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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time 

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Updated January 29, 2020 94.4k votes 5.3k voters 187.8k views 139 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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Keeping Up with the Kard... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: E!

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series focusing on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner blended family.

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Toddlers & Tiaras is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: TLC

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Toddlers & Tiaras is an American reality television series on TLC. The series debuted on January 27, 2009. The pilot for the series aired on September 7, 2008. The series follows the ...more

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Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 71

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Jersey Shore is an American reality television series which ran on MTV from December 3, 2009 to December 20, 2012 in the United States. The series follows the lives of eight housemates spending ...more

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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Austin1 added

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 14

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is an American reality television series on TLC, featuring the family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson. Thompson and her ...more
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For the Love of Ray J is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Ray J, Brandi Burnside, Joanna Hernandez

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: VH1

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 a format similar to Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and Rock of Love. In reference to the series, ...more
6
The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 113

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

The Real Housewives of Orange County is an American reality television series that premiered on March 21, 2006 on Bravo. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional ...more
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Jon & Kate Plus 8 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
SabrinaGazer added Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin, Collin Thomas Gosselin

Premiered: 7273

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: Discovery Health Channel

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Kate Plus 8, formerly Jon & Kate Plus 8, is an American reality television series starring Kate Gosselin, which has aired since April 4, 2007.

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The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more

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The Ashlee Simpson Show ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Ashlee Simpson

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Ashlee Simpson Show is a television reality show about the life of Ashlee Simpson. The first season, taped from 2003 to mid-2004, focused on the beginnings of her career as a singer and the ...more
10
The Real Housewives of D... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Mary Schmidt Amons, Rich Amons, Ebong Eka

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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11
Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Mark L. Walberg, Mandy Lauderdale, Billy Cleary

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Temptation Island is an American reality television program broadcast on Fox in which several couples agreed to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of ...more

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Britney and Kevin: Chaot... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Teresa Espinosa

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

Network: UPN

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Britney and Kevin: Chaotic is an American reality television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. Starring American recording artist Britney Spears and her then-husband Kevin Federline, the ...more
13
Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: VH1

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

Flavor of Love is an American reality television dating game show starring Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy. While not a direct spin-off, the show was a result of Brigitte Nielsen and ...more

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The Bad Girls Club is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Premiered: 2006-12-05

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 23

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The first season of the Bad Girls Club debuted on December 5, 2006, and concluded on April 24, 2007, followed by two specials.
15
Who Wants to Marry a Mul... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Anna Agatka, Kate Barnett, Alycia Benn

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 1

Genres (Tv): Television special, Reality television

Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a Fox network reality show in which a multi-millionaire named Rick Rockwell married the contest winner, Darva Conger, on television. The show was ...more
16
Megan Wants a Millionair... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 1

Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman has seventeen wealthy single men compete for her love. The show ...more
17
Steven Seagal: Lawman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Steven Seagal

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: A&E

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Steven Seagal: Lawman is an American reality television series that aired on A&E for its first two seasons and Reelz for its third. It stars actor and martial artist Steven Seagal performing ...more
18
The Simple Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Nicole Richie

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company, E!

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Reality television

The Simple Life is an American reality television series. The series aired from December 2, 2003 to August 5, 2007. The first three seasons aired on Fox, and the final two on E!. The series ...more
19
The Littlest Groom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Dani Behr

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

The Littlest Groom was a reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox network in 2004. Modelled on The Bachelor, the miniseries followed salesman Glen Foster, a 4'5" ...more
20
I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: VH1

Genres (Tv): Reality television

I Love New York is a reality television series that first aired on VH1. It features Tiffany Pollard, who is on a quest to find her true love. This series is a spin off of another relationship ...more

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The Anna Nicole Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern, Daniel Smith

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 27

Network: E!

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Anna Nicole Show is an American reality sitcom starring former model and Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith. The series debuted on August 4, 2002 on the E! entertainment television network ...more
22
From G's to Gents is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Derek Watkins

Premiered: 2009-02-10

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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23
Kourtney and Kim Take Ne... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Charley Feldman added Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Scott Disick

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: E!

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!, 2011) is an American reality television series following sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian as they open a Dash boutique in New York City.
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Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens, Brian Fitzpatrick

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: VH1

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Real Chance of Love is an American reality television dating game show featuring two brothers, Ahmad "Real" Givens and Kamal "Chance" Givens, of the rap group The ...more
25
Pretty Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Alexis Neiers, Tess Taylor, Gabrielle Neiers

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: E!

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Pretty Wild is an American reality television series that premiered on E! on March 14, 2010 and ran for one season. The series chronicles the lives of socialite sisters—Tess Taylor, Alexis ...more