Real World, Queer Eye, Trading Spaces included among top 50 cable shows

On the occasion of cable’s 30th anniversary, CableWORLD magazine ranks the top 50 cable moments and shows.

Coming in at number 13 is MTV’s The Real World, the groundbreaking reality series that is pretty much the ancestor of every reality series on television today. At least, most shows have ripped off its innovations. CableWORLD says the series “demonstrates the perverse fascination of watching real-life people that you utterly despise.”

Bravo’s Queer Eye is the next reality show mentioned, coming in at number 39. The series is called “powerful” because “it showed gay TV shows could be accepted by the general public.”

Next on the list at number 40 is TLC’s now-faded Trading Spaces, which established an entire reality subgenre. “Home decorating–and ratings for such programs–was never the same once TLC let neighbors swap abodes and redecorate them,” CableWORLD says.

The magazine also asks Lifetime’s EVP for research Tim Brooks to rank his top 10, and he puts The Real World at number two.

Cable Programming’s Top 50 [CableWORLD]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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