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The Worst Reality Shows of All Time

Updated June 3, 2021 80.6k votes 5.8k voters 203.1k views167 items

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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 2000s, 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 stupidest 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 worst reality shows ever, in all time, for all of TV history. Vote up the stupid reality shows that made TV worse by existing. Then check out trashy shows you can't help but love, because at least some TV shows do it right.

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    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    PremieredOctober 14, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series created by Ryan Seacrest. The series focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner...  more

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    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 family of child beauty pageant contestant Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson....  more
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    Jersey Shore

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino

    PremieredDecember 3, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment

    Jersey Shore (MTV, 2009) is an American reality television series created by SallyAnn Salsano. EIght housemates live together at a vacation home and experience friendships, romance, and drama....  more

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    For the Love of Ray J

    Ray J. Norwood

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Romance, Competition reality

    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, Ray J...  more
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    Toddlers & Tiaras

    Alana Thompson, Eden Wood

    PremieredJanuary 27, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary

    Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC, 2009) is an American reality television series. The series follows the families of contestants in child beauty pageants....  more

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    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    PremieredMarch 21, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment, Drama

    The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in...  more

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    The Real Housewives of D.C.

    Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian

    PremieredAugust 5, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    The Real Housewives of D.C. (Bravo, 2010) is an American reality television series and the fifth installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It documents the personal and professional lives of...  more
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    762
    378

    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 of Love contestant Megan Hauserman has seventeen wealthy single men compete for her love. The show...  more
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    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 aired as...  more
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    674

    Jon & Kate Plus 8

    Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin

    PremieredApril 10, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Parenting

    Kate Plus 8 (Discovery Health, 2007) is an American reality television series. It follows the life of divorced single mother Kate Gosselin and her eight children....  more

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    #39 of 69 The Best Reality Dramas#243 of 294 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Ashlee Simpson Show (MTV, 2004) is an American reality television show. It focuses on the beginnings of Ashlee Simpson's career as a singer and the creation and release of her debut album....  more
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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

    PremieredOctober 7, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of...  more

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    Kourtney and Kim Take New York

    Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian

    PremieredJanuary 23, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment

    Kourtney and Kim Take New York (E!, 2011) is an American reality television series created by Mary-Ellis Bunim, Ryan Seacrest, and Jonathan Murray and a spinoff of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It...  more
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    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 Anthony E. Zuiker. Starring American recording artist Britney Spears and her then-husband Kevin Federline,...  more
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    Temptation Island

    Mark L. Walberg

    PremieredJanuary 15, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Entertainment, Romance

    Temptation Island (USA Network, 2019) is an American reality television series based on the Dutch TV show Blind Faith. Couples travel to a tropical paradise where they are forced to decide if they're...  more

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    #84 of 134 The Best Reality Competition Series#8 of 99 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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    Flavor of Love

    Flavor Flav, Dion Graham

    PremieredJanuary 1, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    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 Flavor...  more

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    PremieredDecember 2, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary, Crime

    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 his...  more
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    Premiered2004

    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" little...  more
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    I Love New York

    Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2007

    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 Simple Life

    Nicole Richie

    PremieredDecember 2, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

    The Simple Life (Fox, 2003) is an American reality television series created by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. The series depicts two wealthy socialites, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, as...  more
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    Real Chance of Love

    Ahmad Givens, Kamal Givens

    PremieredOctober 20, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Romance

    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 Stallionares, former contestants on...  more
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    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    PremieredJuly 13, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dance

    Dance Moms (Lifetime, 2011) is an American reality television series created by Jeff Collins. It is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Abby Lee Dance Company and follows the early careers of...  more

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    Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane

    Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (Style Network, 2007) is an American reality television series. The series follows Kimora Lee Simmons and features the daily life of herself, her three children, along...  more
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    Pretty Wild

    Alexis Neiers, Tess Taylor

    Premiered2010

    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 Neiers,...  more
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    16 and Pregnant

    Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr.

    PremieredJune 11, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Documentary

    16 and Pregnant is an American reality television series that debuted June 11, 2009, on MTV. It follows the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage...  more