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The Best 2000s Reality Shows  

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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
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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried
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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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
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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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
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
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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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal
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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True Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Serena Altschul
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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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
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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Cops is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson
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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MTV Cribs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Su-chin Pak
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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Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Xzibit, Buck
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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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia
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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The Osbournes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne
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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Charm School is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Jamie Foxx, Sharon Osbourne, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson
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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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison
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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Road Rules is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Cara Zavaleta, Veronica Portillo, Kit Hoover
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 Hills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Lauren Conrad
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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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira
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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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan
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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Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley
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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi
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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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard
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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Boy Meets Boy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Franklin Ferguson, Dan Wells, Brian Austin
Boy Meets Boy is an American reality television show in which a gay man met and chose a mate from a group of 15 potential male suitors. The show featured the twist that the "leading ...more
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Laguna Beach: The Real Orange ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Reality Shows
Talan Torriero, Lo Bosworth, Morgan Olsen
Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County is an American reality television series that originally aired on MTV from September 28, 2004 until November 15, 2006. The series aired three seasons 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
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