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Is Reality TV Real? TV Gets A Dose of Shows That Are Proudly Fake

When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester ("Yuuup!") filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how "real" reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC's Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants' backgrounds were embellished. And it's now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV's The Hills were heavily scripted.

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Season 1, Episode 11
At HowStuffWorks Kent's persistent sleepwalking puts an embarrassing smudge on Steve's HSW growth plans, so Josh & Chuck do an amateur sleep study to find a cure. During the podcast the guys cover sleepwalking behaviors, sleep hacks and sleep deprivation.

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Season 1, Episode 10
At HowStuffWorks Josh & Chuck get a chance to visit an elite space design lab. Things turn bad when Chuck's rival John Hodgman arrives, and Josh's desire to meet Elon Musk cuts the visit short. During the podcast the guys cover the privatization of space.

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Paid | VUDU Posted: 4/24/2013

Season 1, Episode 9
At HowStuffWorks Josh & Chuck get a chance to visit an elite space design lab. Things turn bad when Chuck's rival John Hodgman arrives, and Josh's desire to meet Elon Musk cuts the visit short. During the podcast the guys cover the privatization of space.

Full Episode
Paid | VUDU Posted: 4/24/2013

Season 1, Episode 8
At HowStuffWorks Kent's persistent sleepwalking puts an embarrassing smudge on Steve's HSW growth plans, so Josh & Chuck do an amateur sleep study to find a cure. During the podcast the guys cover sleepwalking behaviors, sleep hacks and sleep deprivation.

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Is Reality TV Real? TV Gets A Dose of Shows That Are Proudly Fake

When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester ("Yuuup!") filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how "real" reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC's Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants' backgrounds were embellished. And it's now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV's The Hills were heavily scripted.

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Premiered: January 19, 2013, on Science Channel
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Premise: Podcast hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant are followed in and out of the recording studio in this mockumentary series.

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