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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time 

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Updated August 7, 2020 97.8k votes 5.5k voters 193.4k views 145 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

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
Alana Thompson, Eden Wood

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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

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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

Genres (Tv): Reality

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.

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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 Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon, Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell

Premiered: 2012

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.
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The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

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 ...more

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For the Love of Ray J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Ray J, Brandi Burnside, Joanna Hernandez

Premiered: 2009

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

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#8 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows #64 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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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: 2007

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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.

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The Real Housewives of D... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Mary Schmidt Amons, Lynda Erkiletian, Cat Ommanney

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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
9
The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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 ...more

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Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Mark L. Walberg

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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 ...more

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The Ashlee Simpson Show ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Ashlee Simpson

Premiered: 2004

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.
12
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

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 ...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

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

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

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

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#9 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows #2 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows

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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

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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Steven Seagal: Lawman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Steven Seagal

Premiered: 2009

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

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, ...more

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The Littlest Groom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Dani Behr

Premiered: 2004

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

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#21 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows #25 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows

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Kourtney and Kim Take Ne... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Charley Feldman added Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Scott Disick

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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 ...more
21
I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

Premiered: 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 Contestants of 'I Love New York' Today #17 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows #37 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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The Anna Nicole Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern, Daniel Smith

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Anna Nicole Show (E!, 2002) is an American reality sitcom series. The show follows the exploits of Anna Nicole Smith and her entourage; focusing on her weight gain, lack of a steady stream ...more
23
Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens, Brian Fitzpatrick

Premiered: 2008

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

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#24 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows #37 of 80 The Worst TV Spin-Offs

24
Kimora: Life in the Fab ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time
Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons

Premiered: 2007

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, ...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

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