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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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629 864
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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1,082 1,080
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
916 911
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
897 949
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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1,267 1,049
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
357 338
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
834 1,055
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
391 527
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
244 287
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

11
801 883
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

12
865 911
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

13
955 962
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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801 928
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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429 308
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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333 649
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

17
712 662
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
407 303
MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

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760 843
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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774 849
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

21
648 821
Cops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

22
652 801
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

23
163 272
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

24
763 894
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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376 301
RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
CalebGore added RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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672 817
American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

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612 776
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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623 839
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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279 214
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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579 719
Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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190 143
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 31 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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506 726
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

33
498 633
Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

34
522 616
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
476 686
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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457 636
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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467 491
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

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417 763
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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489 841
The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

40
445 644
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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463 857
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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424 878
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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303 473
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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415 758
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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403 623
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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355 610
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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396 653
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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370 608
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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226 220
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

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355 640
Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
prkr.river.rat added Duck Dynasty The Robertsons