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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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2
1,124 1,114
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
957 943
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
952 981
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Big Brother Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

5
648 920
America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

6
1,308 1,080
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
386 374
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
850 1,106
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
422 553
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
826 910
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

11
269 321
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
kaylive added Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

12
898 934
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

13
995 987
Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Project Runway Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

14
839 946
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
467 326
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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442 319
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
741 682
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
789 861
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
347 698
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
808 864
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
684 815
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

22
791 922
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

23
190 302
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

24
662 855
Cops is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

25
403 331
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
699 833
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
220 155
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
debra-martin added Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, Michael Symon

28
642 790
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

29
653 850
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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603 732
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
298 241
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

32
525 645
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
529 745
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

34
550 633
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
510 701
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
479 652
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

37
494 506
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

38
477 656
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
443 775
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
502 871
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
255 234
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

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446 900
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

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473 890
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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185 152
E! True Hollywood Story is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
E! True Hollywood Story Don Morrow, Neil Ross, Kieran Mulroney

45
325 497
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
441 771
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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426 637
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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378 624
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

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423 667
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

50
396 620
This Old House is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
This Old House Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor