Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reality T.V. from 1971





Family photo of the Louds, who were the subject of a 12 part television documentary, "An American Family", that aired on PBS stations in 1973. During the course of the documentary, son Lance announced he was gay, making him the first person on television to do so.

The Loud parents' relationship ended during the filming of the documentary, with Pat asking Bill for a divorce and to leave the family home.

The documentary was an example of early reality television.

Back, from left:Kevin, Grant, Delilah and Lance. Front, from left:Michele, Pat and Bill.

And you thought that "reality" television was a relatively new concept...

PBS Video

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