The Best Reality Competition Series TV Programs

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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    the people's #1

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    Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia

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    Jill Wagner, John Henson, John Anderson

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    Julie Chen

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    Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern, Piers Morgan

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    Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel, Sara Racey-Tabrizi

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    Joe Rogan

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    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Tori Spelling

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    Amy Lee, Michael Flatley

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    Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, Caroline Rhea

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    Scott Conant, Ted Allen, Aarón Sanchez

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    Amy Henry

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    Tyra Banks, Drew Carey, Bob Barker

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    Howie Mandel, Katie Cleary, Anya Monzikova

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Jeff Foxworthy

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    Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

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    Gregg Wallace, John Torode, Gary Rhodes

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    Bradley Walsh

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    Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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    Ben Sandford

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    Bobby Flay

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    Nicole Scherzinger, Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman

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    Cameron Mitchell, Alex Newell, Samuel Larsen

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    Regis Philbin

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    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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    Jaclyn Smith, Camila Alves, Sally Hershberger

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    Brooke Burns

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