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This is a list of the best reality TV shows on television, the most (often shamefully) addictive reality TV series. From guilty pleasures to shows that really do teach us how to live our lives a little bit better, this list contains only TV shows you would openly recommend to good friends of yours--the best of the best reality shows. Reality fans will also be interested in these juicy reality TV scandals and secrets from the sets of reality TV shows. You can vote, or even make your own list to impact this CrowdRanking of the top reality TV shows of all time!

What are the top reality TV shows? From Top Chef to The Biggest Loser, this list contains only the best and actually-watchable in reality television. Time to vote: what are the best reality shows ever?

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Survivor Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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1,140 1,133
Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

3
972 965
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
joshaine added The Voice Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

4
661 934
America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

5
972 998
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

6
1,330 1,095
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
403 384
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
859 1,121
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
429 572
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deal or No Deal Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

10
280 334
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

11
834 930
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

12
1,009 1,003
Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

13
910 950
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

14
856 958
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
mohammed saad added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

15
485 337
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

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458 334
MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
JasonSoucy added MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

17
749 699
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
803 876
Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

19
821 878
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

20
352 727
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

21
680 865
Cops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

22
200 316
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

23
695 830
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

24
808 937
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

25
425 346
RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
CalebGore added RuPaul's Drag Race RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

26
706 848
American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby-Cushman

27
653 802
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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228 168
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

29
656 868
Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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609 744
Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

31
308 252
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

32
532 654
Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

33
534 759
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

34
557 642
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney

35
512 716
Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

36
487 661
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

37
500 514
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

38
484 664
The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross

39
448 785
Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

40
508 881
The Biggest Loser is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Biggest Loser Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels

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264 240
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

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196 157
E! True Hollywood Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
E! True Hollywood Story Don Morrow, Neil Ross, Kieran Mulroney

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477 900
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

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450 917
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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334 505
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

46
444 781
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

47
384 632
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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431 677
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

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122 76
American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
JoshBerman added American Ninja Warrior Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

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430 647
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever