The Best Reality Competition Series TV Programs
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The Best Reality Competition Series

List Criteria: Top reality game shows

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.

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    Survivor

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    Hell's Kitchen

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    Big Brother

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    The Mole

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    The X Factor (Australia)

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    Face Off

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    Chopped

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    The Apprentice

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    The Price Is Right

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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    The Sing-Off

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    The Singing Bee

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