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The Best 2000s Reality Shows 

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Updated October 4, 2019 1.5k votes 242 voters 7.1k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite reality programs that aired in the 2000s - no straight game shows

These are the best 2000s reality shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some great 2000s reality programs are centered around people looking for love, while other good 2000s reality shows were game changing competition shows. Many of the greatest 2000s reality series effectively changed the landscape of TV forever.

What series appear on this best 2000s reality shows list? Survivor revolutionized reality competition series when it premiered back in 2000. After airing dozens of seasons, the show remains one of the most popular reality series on television today. America's Next Top Model, hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, is another great reality program from the 00s.

American Idol has introduced music fans to several talented artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. The Hills, The Challenge and 16 and Pregnant, all of which aired on MTV, also are featured on this top 2000s reality shows list.

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

Premiered: 2000

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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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Phil Keoghan

Premiered: 2001

The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster. Teams of two people race around the world in competition with other teams.

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Premiered: 2005

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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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Premiered: 2000

Big Brother (CBS, 2000) 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, taking its name from the character in ...more

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Premiered: 2002

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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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

Premiered: 2003

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True Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Serena Altschul

Premiered: 1998

True Life (MTV, 1998) is an American documentary television series. Each episode follows a particular topic such as drug use, money issues, and sexuality, and the show is created by following a ...more
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MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Su-chin Pak

Premiered: 2000

MTV Cribs and CMT Cribs, depending on which channel it airs, is a franchise reality television program that originated on the MTV Networks' MTV. It later aired on its CMT channel that features ...more
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Cops is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

Premiered: 1988

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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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal

Premiered: 2006

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Project Runway (Bravo, 2004) is an American reality television series created by Eli Holzman. Model Heidi Klum hosts contestants as they compete with each other to create the best clothes and ...more

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Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley

Premiered: 2009

Jersey Shore (MTV, 2009) is an American reality television series created by SallyAnn Salsano. EIght housemates live together at a vacation home and experience friendships, romance, and drama.

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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck

Premiered: 2004

Pimp My Ride is a TV show produced by MTV and hosted by rapper Xzibit. Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it. The original ...more

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Charm School is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Jamie Foxx, Sharon Osbourne, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson

Premiered: 2007

Charm School is a reality television series airing on VH1; a spin-off of Flavor of Love created by executive producers Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin. The first season, called Flavor of Love Girls: ...more
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The Hills is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad

Premiered: 2006

The Hills (MTV, 2006) is an American reality television series created by Adam DiVello, and a spinoff of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. After graduating high school, Lauren Conrad moves ...more

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Premiered: 2009

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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The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

Premiered: 2002

The Osbournes (MTV, 2002) is an American reality television program. It features the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, his wife, and two of their three children.

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Road Rules is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover

Premiered: 1995

Road Rules (MTV, 1995) is an American reality show created by Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray and based off of The Real World. The series followed six strangers, between the ages of 18 and ...more
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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

Premiered: 1998

The Challenge is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality shows, The Real World and the now cancelled Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in ...more

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The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

Premiered: 2006

The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women ...more

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

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Laguna Beach: The Real O... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Talan Torriero, Lo Bosworth, Morgan Olsen

Premiered: 2004

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My Super Sweet 16 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows

Premiered: 2005

My Super Sweet 16 is a MTV reality series documenting the lives of teenagers, usually in the United States, Canada and UK, who usually have wealthy parents who throw huge coming of age ...more
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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard

Premiered: 2006

Flavor of Love is an American reality television dating game show starring Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy. While not a direct spin-off, the show was a result of Brigitte Nielsen and ...more

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Viva La Bam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Bam Margera, Vincent Margera, Ryan Dunn

Premiered: 2003

Viva La Bam is an American reality television series that stars Bam Margera and his friends and family. The show was a spin-off from MTV's Jackass, in which Margera and most of the main cast had ...more