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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 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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent 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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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Big Brother 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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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
joshaine added The Voice 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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Hell's Kitchen 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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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor 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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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Amazing Race 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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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars 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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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 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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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout 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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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
liplip added Top Chef 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

13 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show Fails

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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni 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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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway 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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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor 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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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage 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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Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures 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

The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops 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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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 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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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss 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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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover Dirty Jobs was a TV series on the Discovery Channel in which host Mike Rowe is shown performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties alongside the typical employees. The ...more

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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series. A nationwide search for the best home cooks in America where one of 50 hopefuls will ...more

The Best Reality TV Shows Since 2015

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped 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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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 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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Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Storage Wars Dan Dotson, Laura Dotson, Emily Wears Storage Wars (A&E, 2010) is an American reality television series narrated by Thom Beers. Professional buyers visit storage facilities throughout the state and bid on these lockers.

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby American Pickers (History, 2010) is an American reality television series that follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel around the United States to buy or ...more

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
CalebGore added RuPaul's Drag Race 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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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the ...more

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Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Cake Boss is an American reality television series, airing on the cable television network TLC. The show follows the operations of Carlo's Bake Shop, an Italian American family-owned business in ...more

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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Shark Tank 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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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 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

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an American reality television series providing home improvements for less fortunate families and community schools. The show is hosted by former model, ...more

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Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more

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Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Hoarders Hoarders (A&E, 2009) is an American reality television series that depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder.

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The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Joy of Painting Bob Ross, Ben Stahl, Steve Ross The Joy of Painting is an American half-hour instructional television show hosted by painter Bob Ross which ran from January 11, 1983, until May 17, 1994. In each episode, Ross taught techniques ...more

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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Iron Chef America Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis Iron Chef America: The Series is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA. The show ...more

48 Things Every Man Should Know

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross All-Star Celebrity Apprentice is a 2008 TV Program created by Mark Burnett.

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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 The Biggest Loser is an American competition reality show that debuted on NBC October 19, 2004. The show features obese people competing to win a cash prize by losing the highest percentage of ...more

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Real World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck The Real World is a reality television program on MTV originally produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray. First broadcast in 1992, the show, which was inspired by the 1973 PBS ...more

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Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV ...more

The Best Current Sitcoms

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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver Planet Earth is a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the ...more

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American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
JoshBerman added American Ninja Warrior Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty ...more

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Jackass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude, self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a ...more

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Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Supernanny Supernanny is a reality TV programme which originated in the United Kingdom about parents struggling with their children's behaviour. The UK version has aired on Channel 4 with E4 showing ...more

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Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan Watch sneak previews of premiere episodes and favorite moments from National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer. See how Cesar Millan rehabilitates dogs and trains their owners. Watch Dog ...more

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Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
prkr.river.rat added Duck Dynasty The Robertsons Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West ...more

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This Old House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
This Old House Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor This Old House is an American home improvement media brand with television shows, a magazine and a website, ThisOldHouse.com. The television series airs on the American television station Public ...more

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So You Think You Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
So You Think You Can Dance Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more