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The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV 

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Updated July 28, 2020 49.4k votes 4.8k voters 221.7k views 117 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite reality shows currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

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 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 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 if you don’t see your favorite, add it! And then see what brand-new reality shows are premiering in 2020.

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
dcmlyt added 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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Gordon Ramsay

Premiered: 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 Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Phil Keoghan

Premiered: 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.

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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Howie Mandel, Mel B, Tyra Banks

Premiered: 2006

America'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, ...more

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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Mbbk6214 added James "Murr" Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto

Premiered: 2011

Impractical 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 ...more

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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

Premiered: 2013

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 ...more

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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Premiered: 2009

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

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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine

Premiered: 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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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John

Premiered: 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 ...more

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American Ninja Warrior ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
WarrenMitchell added Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Premiered: 2009

American 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

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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen

Premiered: 2015

Lip 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 ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Nick Cannon
The 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

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90 Day Fiancé is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
90 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American documentary series that follows couples who have 90 days to decide to marry before their 90-day K-1 visas (available uniquely to foreign ...more
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Ex on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore, Welborn Ferrene
Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast members from various reality television shows and first time reality participants live together in ...more
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Project Runway: All Star... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Angela Lindvall, Carolyn Murphy, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 2012

Project 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.

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Making the Cut is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn

Premiered: 2020

Making the Cut (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American reality television series created and presented by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. The fashion competition show will feature a panel of five famous ...more

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Craftopia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Lauren Riihimaki

Premiered: 2020

Craftopia (HBO Max, 2020) is an unscripted television series hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY. On Craftopia, 9-15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their ...more

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Dragons Den is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Peter Jones, Evan Davis, Deborah Meaden

Premiered: 2005

Dragons' Den (BBC Two, 2005) is a British reality television series. The show allows several entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their varying business ideas to a panel of five wealthy ...more

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Southern Survival is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV

Premiered: 2020

Southern Survival (Netflix, 2020) is an American documentary television series. Follow a crew of survival experts who test out products designed to help people get through dangerous situations, ...more

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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Jason Hawkins, Victoria Hogan, Tina

Premiered: 2019

Haunted (Netflix, 2018) is an American paranormal documentary anthology television series. Often using horror film framing, individuals and groups share horror stories about their paranormal ...more
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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Arielle Vandenberg

Premiered: 2019

Love Island (CBS, 2019) is an American dating reality show based on the British series Love Island. A group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, live in isolation from the outside world and ...more
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Fight Like a Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Sasha Banks, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella

Premiered: 2020

Fight Like a Girl (Quibi, 2020) is an American reality web television series executive produced by WWE Studios. The series features professional women wrestlers discussing their personal stories ...more
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Dr. Pimple Popper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Sandra Lee

Premiered: 2018

Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, 2018) is an American reality television series. The series, starring dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee, follows her as she treats patients with unusual ...more
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The Final Table is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV

Premiered: 2018

The Final Table (Netflix, 2018) is an American competitive cooking reality television series. Teams of chefs vie to impress some of the world's toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes ...more