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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
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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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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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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Face Off is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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The Ultimate Fighter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Ultimate Fighter Dana White, Mike Rowe, Herb Dean

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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Challenge T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

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Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Minute to Win It Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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Ink Master is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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Love in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Love in the Wild Jesse Wilson, Jenny McCarthy, Darren McMullen

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Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Last Comic Standing Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

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Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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America's Best Dance Crew is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Best Dance Crew Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

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The X Factor (Australia) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The X Factor (Australia) Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Weakest Link Bradley Walsh

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HGTV Design Star is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
HGTV Design Star Vern Yip, Clive Pearse, Martha McCully

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Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 41 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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The Great Food Truck Race is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Great Food Truck Race Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Sing-Off Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

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Dog Eat Dog is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Dog Eat Dog Brooke Burns

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Shear Genius is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Shear Genius Jaclyn Smith, Camila Alves, Sally Hershberger

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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Glee Project Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich

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Battle of the Network Stars is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Battle of the Network Stars Howard Cosell, Gabe Kaplan, Darleen Carr