This past year, reality blurred celebrated its 15th anniversary. While the origins of reality television stretch back to the 1970s and the 1990s, the wave of reality shows that we’re currently riding began shortly before this publication was born. What’s incredible is that two shows from that summer continue to attract interest, and one of them is as creatively strong as ever, which is why it makes my list of the best reality TV shows of 2015.
The shows that earned my attention and awe this year were ones that found themselves to the opposite ends of the spectrum: several were quiet and deliberate, others big and bold. Some of these unscripted shows attracted large numbers of viewers and buzz, others did not.
Creatively, however, they all demonstrated that this is a genre capable of producing great art and entertainment. Let’s hope for more reality television of this quality in 2016.