Big Brother is a reality game show franchise created by John de Mol, originally broadcast in the Netherlands and subsequently syndicated internationally.
The Netherlands is the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Johannes Hendrikus Hubert "John" de Mol, Jr. is a Dutch media tycoon.
As of 11 November 2016, there have been 387 seasons of Big Brother in over 54 franchise countries and regions.
In the show, contestants called "housemates" live together in a specially-constructed house that is isolated from the outside world.
Housemates are voted out until only one remains and wins the cash prize.
During their stay in the house, contestants are continuously monitored by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones.
English-language editions of the program are often referred to as "BB".
Many Spanish-language editions of the program are called Gran Hermano.