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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    Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

    the people's #1
    Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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    The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Amazing Race

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    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    most listed
    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    The Voice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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    Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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    Face Off is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Face Off

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    Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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    The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Chopped is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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    Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

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    American Idol is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

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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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    Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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    The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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    Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Minute to Win It 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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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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    Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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    Bradley Walsh

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    Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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    Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Cupcake Wars

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    HGTV Design Star is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    HGTV Design Star

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    The X Factor (Australia) is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The X Factor (Australia) Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US) Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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    The Next Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Next Food Network Star Bobby Flay

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    The Great Food Truck Race is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Great Food Truck Race Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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    King of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 42 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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    The X Factor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The X Factor

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    Jesse Wilson, Jenny McCarthy, Darren McMullen

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    Capture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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    Capture 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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    The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series


    The Glee Project Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich

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    Brooke Burns

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    Jaclyn Smith, Camila Alves, Sally Hershberger

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