The Best Reality Competition Series

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List Criteria: Vote up your favorite reality shows with a competitive game angle

The best reality TV competition series, ranked by fans and critics. Reality shows are among the most-watched programs on TV, and they are easy to produce due to their low production costs, lack of staff, and quick turn-around. Early programs like "Survivor" and "Big Brother" gained international audiences who loved watching real people compete for money and fame. High-pressure situations, 24/7 filming, and clashing personalities ensured frequent drama as alliances and enemies were created and destroyed.

In recent years, more generic reality competition shows have given way to more specialized contests. Dance competition series range from "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" to "Dance Moms." Travel shows are favorites, as are talent and singing shows - from "American Idol" to "The Voice" to "The X Factor" - which are consistently among the highest rated programs on TV - ever.

In that spirit, it's time to get competitive. Vote for your favorite reality competition shows to move them up the list. You can also customize and rank your own list by clicking Rerank.
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    Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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    Joe Rogan

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    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

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    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Ben Sandford

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    Buddy Valastro

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    Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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    Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

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    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

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    Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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    Bradley Walsh

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    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

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    Bobby Flay

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    Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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    King of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong

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    Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

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    Dana White, Mike Rowe, Herb Dean

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    Luke Tipple, Rob Anderson, Jacob Kosior Loosely modeled after "The Hunger Games" this CW competition show pits hunter against prey in a quest to win $250,000. Twelve teams of two will take turns hunting and capturing each other as

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    Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich

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    Brooke Burns

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