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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Updated November 12, 2020 79.8k votes 5.7k voters 196.3k views168 items

Reality shows are stupid. No one's really denying it at this point. Yet they continue to prove massively popular - if arguably not as huge as they once were at the height of the reality craze. These days, with the ascension of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras, Jersey Shore and many more, one could argue that the genre has sunk to a new and previously unexplored low point. A valley many would probably have thought didn't even exist in the early aughts, when reality TV's worst crimes seemed to be limited to insulting the audience's intelligence and making Jesse Camp famous.

From Celebrity Apprentice, to Duck Dynasty and Hoarders, and even that one (and by "one" we mean 17) about how the contestants are totally not here to make friends, this is a rundown of the stupidest, most banal, most shrill, truly bad, and just dumbest reality shows ever made. If you've ever wondered "Could any show be more repetitive and pointless than America's Next Top Model?" this is the list for you.

These are the dumbest reality shows ever, in all time, for all of TV history. Seriously, can you think of worse reality shows? If you can, bless your heart and add them!
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  • 1
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    2,411
    805

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series focusing... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
    1,696
    624

    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

    Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC, 2012) is an American reality television series. It features the... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Jersey Shore
    1,699
    812

    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Jersey Shore (MTV, 2009) is an American reality television series created by SallyAnn Salsano.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    For the Love of Ray J
    1,135
    496

    For the Love of Ray J

    Ray J, Brandi Burnside

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    For the Love of Ray J is a dating show on VH1 featuring hip hop singer Ray J. The program has... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Toddlers & Tiaras
    1,923
    732

    Toddlers & Tiaras

    Alana Thompson, Eden Wood

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC, 2009) is an American reality television series. The series follows the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Real Housewives of Orange County
    1,291
    660

    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Reality television

    The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Real Housewives of D.C.
    981
    476

    The Real Housewives of D.C.

    Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives of D.C. (Bravo, 2010) is an American reality television series and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?
    741
    336

    Genres (Tv)Television special, Reality television

    Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a Fox network reality show in which a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Megan Wants a Millionaire
    758
    354

    Megan Wants a Millionaire

    Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

    Premiered2009

    Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Kourtney and Kim Take New York
    523
    227

    Kourtney and Kim Take New York

    Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!, 2011) is an American reality television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic
    812
    403

    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic

    Britney Spears, Kevin Federline

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic (UPN, 2005) is an American reality television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Ashlee Simpson Show
    978
    490

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Ashlee Simpson Show (MTV, 2004) is an American reality television show. It focuses on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Jon & Kate Plus 8
    1,275
    672

    Jon & Kate Plus 8

    Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Kate Plus 8 (Discovery Health, 2007) is an American reality television series. It follows the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Temptation Island
    979
    512

    Temptation Island

    Mark L. Walberg

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Temptation Island (USA Network, 2019) is an American reality television series based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta
    1,145
    618

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Flavor of Love
    933
    515

    Flavor of Love

    Flavor Flav, Dion Graham

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Game show, Reality television

    Flavor of Love is an American reality television dating game show starring Flavor Flav of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Bad Girls Club
    The first season of the Bad Girls Club debuted on December 5, 2006, and concluded on April 24,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Steven Seagal: Lawman
    738
    438

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Steven Seagal: Lawman is an American reality television series that aired on A&E for its first... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Littlest Groom
    639
    385

    Premiered2004

    The Littlest Groom was a reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    I Love New York
    591
    358

    I Love New York

    Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    I Love New York is a reality television series that first aired on VH1. It features Tiffany... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Simple Life
    807
    507

    The Simple Life

    Nicole Richie

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

    The Simple Life (Fox, 2003) is an American reality television series created by Mary-Ellis... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Real Chance of Love
    580
    358

    Real Chance of Love

    Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Real Chance of Love is an American reality television dating game show featuring two brothers,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Swan
    405
    237

    The Swan

    Amanda Byram, Nely Galán

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Swan was a 2004 American reality television program broadcast on Fox in which women who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    16 and Pregnant
    423
    253

    16 and Pregnant

    Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr.

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    16 and Pregnant is an American reality television series that debuted June 11, 2009, on MTV.... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Date My Mom
    Date My Mom is a television dating show airing on the music channel MTV and produced by... more on Wikipedia