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The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s

Updated January 6, 2021 8.1k votes 461 voters 5.5k views56 items

List RulesVote 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

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    PremieredApril 26, 2011

    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

    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli

    PremieredJanuary 13, 2009

    Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and Michael Krupat, with executive producer Linda Lea, and hosted by Ted Allen that pits four chefs against each...  more

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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big Brother created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show follows a number of contestants, known as...  more

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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    PremieredMay 20, 2003

    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series create by Tyra Banks. Several women compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model", providing them with...  more

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    Wipeout

    John Henson, John Anderson

    PremieredJune 24, 2008

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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    PremieredJune 1, 2005

    Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television...  more

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    Survivor

    Jeff Probst

    PremieredMay 31, 2000

    Survivor (CBS, 200) is a reality game show and is based on Swedish television series Expedition Robinson created by Charlie Parsons. Hosted by Jeff Probst, contestants are isolated in the wilderness...  more

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    PremieredJanuary 2, 2019

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    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    PremieredSeptember 5, 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....  more

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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic

    PremieredMay 30, 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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    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    PremieredMarch 25, 2002

    The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series created by Mike Fleiss. A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down to...  more

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    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul, Michelle Visage

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2009

    RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo TV, 2009) is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series,...  more

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    Undercover Boss

    Mark Keller

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2010

    Undercover Boss (CBS, 2009) is an American reality television series, based on the British series of the same name. Each episode depicts a person who has an upper-management position at a major...  more

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    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    PremieredOctober 14, 2007

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series created by Ryan Seacrest. The series focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner...  more

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    MasterChef

    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot

    PremieredJuly 27, 2010

    MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series. A nationwide search for the best home cooks in America where one of 50 hopefuls will...  more

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    Shark Tank

    Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran

    PremieredAugust 9, 2009

    Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and an entry in the Dragons' Den franchise. Aspiring entrepreneur-contestants pitch their business idea to a...  more

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    Top Chef

    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons

    PremieredMarch 8, 2006

    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 judged by...  more

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    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2003

    The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff of The Bachelor. A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to...  more

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    The Family Chantel

    Chantel Everett, Pedro Jimeno

    PremieredJuly 22, 2019

    The Family Chantel (TLC, 2019) is an American reality television show and a spin-off series of 90 Day Fiancé. The first 90 Day spinoff to follow an individual couple, the show follows Chantel Everett...  more

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    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 will compete in the first audition round and present...  more

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    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    PremieredJune 11, 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 June...  more

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    Billion Dollar Buyer

    Tilman Fertitta

    Premiered2016

    Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC, 2016) is an American reality TV show. Tilman Fertitta, CEO and owner of Landry's, Inc. travels the nation to sample new and innovative hospitality products while small...  more
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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    PremieredJuly 6, 2000

    Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a reality game show series based on a Dutch series of the same name created by producer John de Mol. The series follows a group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, who...  more

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    Project Runway

    Christian Siriano, Tim Gunn

    PremieredDecember 1, 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 are...  more

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