10 Times Reality Shows Reminded Us Of How Incredibly Fake They Are

Most of us have been watching reality TV for years, and it’s safe to say that we’ve all had moments of asking: Is this real?

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While it can be fun to suspend belief for the sake of enjoying our favorite shows, sometimes the shock of how scripted or edited a scene is can be too much to ignore.

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It can also just be laughable, especially when so many of these reality shows insist that nothing about them is fake.

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But we know that’s not the case. Here’s a roundup of some reality TV moments (and entire shows!) that were just too fake to be ignored.

1. When Riko and Hayato’s relationship is exposed on Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City.





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This one hurt, because Terrace House was so mild in terms of reality TV, so I never thought it was fake. But when the other house members sat Riko and Hayato down and asked them why they were lying about their relationship, I was SHOCKED. The cameras never showed these secret moments of them sneaking around.

2. Learning that Kyle and Deepti had a deep connection in the pods on Love Is Blind Season 2.



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In the Love Is Blind Season 2 reunion, Kyle said he regretted not fighting for Deepti and that he should have married her, shocking many viewers who never saw them connect in the pods. This opened a can of worms of other Love Is Blind moments we never saw, like learning that someone else proposed to Natalie before Shayne and left when she turned him down.

3. Speaking of Love Is Blind, this moment where the amount of food on Mallory and Sal’s plates changed every 5 seconds during a very serious conversation reminded us of how fake it is.

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I guess even the gold cups couldn’t save them from continuity errors!

4. That time Khloé Kardashian was arrested for driving under the influence…while filming KUWTK.


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Except, Khloé’s actual arrest took place in March 2007, before the show had even began filming. The reconstructed scene did give the Kardashians a chance to reclaim the narrative, making it about Khloé missing her late father.

5. When Jihoon and Deavan got into a heated argument over the safety of Deavan’s daughter, Drascilla, on 90 Day Fiancé.


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The scene of Drascilla running off, dramatized to make it seem like she’s seconds away from getting hit by a car, was a major moment that had Deavan’s family and fans of the show criticizing Jihoon’s parenting skills. But Deavan herself spoke out in a since-deleted Instagram Live, claiming that the way the scene was edited made it seem like everyone was piling on Jihoon when it didn’t actually go down like that. Instead, two different scenes were spliced together for a more dramatic effect.

6. The clearly staged fight between Angelina and Snooki on Jersey Shore.


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One of the most iconic reality TV shows, Jersey Shore got more fabricated as time went on. In Season 2, a fight between Angelina and Snooki showed continuity errors in editing, namely in the lack or presence of socks on JWoww’s feet. If anyone hadn’t already been questioning how real this showdown was, the socks were a dead giveaway. See for yourself in the clip above.

7. That time Heidi got “fired” from her “job” on The Hills.


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For one, the acting here is just bad! But Heidi herself confirmed in an interview with BuzzFeed that she really only “pretend” worked at Botlhouse Productions, stating that the similar promotion storyline was fabricated for drama. 

8. The entire run of MTV’s Parental Control.


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If you’re reading this list, you probably watched this when you were too young to question the validity of this incredible dating show where someone’s parents would pick new people for their kid to date because they hated their current partner. Some of the people who were “dating” had actually never even met before filming. The scripts were absolutely outrageous, but hey, it made for great TV! If you somehow haven’t seen this show yet or need a refresher, there are plenty of episodes up on MTV’s YouTube channel.

9. Also, the entirety of MTV’s run of Next.


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The early ’00s were a crazy time. As one of the frontrunners of reality TV, MTV really set the tone with ridiculous dating shows like Next. Former contestants admitted that the insane “fun facts” were not true and that the show was mostly scripted, and as you can tell from the clip above, the people who wrote for this show had a lot of fun. As fun as this show was, it definitely wasn’t real. 

10. OK, and the entirety of MTV’s Room Raiders, too.


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Another MTV classic, this one consisted of potential dates being kidnapped while their suitor would raid their rooms with a tool of kits, including an infamous blacklight, then judge and eliminate the potential dates based on what they found in their rooms. There was even an episode where Zac Efron got to be the suitor!

As unrealistic as these shows might be, I can’t lie: I still want to watch them! And honestly, they probably wouldn’t be as good or funny without all the manufactured drama.

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What was the moment you realized your favorite reality show was totally fake? Let us know in the comments!