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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 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 many hosts enjoy eating, and talent and singing shows - from "American Idol" to "The Voice" to "The X Factor" - are consistently among the highest rated programs on TV - ever.

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Survivor

    2000 More
    94
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    2001 More
    89
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    2011 More
    81
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    2006 More
    76
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    often listed
    Wipeout

    2008 More
    73
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    2007-04-05 More
    71
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    often listed
    Project Runway

    2004 More
    71
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    2001 More
    70
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    America’s Got Talent

    66
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hell's Kitchen

    2005 More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    American Idol

    2002 More
    63
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    often listed &controversial
    The Biggest Loser

    2004 More
    62
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    often listed &controversial
    Dancing With The Stars

    2005-02-08 More
    62
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Iron Chef America

    2005 More
    62
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    The Mole

    1999 More
    55
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    2009 More
    53
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    53
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    52
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    The Apprentice

    2008 More
    52
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    America's Next Top Model

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    52
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    Masterchef (UK)

    1990 More
    51
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    The Price Is Right

    1956 More
    50
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    Big Brother

    2000 More
    49
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    Deal or No Deal

    2005 More
    46
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    often listed
    Celebrity Apprentice

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    2003 More
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    2000 More
    45
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    44
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    2009 More
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Next Food Network Star

    2005 More
    42
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    41
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    RuPaul's Drag Race

    2009 More
    41
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    often listed &controversial
    Minute to Win It

    2010 More
    40
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    2010 More
    38
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    1995 More
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    ranked high on reranks
    HGTV Design Star

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    38
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    The Gong Show

    1976 More
    37
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Great Food Truck Race

    2010 More
    36
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    The Greatest American Bible Challenge

    35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battle of the Network Stars

    1976 More
    35
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    2007 More
    35
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Dog Eat Dog

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    35
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    The Challenge

    1998 More
    34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

    2001 More
    34
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    ranked high on reranks
    Love in the Wild

    2011 More
    34
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    ranked low on reranks
    Don't Forget the Lyrics!

    2007 More
    33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Escape

    2006 More
    33
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    33
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    The Bachelorette

    2003 More
    32
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