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.