What are the best reality shows on right now? Are you a Real Housewives faithful or are you totally into reality shows set in the elements, like a Bear Gryllis situation? Maybe you're strictly a Survivor devotee? Some consider Dancing with the Stars to be one of the best current shows on ABC. No matter what you prefer, there's plenty of current reality television for you to enjoy.
Reality series on now reflect a certain evolution of the genre. Sure, there’s still table flipping, but today’s top reality shows are popular with stars who are much more streetwise than those kooky kids back in the early-‘90s on the first Real World (except for maybe the people on Hoarders). Which current reality show should reign supreme? The Bachelor? Amazing Race? RuPaul's Drag Race? They're all good reality TV shows listed here.
This list of current reality programs also includes reality competition shows, like America's Got Talent and The Voice.
How about the latest ruler of current reality shows? The Great British Bake Off quietly debuted in America and quickly won over viewers, even though the most dramatic thing that’s happened on the series so far is an Irish guy dumping a baked Alaska in the bin? If that isn't for you, maybe fan-favorite cooking reality shows like Top Chef are what will get your upvotes.
Vote up the best reality TV shows currently on television and then see what brand-new reality shows are premiering this year..
Premiered: 2000Survivor is the American version of the Survivor reality game show, itself derived from the Swedish television series Expedition Robinson originally created in 1997 by Charlie Parsons. The series... more
Premiered: May 30, 2005Hell'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
Premiered: September 5, 2001The 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
Premiered: December 12, 2009American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty... more
Premiered: August 9, 2009Shark 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
Premiered: 2013MasterChef 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
Premiered: December 15, 2011Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with improvisational elements. Q, Sal, Joe and Murr are real-life best friends who love challenging each other to the... more
Premiered: February 2, 2009RuPaul'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
Premiered: June 21, 2006America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers,... more
Premiered: April 26, 2011The 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
Premiered: January 12, 201490 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American reality documentary series.The series follows couples who have 90 days to decide to marry before their 90-day K-1 visas (available uniquely to foreign fiancés... more
Premiered: March 8, 2006Top 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
Dinner: ImpossibleMichael Symon
Premiered: 2007Dinner: Impossible is an American television program broadcast by the Food Network. The first episode aired on January 24, 2007 and the last episode aired in 2010. Food Network began airing the... more
Premiered: January 2, 2019The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a... more
Gold RushPaul Christie, Dean Lennox Kelly
Premiered: 2010Gold Rush (Discovery, 2010) is a reality television series. The series follows the placer gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies, mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City,... more
Premiered: August 17, 2010The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a... more
Premiered: 2021Race Across the World (Discovery+, 2021) is a British reality competition series. Narrated by John Hannah, five pairs of travelers race from London to the Far East without taking a single flight, a... more
Premiered: April 2, 2015Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, 2015) is an American musical reality competition television series hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. Varieties of celebrities pair up to do battle each week... more
Premiered: 2012Project Runway All Stars is a spin-off series based on Project Runway. It features 13 designers from seasons 1-9 of the original series with a new host, new judges and a new mentor.... more
Gold RushPaul Christie
Premiered: 2010Gold Rush is a reality television series that airs on Discovery. The fifth season of the show began airing in the United States on October 17, 2014. The show focuses on the mining of gold placer... more
Premiered: 2005Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab... more
Bar RescueJon Taffer, P.J. King
Premiered: July 19, 2011Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars Jon Taffer, who offers his professional expertise plus renovations and equipment to desperately failing... more
Premiered: May 22, 2015Alaskan Bush People (Discovery Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. A journey deep into Alaska's bush, where naturalist and adventurer Billy Brown, along with his wife, Ami, and... more
Premiered: January 15, 2021Bling Empire (Netflix, 2021) is an American reality series. The series features LA's wildly wealthy Asian and Asian American fun seekers as they go all out with fabulous parties, glamour, and drama.... more
RuPaul's Drag Race: UntuckedRuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! is the access-all-areas pass to the drama that you didn't see on the runway--the backstage bitchiness, the catfights, the struggles, the tears and the secrets. See what... more