The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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This is a list of the best reality TV shows on television, the most (often shamefully) addictive reality TV series. From guilty pleasures to shows that really do teach us how to live our lives a little bit better, this list contains only TV shows you would openly recommend to good friends of yours--the best of the best reality shows. You can vote, or even make your own list to impact this CrowdRanking of the top reality TV shows of all time!

What are the top reality TV shows? From "Top Chef" to "The Biggest Loser", this list contains only the best and actually-watchable in reality television. Time to vote: what are the best reality shows ever?

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    Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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    The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    The Amazing Race

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    Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Cash Cab

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    Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

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    Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

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    Cops is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

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    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    The Voice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    Chopped is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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    Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Undercover Boss Mark Keller

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    MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

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    Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Storage Wars

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    American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

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    America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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    America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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    MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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    Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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    Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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    RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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    The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

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    Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Hoarders

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    Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Shark Tank

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    Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    Cesar Millan

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    American Idol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

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    Restaurant: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Restaurant: Impossible Robert Irvine, Tom Bury, Taniya Nayak

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    Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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    Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Duck Dynasty The Robertsons

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    The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

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    Survivorman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Survivorman Les Stroud

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    What Not to Wear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    What Not to Wear

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    The Real World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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    So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    Biography is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever


    Biography Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

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    Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

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