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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    Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Corey Harrison

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    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

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    Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

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    Mark Keller

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    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

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    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

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    Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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    Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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    Joe Rogan

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    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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    RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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    Buddy Valastro

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    Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

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    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

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    Cesar Millan

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    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

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    Robert Irvine, Tom Bury, Taniya Nayak

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    Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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    The Robertsons

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

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    Les Stroud

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    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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    Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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    Joan Lunden, Peter Graves, David Hart Smith

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    Sigourney Weaver

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