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The Best Reality TV Shows Ever  

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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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne
America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
joshaine added Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more

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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Joe Rogan
Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, ...more

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison
Pawn Stars (History, 2009) is an American reality television series that chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by ...more

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham
Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine
Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The ...more

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried
Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more

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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue
Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars Jon Taffer, who offers his professional expertise plus renovations and equipment to desperately ...more
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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more

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Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff
Ghost Adventures is an American television series about the paranormal that premiered on October 17, 2008, on the Travel Channel. Produced by MY-Tupelo Entertainment, the program follows ghost ...more

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe
The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by Chris Harrison. There are three related series: The Bachelorette, ...more

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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner
Wipeout is a game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the "world's largest obstacle course". Wipeout is hosted and commentated by John Henson and John ...more

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia
Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
liplip added Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more

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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cash Cab
Cash Cab is a TV game show devised by Adam Wood that originated in the United Kingdom and has been licensed to television networks in numerous other countries. Passengers in a specially ...more

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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added Jon Lung, Brian Louden
MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more

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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightma... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Channel 4, 2004) is a reality television program. In each episode, chef Gordon Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the ...more

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy
Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and Michael Krupat, with executive producer Linda Lea, and hosted by Ted Allen that pits four chefs against ...more

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Di... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is an American food reality television television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began ...more

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson
Cops is an American documentary/reality legal series that follows police officers, constables, sheriff's deputies, and federal agents during patrols and other police activities including vice ...more

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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John
Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and a franchise of Dragons' Den. Aspiring entrepreneur-contestants pitch their business idea to a panel ...more

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
CalebGore added RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, ...more

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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Mark Keller
Undercover Boss is an American reality television series, based on the British series of the same name and produced by Studio Lambert in both countries. Each episode depicts a person who has an ...more

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