended 2002)
    Berkeley is a dog who tries to make every member happy at the same time, which results in making none of them happy. When he's good he's good, when he's bad, look out.moreless
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    50/50

    50/50

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    BBC (ended 2005)
    50/50 features two teams of 50 children from two different schools who go head to head in a number of challenges hoping to win the 50/50 trophy.
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    The Crocodile Hunter

    The Crocodile Hunter

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    Discovery Channel
    Steve the star was born after a chance encounter with his friend, a television producer who was filming in the Park for TV. In true Steve style they took a punt and the first documentary, "The Crocodile Hunter" was produced in 1992. The tremendous success of this one program quickly encouraged the making of more and so over the next 3 years, 10 one hour episodes were made and on television screens all over the world. Steve has now filmed 50 episodes of "Crocodile Hunter", 52 episodes of "Croc Files", and his next project will be an animated series. WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE CROCODILE HUNTER SERIES? Steve: "Our aim is to continue producing more wildlife programmes to entertain and enlighten. We'll take the audience to some of the wildest and remotest territories in the world. The time has come when all of us must be accountable. We don't own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife. It's obvious that every man, woman and child can contribute to the well being of our native wildlife and the planet through simple day-to-day stuff such as recycling, chemical and pollution awareness, and not wasting water. Terri and I eat, sleep and live for wildlife. Our love, passion, and devotion is to educate and share with the world our magnificent - often threatened or sometimes threatening - wildlife. Our job in this world is to bring misunderstood and feared animals (as well as the cute and cuddlies) right into your house, so that we can share and learn about the world's wildlife.

    Terri: "Steve and I are very lucky to live and work with what we love best. Zoo life definitely has its ups and downs but there is nothing else we'd rather be doing. It's our goal and our passion to open everyone's hearts to love and care for wildlife for generations to come."

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    Road Rules

    Road Rules

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    MTV - Music Television
    "Welcome to the ride of your life! Your destination? Anywhere! Your money? Gone! Your mission? Survive and then you'll be rewarded...handsomely. Throw out your rules- these are Road Rules!" This popular sister show of the hit MTV reality series, The Real World, Road Rules is a show where originally five people, but in later seasons six people (3 girls, 3 boys), team up and do missions to compete for money and prizes while traveling without any of their own money or credit cards. The cast travels in an RV and co-exists in the cramped quarters on their road trip. At the end, if they complete all the missions successfully, they'll be rewarded...handsomely!!! In Memory of Mary Ellis-Bunim (1946-2004; Creator of Real World & Road Rules) and Michelle Parma (1975-2002; Cast mate on Road Rules Europe)moreless
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    World's Wildest Police Videos

    World's Wildest Police Videos

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    Spike TV
    World's Wildest Police Videos examines criminals at their dumbest who are caught on tape. It includes police pursuits, robberies, and routine traffic stops gone bad.
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    Taxicab Confessions

    Taxicab Confessions

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    HBO
    This show is about some taxi drivers with cameras installed in their cabs, so they pick up their passengers and then they ask them about their, and then the passengers open up themselves...sometimes they open up too much.moreless
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    Real TV

    Real TV

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    (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Real TV guide at TV.com. Television's first all-video, caught-on-camera series featuring remarkable moments from all corners of the globe. Real TV brings viewers stories of sports figures, celebrities, incredible stunts and inspiring, high drama rescues. Hosted by Ahmad Rashad, catch it weekdays at 6:00pm and 6:30pm ET/PT and Tuesday through Friday at 11:00pm and 11:30pm ET/PT on Spike TV!moreless
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    The Paranormal Borderline

    The Paranormal Borderline

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    UPN (ended 1996)
    This reality type show focuses on the paranormal side of life, presenting several stories told by the people who have lived through the usual experience. Exploring the lives of real people as they tell about their fear and trauma of events that took place outside the range of normal comprehension. The series presents one-hour tales that examines each week UFO sightings, psychic premonitions, ghosts and many other first-hand encounters with unexplainable phenomena. This series incorporates a mix of interviews with the involved people, psychiatrists, researchers and law enforcement authorities. Jonathan Frakes, who is known for his position on the television, show Beyond belief: Fact or Fiction was the host for this show. The Paranormal Borderline is the first Television production created and executive produced by brothers Mack and Bradley Anderson for UPN.moreless
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