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In this essay, I will be comparing and contrasting two reality TV programmes, Real House Wives of Atlanta (RHOA) and Love And Hip Hop (LHH) to see whether or not they challenge racialised discourses. Reality television is defined as, “A genre of television programming that documents supposedly “unscripted” real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors, although in some shows celebrities may participate”. For a number of years now, reality television has had an influx of manufactured drama all for the sake of keeping their millions of viewers entertained. Franchises such as “Love & Hip Hop” and ‘Real House Wives’ feed off these manufactured dramas between their cast members, these programmes have noticeably gained a lot of their entertainment from having black men and women from various walks of life play out disordered, soap-operatic storylines from complicated love triangles, secret babies, and unwarranted affairs. Reality shows with predominantly black casts have often been criticized for their negative racialised discourses of African American women as loud, angry, and violent.  In order to properly dissect these two reality shows to see whether or not they challenge racialised discourses, it is imperative that I provide some important information about the two shows individually. Real House Wives of Atlanta  (RHOA)  is a well known American reality show that airs only on Bravo. The show aims to follow the lives of eight or at times seven women as they live their ‘everyday’ lives. The cast members that I will predominately be focusing on include entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss, a Grammy-winning songwriter and former member of R&B group Xscape, NeNe Leakes, a local socialite and Kim Zolciak, a socialite and aspiring musician. The cast of Real House Wives of Atlanta is a predominately black cast and it is also the highest viewed show on its network Bravo. Love and hip-hop Atlanta is part of the Love and Hip-hop media franchise which consists of a range of reality television series that are broadcasted on VH1 on a weekly basis. The show, similar to RHOA, displays the everyday lives and relationships of people who are seemingly a big part of the entertainment industry, such as hip-hop stars, managers, producers and many more. The show consistently does well is ratings and it is said to be one of the five most popular shows on cable television. According to Nielsen ratings, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is the most watched show among black women in the 18 to 49 age demographic.  It debuted as the highest rated program on VH1 since January 2012, with 3.6 million viewers