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The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

Updated March 2, 2021 83.5k votes 5.8k voters 199.8k views196 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 Kardashians1
    2,417
    814

    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 created by...  more

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  • Here Comes Honey Boo Boo2
    1,706
    640

    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
  • Jersey Shore3
    1,706
    824

    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

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  • For the Love of Ray J4
    1,133
    510

    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
  • Toddlers & Tiaras5
    1,913
    744

    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

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  • The Real Housewives of Orange County6
    1,281
    674

    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

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  • The Real Housewives of D.C.7
    982
    493

    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

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  • Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?8
    745
    361

    Genres (Tv)Television special, Reality television

    Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a Fox network reality show in which a...  more
  • Jon & Kate Plus 89
    1,260
    684

    Jon & Kate Plus 8

    Aaden Jonathan Gosselin, Jon Gosselin

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Kate Plus 8 (Discovery Health, 2007) is an American reality television series. It follows the...  more
  • Megan Wants a Millionaire10
    763
    375

    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
  • The Ashlee Simpson Show11
    973
    510

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Ashlee Simpson Show (MTV, 2004) is an American reality television show. It focuses on the...  more
  • Britney and Kevin: Chaotic12
    810
    423

    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...  more
  • Temptation Island13
    967
    530

    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

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  • The Real Housewives of Atlanta14
    1,127
    632

    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

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  • Kourtney and Kim Take New York15
    533
    250

    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
  • Flavor of Love16
    921
    532

    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

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  • The Bad Girls Club17
    The first season of the Bad Girls Club debuted on December 5, 2006, and concluded on April 24,...  more
  • Steven Seagal: Lawman18
    731
    455

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Steven Seagal: Lawman is an American reality television series that aired on A&E for its first...  more
  • The Littlest Groom19
    633
    404

    Premiered2004

    The Littlest Groom was a reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox...  more

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  • The Simple Life20
    798
    527

    The Simple Life

    Nicole Richie

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

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

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  • I Love New York21
    587
    378

    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

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  • Real Chance of Love22
    578
    375

    Real Chance of Love

    Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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

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  • Dance Moms23
    481
    313

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Dance Moms (Lifetime, 2011) is an American reality television series. It is set in Pittsburgh,...  more

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  • Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane24
    570
    380

    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....  more
  • 16 and Pregnant25
    422
    280

    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