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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Updated October 20, 2020 79.4k votes 5.6k voters 195.6k views156 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 Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    2,407
    795

    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,693
    616

    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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,696
    805

    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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,135
    490

    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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,919
    725

    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  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,290
    653

    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. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    981
    470

    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-Mil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    740
    329

    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
    Kourtney and Kim Take New York is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    521
    220

    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
  • 10
    Megan Wants a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    758
    348

    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
  • 11
    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    812
    397

    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic

    Britney Spears, Kevin Federline

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 12
    The Ashlee Simpson Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    978
    484

    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 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,275
    666

    Jon & Kate Plus 8

    Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 14
    Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    978
    506

    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
  • 15
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    1,145
    612

    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 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    933
    511

    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

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  • 17
    The Bad Girls Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    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 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    738
    435

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • 19
    The Littlest Groom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    639
    380

    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 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    591
    355

    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

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  • 21
    The Simple Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    807
    502

    The Simple Life

    Nicole Richie

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

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  • 22
    Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    580
    353

    Real Chance of Love

    Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 23
    16 and Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    423
    249

    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
  • 24
    Sister Wives is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    339
    188

    Sister Wives

    Kody Brown, Meri Brown

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Drama, Reality television

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  • 25
    Date My Mom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
    Date My Mom is a television dating show airing on the music channel MTV and produced by... more on Wikipedia
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