5 Cyber-Chic Fads of the 2000s


Reality TV

The craze that continues to keep us glued to the TV started in the 1990s with a little MTV show called The Real World, where seven strangers were picked to live together in a cool apartment in Manhattan. The show was a huge hit -- people everywhere tuned in to see real people interacting in real life. But it wasn't until 2000 that reality television really exploded, spawning shows like Survivor, Amazing Race, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. By the mid-2000s, the industry was saturated with reality TV shows for every imaginable subject.