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The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s

Updated October 29, 2020 8.3k votes 448 voters 4.9k views54 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
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    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton

    Premiered2011

    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 2
    Chopped
    116
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    Chopped

    Ted Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli

    Premiered2009

    Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 3
    Dancing with the Stars
    110
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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

    Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 4
    The Masked Singer
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  • 5
    Undercover Boss
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    Undercover Boss

    Mark Keller

    Premiered2010

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  • 6
    Wipeout
    99
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    Wipeout

    John Henson, John Anderson

    Premiered2008

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  • 7
    American Idol
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    American Idol

    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson

    Premiered2002

    American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 8
    Shark Tank
    97
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    Shark Tank

    Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran

    Premiered2009

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  • 9
    Hell's Kitchen
    108
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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic

    Premiered2005

    Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Survivor
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    Survivor

    Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano

    Premiered2000

    Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 11
    The Bachelor
    105
    129

    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

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  • 12
    America's Next Top Model
    104
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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    Premiered2003

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  • 13
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    111
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    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

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  • 14
    Top Chef
    67
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    Top Chef

    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons

    Premiered2006

    Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 15
    Big Brother
    5
    1

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    MasterChef
    68
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    MasterChef

    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot

    Premiered2010

    MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 17
    Billion Dollar Buyer
    5
    1

    Billion Dollar Buyer

    Tilman Fertitta

    Premiered2016

    Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC, 2016) is an American reality TV show. Tilman Fertitta, CEO and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    RuPaul's Drag Race
    95
    127

    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul, Michelle Visage

    Premiered2009

    RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 19
    The Amazing Race
    107
    144

    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    Premiered2001

    The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 20
    The Bachelorette
    101
    137

    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2003

    The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Big Brother
    115
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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

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  • 22
    MasterChef Junior
    62
    85

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

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  • 23
    Kitchen Nightmares
    68
    96

    Kitchen Nightmares

    Gordon Ramsay

    Premiered2007

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  • 24
    Project Runway
    83
    118

    Project Runway

    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum

    Premiered2004

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  • 25
    Guy's Grocery Games
    60
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    Guy's Grocery Games

    Guy Fieri, Troy Johnson

    Premiered2013

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