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The Greatest Reality Shows of the 2010s

Updated January 6, 2021 7.9k votes 454 voters 5.0k 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 Voice1
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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
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  • Chopped2
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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
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  • Wipeout3
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    Wipeout

    John Henson, John Anderson

    Premiered2008

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  • Dancing with the Stars4
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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
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  • The Masked Singer5
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    Premiered2019

    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South...  more
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  • America's Next Top Model6
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    America's Next Top Model

    Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House

    Premiered2003

    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series...  more
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  • Hell's Kitchen7
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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
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  • Undercover Boss8
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    Mark Keller

    Premiered2010

    Undercover Boss (CBS, 2009) is an American reality television series, based on the British...  more
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  • Survivor9
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    Survivor

    Jeff Probst

    Premiered2000

    Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show,...  more
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  • Shark Tank10
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    Shark Tank

    Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran

    Premiered2009

    Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and...  more
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  • Top Chef11
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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
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  • Big Brother12
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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big...  more
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  • Billion Dollar Buyer13
    11
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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...  more
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  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians14
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    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series created by...  more
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  • MasterChef15
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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
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  • The Bachelor16
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    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

    The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series...  more
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  • 90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk17
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  • The Family Chantel18
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    The Family Chantel

    Chantel Everett, Pedro Jimeno

    Premiered2020

    The Family Chantel (TLC, 2019) is an American reality television show and a spin-off series of...  more
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  • American Idol19
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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
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  • RuPaul's Drag Race20
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    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul, Michelle Visage

    Premiered2009

    RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of...  more
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  • The Amazing Race21
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    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    Premiered2001

    The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and...  more
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  • MasterChef Junior22
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    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

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  • Wipeout Canada23
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    Wipeout Canada

    Jonathan Torrens

    Premiered2011

    Wipeout Canada is a Canadian reality television series in which multiple contestants compete...  more
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  • Southern Charm24
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    Southern Charm

    Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks

    Premiered2014

    Southern Charm is an American reality television series that premiered March 3, 2014, on...  more
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  • Celebrity Big Brother25
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    Clayton Halsey, Julie Chen Moonves

    Premiered2018

    Celebrity Big Brother (CBS, 2018) is an American reality gameshow series created by John de...  more
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