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The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s 

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Updated November 19, 2019 5.6k votes 421 voters 4.4k views 49 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite reality programs that aired in the 2010s - no straight game shows

This decade saw the rise of reality TV as it became more niche and truly had something to offer everyone. From some great 2010s reality programs that are centered around people looking for love, to other good 2010s reality shows about true crime, reality TV in the 2010s moved further away from its Survivor and American Idol roots to become diverse and varied. From 90 Day Fiance to RuPaul's Drag Race and its various spin-offs, if you're looking for jawdropping, must-watch TV, this decade proved that scripted television is no longer the only place to find it.

So what series appear on this best 2010s reality shows list? Singing competitions are nothing new, but when The Voice premiered in 2011 it added some all-star coaches to the mix, and then spawned a revival in the genre, eventually spawning The Masked Singer. The Bachelor is another popular reality show that aired in the 2010s, and then went on to influence shows like Love Island.

Gordon Ramsay became a household name thanks to the continued success of his reality show, Hell's Kitchen, which then led to other cooking shows like MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, as well as baking shows like Netflix's Nailed It and the ever popular Great British Bake Off. And then there's the ones that st reality shows list include American Idol, Survivor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Which 2010s reality show deserves the top spot on this list? Vote up your favorites!

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 437

Network: NBC

The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, and Carson Daly. Based on the original The Voice of ...more

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Chopped is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 155

Network: Food Network

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
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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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Nick Cannon
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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 292

Network: CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
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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Wipeout is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
John Henson, John Anderson, Jill Wagner

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 97

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
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) 9 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: CBS

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 17

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 241

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s

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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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Mark Keller

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: CBS

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Ben Sandford

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Keeping Up with the Kard... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: E!

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Logo

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Guy's Grocery Games is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Guy Fieri, Troy Johnson, Melissa d'Arabian

Premiered: 2013

Guy Fieri sends four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high stakes, high skills, grocery store cooking competition. The chefs are hit by real-world challenges like finding ...more

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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: Bravo

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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Bravo, Lifetime Television

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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: The History Channel

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