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. 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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    Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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    the people's #1 & added by dale358z
    Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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    Corey Harrison

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    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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    Joe Rogan

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    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

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    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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    Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

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    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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    Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

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    Mark Keller

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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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    Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

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    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

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    RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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    Buddy Valastro

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    Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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    Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

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    Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

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    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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    Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Ben Sandford

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    Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Sigourney Weaver

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    Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

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

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    American Grit

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    Cesar Millan

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    The Robertsons

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    Hilary Farr, David Visentin, Tina Morasco

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