The daily life of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is broadcasted on TV to billions — only he doesn't know it. Everyone in his life is an actor, and his town is a movie studio. His urge to flee grows as he realizes his life has been a fabrication for the voyeurism of others.
The Truman Show hit right before reality TV exploded in popularity and foretold America's rabid voyeurism for shows like Survivor and The Bachelor. Although no reality show has manufactured a whole town, they all use cameras, lights and editing to make a contrived world look real. Reality television saw an explosion of global popularity starting in the summer of 2000, with the successes of Big Brother and Survivor (in the US).
The Truman Show (1998)