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An Unscripted History of Reality TV

Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow... even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time -- from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how it's shaped our culture and how our culture shaped it.


Meet the Host

In 2015, Mariah created Keeping Up With the Kontinuity Errors, a blog that tracks the continuity errors in Keeping Up With the Kardashians, using Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and common sense. KUWTKE is currently featured on New York Magazine's The Cut. In addition to KUWTKE, Mariah also writes entertainment essays, television recaps, and Kardashian roundups for various other outlets. Mariah has written for, or is featured on, The New York Times, Vice, The Cut, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Genius, Complex, GQ, Jezebel, Defamer, Business Insider, The AV Club, and more. Mariah recently wrote a cover story for TIME Magazine. Currently, Mariah is a writer on FOX’s new sitcom Outmatched.

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