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A Documentary that follows a group of people in a certain profession around, through their professional and sometimes personal lives. It is a form of Reality Show that shows real people, unscripted, doing day-to-day things.

In the past, the docudrama was either social commentary or a sociological experiment; the Michael Apted Up film documentaries or PBS's An American Family, which concentrated on the life of the Loud family. In 1992, MTV debuted The Real World, originally intended as a sociological experiment of sorts — place disparate individuals in a single residence, and film them. Gradually MTV began contriving scenarios and The Real World became less documentary and more Reality Show.

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Docu Soaps come in all flavors. Some focus on the typical day-to-day business dealings of the subjects; others are more about the interpersonal relationships and the potential for drama among the members of the ensemble.

Notable British examples:

North America:


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