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Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s show “Giuliana & Bill” has been an emotional hit with viewers.

Some reality-TV hits made mark on pop culture

The new E! reality series “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” has been the butt of many jokes this week.

Some may scoff at the idea of a celebrity docu-series making any sort of impact, but there are a few examples of shows that did things a little differently and ended up making a mark on pop culture.

First of its kind

•“Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” (MTV, 2003 to 2005)

It’s the show that put the celeb docu-series on the map and also cemented it as a viable career move. Back in 2003, singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were about to fade into pop star oblivion – and then came “Newlyweds.” Something about Jessica’s airheaded comments combined with Nick’s good-natured exasperation captured viewers, and wound up catapulting the two into the fame stratosphere for the next decade. Sure, they divorced, but they still dominate the tabloids.

Unexpectedly emotional

•“Giuliana and Bill” (Style, 2009 to present)

Bill Rancic won Season 1 of “The Apprentice,” and Giuliana DePandi was a reporter for E! News; They met on the red carpet and the rest was history. But what started as a mindless program about a wealthy couple’s fun adventures wound up being an intense documentation of a couple that experiences multiple tribulations. They kept the cameras rolling through infertility struggles, a miscarriage and Giuliana’s breast cancer diagnosis – as well as the couple’s eventual baby through a surrogate. Viewers have responded in droves to the emotional stories.

Socially conscious

•“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List” (Bravo, 2005 to 2010)

Raunchy comedian Kathy Griffin may not have needed another outlet for her brash personality, and while much of her self-titled reality show consisted of ridiculous stunts and hanging out with celebrities, she also used the Emmy-winning program as a vehicle to spotlight social issues. See: Traveling to Iraq to perform stand-up for the troops; staging a rally in Washington to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; and in one infamous incident, raising awareness about cervical cancer by undergoing a public pap smear poolside at a Los Angeles hotel.

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