docusoap

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of documentary +‎ soap (for soap opera)

Noun[edit]

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docusoap (countable and uncountable, plural docusoaps)

  1. (uncountable) A genre of reality television in the style of a documentary in which an apparent plot is constructed by intention or editing in order to make programmes in this genre resemble soap operas.
    • 2011, Tim Oglethorpe, “A slice of paradise: Hectic Christmas? Try a change of pace with the sixth series of gentle documentary An Island Parish,” The Daily Mail, 30 December, 2011,[1]
      Nigel [Farrell] and Paul Sommers created the docusoap genre of programmes almost 20 years ago, applying the cliffhanger endings and multi-character storylines of soap operas to series such as The Village and Country House.
  2. (countable) A television programme in this genre.
    • 2010, Troy Patterson, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Slate, 21 October, 2010,[2]
      The latest of a venerable franchise of docu-soaps, it opens, like its predecessors, with a voiceover giving the audience the lay of the promised land.

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