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

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

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

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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic Scott Leibfried

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor Clayton Halsey

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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King Mia Mastroianni

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson Lindsay Clubine

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

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

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack Sean Lowe

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Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin Nick Groff

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons Padma Lakshmi

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum Nina Garcia

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee Adam Savage

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

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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky Doug Glover

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

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell Daniela Bayfield

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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House Tyra Banks

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli Marc Murphy

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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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Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage Santino Rice

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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen Edgar Hansen

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon Arthur Negus

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

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

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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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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo Michael Moloney

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman Michael Symon

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

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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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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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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl Steve Ross

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump George Ross

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson Ryan Seacrest

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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

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This Old House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
This Old House Bob Vila, Norm Abram Kevin O'Connor

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Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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

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Face Off is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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American Grit is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Grit

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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Duck Dynasty The Robertsons

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Jackass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera Brandon DiCamillo