Reality shows rely on a perfect combination of eccentricity, uniqueness, and melodrama. They may capture reality, but there's something about them that intrigues the audience and creates a hyperreality specific to TV only.
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Characters with quirky personalities, wacky habits, or interesting skills always make for the best TV show premises. Despite many real-life characters that fit the bill, many fictional characters on scripted shows fulfill this niche.
Now, read about 25 characters who we think could have their own reality shows!
Eleanor Shellstrop (The Good Place)
Although Eleanor Shellstrop has died and gone to the Good Place (spoiler: revealed to be the Bad Place!), her life before death could have easily been a reality show. She's a selfish slob who lives with multiple roommates, has a massive attitude, and has a terrible job scamming people out of their money. It's something straight out of Keeping Up With the Kardashians -- and it could be done Eleanor-style. Nevertheless, despite all of her flaws, she's charming and still has a heart of gold deep down inside.
Jian Yang (Silicon Valley)
Jian Yang is the Chinese app developer who frequently interacts with the gang on Silicon Valley. He doesn't seem to understand that much English, but in reality, he's mostly screwing with everyone, especially the obnoxious Erlich Bachmann. His background is mostly unknown, which makes his behavior all the more humorous, and his app inventions have become wilder and wilder. Jian Yang could have his own reality show about all the eccentric app ideas he has as he lives his elaborate life spending money and living it up in Silicon Valley.
Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation)
Tom Haverford is the slick and charming player of the Parks and Recreation squad, and he loves to live in style. Although he doesn't do much actual work around the office, he has his friends' intentions at heart even if he's known to crack too many jokes and put his own well-being first. With his many catchphrases, Tom could easily have a reality show about his extravagant life in suburban America.
Rachel Green (Friends)
Rachel's life has always been a mess, and while she got a better grasp of it when she reunited with the Friends group, it also got more complicated when Ross came back into her life. After she left her fiancé at the altar, she ran to find Monica, and they became roommates as she became friends with the rest of the gang. Despite the increased stability, she had a rocky road with Ross and arguably had an even rockier time before she met Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross. If Rachel had a reality show, she could very well make it about her own life before she met the Friends or during her will-they-won't-they phase with Ross.
Schneider (One Day at a Time)
Schneider is the superintendent of the apartment from One Day at a Time where the Alvarez family lives, but he's also a rich and spoiled recovering addict. He doesn't let much of this on, but one look at his apartment reveals his wealth and he's still quite oblivious to many things around him. Still, he's trying to improve and always helps the Alvarez family when they need it. Schneider's life before he got sober could make a great reality show about trying to balance his wealth and status with an attempt at a normal life.
Chloe (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
As the titular "b----" of Apartment 23, Chloe's entire existence is basically a reality show. She drinks, scams people out of money, has lots of sex, parties, is best friends with James van der Beek, and has a great time doing all of it. When her newest roommate, June, moves into the apartment, she tries to extort June out of money, but June is too smart -- and they strike up a complicated friendship. Nevertheless, Chloe is both a hero and a villain at the same time, making her the perfect subject for a reality show. One look at Chloe's life outside of the apartment, with her crazy antics and all, shows how great a reality show about her would be.