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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    Joe Rogan

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    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Buddy Valastro

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    Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

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    Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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    Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

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    Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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    Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

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    King of the Nerds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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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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    Brooke Burns

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