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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
1,123 1,113
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
956 942
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
952 980
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
648 919
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 1,079
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
385 374
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
850 1,105
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
421 553
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
269 320
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
825 910
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

12
995 986
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
897 934
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

14
839 945
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
467 324
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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441 318
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
740 681
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
789 859
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
346 697
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
807 863
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
683 814
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

22
189 300
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
790 921
America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
America's Next Top Model Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

24
661 854
Cops is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

25
403 330
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
699 832
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
219 155
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
640 790
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

29
653 849
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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298 240
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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602 732
Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Deadliest Catch Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

32
524 645
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
529 743
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

34
549 632
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
510 700
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
479 651
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

37
494 505
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

38
477 655
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
443 774
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
502 870
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
255 233
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

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444 900
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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472 890
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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184 152
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
325 496
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
441 770
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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426 636
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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378 623
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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423 666
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo

50
396 619
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