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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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1,564 1,221
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
1,112 1,097
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
939 932
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
641 901
America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
dale358z added America's Got Talent Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

5
928 968
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
1,291 1,072
The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

7
374 366
Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Fear Factor Joe Rogan

8
842 1,089
Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Pawn Stars Corey Harrison

9
412 543
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
261 308
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
815 902
Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

12
884 928
Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Wipeout John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

13
982 976
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
457 318
MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
VesperLynd94 added MythBusters Jamie Hyneman, Robert Lee, Adam Savage

15
827 938
Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
mohammed saad added Top Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

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432 311
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
732 672
Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Undercover Boss Mark Keller

18
339 681
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Bachelor Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

19
781 855
Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky, Doug Glover

20
800 858
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
182 290
Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
AshleyLCarswell added Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Nick Groff

22
674 810
Chopped is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Chopped Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

23
657 846
Cops is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

24
781 911
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
392 322
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
690 829
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
212 151
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
631 788
Storage Wars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

29
646 847
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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598 727
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
291 235
Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

32
520 641
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
526 738
Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Cake Boss Buddy Valastro

34
544 628
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
500 695
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
475 647
Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

37
490 500
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Planet Earth Sigourney Weaver

38
468 652
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
437 770
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
500 861
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
443 889
The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Apprentice Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, George Ross

42
320 486
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
The Real World Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck

43
247 229
Face Off is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
ChrissyBaker added Face Off

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470 881
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

45
422 631
Supernanny is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

46
435 766
Dog Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

47
178 148
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
391 616
This Old House is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
This Old House Bob Vila, Norm Abram, Kevin O'Connor

49
372 620
Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

50
416 663
Jackass is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows Ever
Jackass Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo