tv The Best Reality Dramas  

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The best reality dramas include programs that keep viewers interested with compelling stories and fascinating characters. Yes, reality dramas are technically reality TV, but they aren't silly. They're often serious, sometimes dangerous and always entertaining. This list includes some of the best dramatic reality shows ever on television, so be sure to vote for your favorites. You can also add any outstanding reality dramas that are missing, and rerank the lists to suit your taste!

Many television dramas are popular because they have great, scripted story lines. Not so with reality TV dramas: These are reality shows that manage to keep viewers glued to their televisions with real life happenings. Examples of these kinds of shows include the Discovery Channel's documentary-style reality TV drama Deadliest Catch, the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers and MTV's reality drama series Teen Mom.

And things don't always turn out well on these shows: In 2010, while filming Deadliest Catch, boat Captain Phil Harris became gravely ill. Cameras continued to roll, and Harris later died from complications of a massive stroke.

Some of the best reality dramas on television are medical in nature. Examples include ABC's NY Med, TLC's Trauma: Life in the E.R., and A&E's Emmy-winning addiction program Intervention. These programs follow real-life events in major hospitals and chronicle the journeys of people who are trying to overcome potentially deadly addictions.

What is your favorite reality drama? Again, vote for the shows you like the most, vote down any you think aren't worthy and remember to rerank if you're so inclined.

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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

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Ice Road Truckers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Ice Road Truckers Alex Debogorski, Thom Beers, Hugh Rowland

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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Duck Dynasty The Robertson Clan

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Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Intervention Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
48 Hours Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant, Erin Moriarty

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Little People, Big World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Trauma: Life in the E.R. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Trauma: Life in the E.R. Chip Demarest, Andy Michaels, Brian Plaisier

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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True Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
True Life Serena Altschul

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The Real World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

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Swamp People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Swamp People Troy Landry, Junior Edwards, R.J. Molinere

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WAG's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
WAG's Barbie Blank, Olivia Pierson

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Teen Mom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Sister Wives is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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The Real Housewives of Beverly... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

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16 and Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
16 and Pregnant Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr., Weston Gosa

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NY Med is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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19 Kids and Counting is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
19 Kids and Counting Michelle Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Jennifer Duggar

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The Hills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
The Hills Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad

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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Dramas

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Jon & Kate Plus 8 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Dramas
Jon & Kate Plus 8 Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin, Collin Thomas Gosselin

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Abby & Brittany is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Dramas