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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. Reality fans will also be interested in these juicy reality TV scandals and secrets from the sets of reality TV 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
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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626 854
America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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1,072 1,078
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

4
909 907
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
joshaine added The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

5
885 947
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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1,260 1,045
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
354 331
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
829 1,048
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
385 524
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

10
795 879
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

11
237 283
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

12
860 906
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

13
944 960
Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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794 925
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
mohammed saad added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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330 641
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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420 305
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

17
704 659
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

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398 301
MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

19
754 839
Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

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644 815
Cops is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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766 847
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

22
158 267
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

23
646 797
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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755 889
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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665 814
American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

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369 295
RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
CalebGore added RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

27
605 774
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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618 835
Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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571 718
Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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272 210
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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497 723
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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491 631
Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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183 141
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

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515 613
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

35
469 683
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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448 636
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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487 834
The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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412 759
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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460 489
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

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439 640
The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

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459 850
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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419 873
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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408 757
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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295 471
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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349 607
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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395 621
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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390 650
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

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365 605
This Old House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
This Old House Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

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130 234
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chris Abraham added The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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348 638
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
prkr.river.rat added Duck Dynasty The Robertsons