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The Best 2000s Reality Shows 

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Updated October 4, 2019 1.4k votes 233 voters 6.8k 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.

Which 2000s reality show do you think is the best? Let your voice be heard by voting your favorites up to the top of this 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

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 241

The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 141

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: CBS

Big Brother 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. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...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

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 438

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 241

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more

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

Premiered: 1998

Network: MTV

True Life is an American documentary television series that has been airing on MTV since March 31, 1998. Each episode follows a particular topic, such as heroin addiction as in the first episode ...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

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 106

Network: MTV

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

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 749

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: Discovery Channel

Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or colloquially as simply Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom, is a survival television series hosted by ...more
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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

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Bravo, Lifetime Television

Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more

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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Pimp My Ride Xzibit, Buck

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: MTV, Speed

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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The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: MTV

The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The series premiered on MTV on March 5, 2002, and in its ...more

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Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 71

Network: MTV

Jersey Shore is an American reality television series which ran on MTV from December 3, 2009 to December 20, 2012 in the United States. The series follows the lives of eight housemates spending ...more

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Charm School is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Jamie Foxx, Sharon Osbourne, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 34

Network: VH1

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) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: MTV

The Hills is a semi-scripted American reality television series that originally aired on MTV from May 31, 2006 until July 13, 2010. Developed as a spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange ...more

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: The History Channel

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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: Bravo

Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more

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Road Rules is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover

Premiered: 1995

Network: MTV

Road Rules is an MTV reality show that was a sister show of the network's flagship reality show, The Real World. The series, which was only MTV's second reality show, debuted on July 19, 1995, ...more

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 321

Network: MTV

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) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 113

Network: Bravo

The Real Housewives of Orange County is an American reality television series that premiered on March 21, 2006 on Bravo. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: MTV

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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: The WB Television Network, Fox Reality Channel, The CW Television Network

Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series that is an international franchise, the U.S version is shown on The CW. It has been advertised as "The Ultimate Social Experiment" ...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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: VH1

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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: MTV, MTV2

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