TV The Best 1990s Reality Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite reality programs that aired in the '90s - no straight game shows

These are the best 1990s reality shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. There were some great 90s reality programs that were about romance, and there were still other good 1990s reality shows about true crime. Still, many of the greatest 1990s reality series were based in competition.

What series appear on this best 1990s reality shows list? MTV's The Real World was a pioneer in the television genre. Premiering in 1992, the show follows “seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” Taxicab Confessions was another popular reality show that aired in the 1990s.

Iron Chef placed world famous chefs from around the world in head to head cuisine competition. Other great series that are featured on this top 1990s reality shows list include Candid Camera, Blind Date and Road Rules.

Do you have a favorite 90s reality program? Give the best shows a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Unsolved Mysteries Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

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2
106 21
American Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
American Gladiators Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann, Todd Christensen

3
90 27
Cops is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

4
83 29
America's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows

5
52 36
Candid Camera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Candid Camera Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Godfrey

6
53 38
Rescue 911 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Rescue 911 William Shatner, Gene Babb, Ken Parham

7
49 48
Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Singled Out Carmen Electra

8
46 50
Iron Chef is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai

9
53 62
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

10
40 47
Taxicab Confessions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Taxicab Confessions Chris Moriarty, Rita Scott, Eddie Ramey

11
39 54
Road Rules is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Road Rules Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover

12
35 48
Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Forensic Files Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas, Roy Shuler

13
35 54
Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Blind Date Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell, Jerry G. Angelo |

14
30 52
True Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
True Life Serena Altschul

15
20 62
The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
The Challenge T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

16
11 63
Bug Juice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
Bug Juice Jon Adler, Rhett Bachner, Stephanie Etkin

17
9 64
This Is Your Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
This Is Your Life Michael Aspel, Eamonn Andrews

18
5 61
American Masters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Reality Shows
American Masters Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt