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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    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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    Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

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    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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    Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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    John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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    Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

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    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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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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    Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

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    Mark Keller

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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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    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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    RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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    Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

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    Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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    Buddy Valastro

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    Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

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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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    Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

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    Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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    Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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    Ben Sandford

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    American Grit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

    added by Amonte Taylor
    American Grit

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    Sigourney Weaver

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    Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

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    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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    Cesar Millan

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    John Cena, Trish Stratus, The Miz

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    The Robertsons

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