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List Rules Vote up your favorite reality shows with a competitive game angle

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.
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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

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856 733
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

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674 681
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

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406 505
The Price Is Right is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Price Is Right Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson

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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

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343 554
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

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261 606
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

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664 499
Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

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506 400
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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191 443
The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Bachelorette Ben Sandford

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793 451
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

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120 172
The Ultimate Fighter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
cweib added The Ultimate Fighter Dana White, Mike Rowe, Herb Dean

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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383 494
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US) Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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359 494
So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

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435 363
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

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610 357
The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Challenge T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

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275 408
Are You Smarter than a 5th Gra... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Jeff Foxworthy, Danielle Soibelman, Madison Leisle

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The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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Ink Master is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
ChrissyBaker added Ink Master Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez, Oliver Peck

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386 658
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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Minute to Win It is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Minute to Win It Guy Fieri, Kimberly Fox, Aaron Hedrick

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300 457
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

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99 262
Love in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Love in the Wild Jesse Wilson, Jenny McCarthy, Darren McMullen

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259 269
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

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219 310
Last Comic Standing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Last Comic Standing Jay Mohr, Ralphie May, Kathleen Madigan

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America's Best Dance Crew is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
America's Best Dance Crew Mario Lopez, Layla Kayleigh, JC Chasez

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231 357
Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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168 27
American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Jess Neary added American Ninja Warrior Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

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HGTV Design Star is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
HGTV Design Star Vern Yip, Clive Pearse, Martha McCully

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249 339
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Weakest Link Bradley Walsh

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234 284
Top Chef Masters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Top Chef Masters Gail Simmons, Ruth Reichl

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224 443
The X Factor (Australia) is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The X Factor (Australia) Luke Jacobz, Guy Sebastian, Ronan Keating

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184 270
The Next Food Network Star is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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234 218
Cupcake Wars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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The Great Food Truck Race is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Great Food Truck Race Tyler Florence, Chris Hodgson, Lance Kramer

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Cha... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series

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Capture is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
HarleyCartee added Capture Loosely modeled after "The Hunger Games" this CW competition show pits hunter against prey in a quest to win $250,000. Twelve teams of two will take turns hunting and capturing each other as they trek through the ...

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The Sing-Off is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Sing-Off Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman, Ben Folds

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The Glee Project is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality Competition Series
The Glee Project Nikki Anders, Ryan Murphy, Robert J. Ulrich