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The best reality TV competition series, ranked by fans and critics. Reality shows are among the most-watched programs on TV, and they are easy to produce due to their low production costs, lack of staff, and quick turn-around. Early programs like "Survivor" and "Big Brother" gained international audiences who loved watching real people compete for money and fame. High-pressure situations, 24/7 filming, and clashing personalities ensured frequent drama as alliances and enemies were created and destroyed.

In recent years, more generic reality competition shows have given way to more specialized contests. Dance competition series range from "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" to "Dance Moms." Travel shows are favorites, as are talent and singing shows - from "American Idol" to "The Voice" to "The X Factor" - which are consistently among the highest rated programs on TV - ever.

In that spirit, it's time to get competitive. Vote for your favorite reality competition shows to move them up the list. You can also customize and rank your own list by clicking Rerank. Then, check out the new reality competition series of 2019.

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
CBS Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
CBS Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
CBS The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
NBC America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
NBC The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more

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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
NBC Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, ...more

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The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
CBS, American Broadcasting Company, NBC The Price Is Right is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win ...more

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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
ABC Wipeout is a game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course". Wipeout is hosted and commentated by John Henson and John ...more

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Bravo Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
ABC The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by Chris Harrison. There are three related series: The Bachelorette, ...more

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
NBC Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The ...more

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Fox Broadcasting Company Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
ABC The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date ...more

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Face Off is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found ...more

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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
UPN, The CW Television Network America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Bravo Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Logo RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, ...more

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
MTV The Challenge is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality shows, The Real World and the now cancelled Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in ...more

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The Ultimate Fighter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
cweib added FX, Spike The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts competition produced by Fox Sports 1 and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It previously aired for fourteen ...more

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Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more

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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Fox Broadcasting Company So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
NBC All-Star Celebrity Apprentice is a 2008 TV Program created by Mark Burnett.

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Food Network Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and Michael Krupat, with executive producer Linda Lea, and hosted by Ted Allen that pits four chefs against ...more

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
American Broadcasting Company Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British program of the same title, which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of ...more

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Fox Broadcasting Company Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? is an American quiz game show on Fox. It is produced by Mark Burnett and is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. The show premiered as a three-day special which began on ...more