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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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1,657 1,296
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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2
1,181 1,160
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
684 964
America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

4
992 994
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

5
1,002 1,030
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
1,364 1,121
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
421 414
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
875 1,153
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
440 598
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
923 972
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
liplip added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

11
1,040 1,023
Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

12
349 442
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue

13
934 969
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

14
846 955
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

15
506 353
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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479 347
MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

17
765 718
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
234 344
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

19
362 753
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

20
848 892
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

21
818 893
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

22
691 878
Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

23
711 849
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

24
824 959
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
455 364
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
718 865
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
664 819
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

28
667 882
Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

29
616 762
Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

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237 186
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

31
320 268
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

32
542 668
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
540 774
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

34
565 657
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
519 729
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
502 676
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

37
496 678
The Joy of Painting is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

38
513 530
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

39
449 803
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
512 898
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

41
485 917
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

42
455 938
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump^! Ivanka Trump^! George Ross

43
140 84
American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 43 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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276 254
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

45
342 521
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
394 643
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

47
205 169
E! True Hollywood Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
E! True Hollywood Story Don Morrow^! Neil Ross^! Kieran Mulroney

48
450 796
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

49
437 660
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

50
436 693
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo