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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Updated April 15, 2021 81.3k votes 5.8k voters 201.3k views145 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 Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series created by...  more

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    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

    Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon
    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC, 2012) is an American reality television series. It features the...  more
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    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino
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    For the Love of Ray J

    Ray J, Brandi Burnside
    For the Love of Ray J is a dating show on VH1 featuring hip hop singer Ray J. The program has...  more
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    Toddlers & Tiaras

    Alana Thompson, Eden Wood
    Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC, 2009) is an American reality television series. The series follows the...  more

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    The Real Housewives of D.C.

    Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian
    The Real Housewives of D.C. (Bravo, 2010) is an American reality television series and the...  more

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    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge
    The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series....  more

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    Megan Wants a Millionaire

    Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke
    Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock...  more
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    Jon & Kate Plus 8

    Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin
    Kate Plus 8 (Discovery Health, 2007) is an American reality television series. It follows the...  more

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    The Ashlee Simpson Show (MTV, 2004) is an American reality television show. It focuses on the...  more
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    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic

    Britney Spears, Kevin Federline
    Britney and Kevin: Chaotic (UPN, 2005) is an American reality television series created by...  more
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    Temptation Island

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

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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the...  more

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    Kourtney and Kim Take New York

    Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian
    Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!, 2011) is an American reality television series created by...  more
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    Flavor of Love

    Flavor Flav, Dion Graham
    Flavor of Love is an American reality television dating game show starring Flavor Flav of the...  more

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    Steven Seagal: Lawman is an American reality television series that aired on A&E for its first...  more
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    The Littlest Groom was a reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox...  more

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    The Simple Life

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

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    I Love New York

    Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez
    I Love New York is a reality television series that first aired on VH1. It features Tiffany...  more

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    Real Chance of Love

    Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens
    Real Chance of Love is an American reality television dating game show featuring two brothers,...  more

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    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler
    Dance Moms (Lifetime, 2011) is an American reality television series created by Jeff Collins....  more

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    Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane

    Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons
    Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (Style Network, 2007) is an American reality television series....  more
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    16 and Pregnant

    Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr.
    16 and Pregnant is an American reality television series that debuted June 11, 2009, on MTV....  more
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    Date My Mom

    Debora Bradley, Jaclyn Bradley Palmer
    Date My Mom is a television dating show airing on the music channel MTV and produced by...  more

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