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The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV

Updated November 24, 2020 49.8k votes 5.0k voters 229.8k views164 items

List RulesVote 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
    1,183
    1,023

    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 buy button

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  • 2
    Hell's Kitchen
    978
    845

    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay

    Premiered2005

    Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Amazing Race
    832
    806

    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 buy button

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  • 4
    Shark Tank
    625
    630

    Shark Tank

    Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran

    Premiered2009

    Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    American Ninja Warrior
    275
    267

    American Ninja Warrior

    Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown

    Premiered2009

    American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    America's Got Talent
    768
    798

    America's Got Talent

    Howie Mandel, Mel B

    Premiered2006

    America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    MasterChef Junior
    681
    712

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi

    Premiered2013

    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Impractical Jokers
    791
    841

    Impractical Jokers

    James "Murr" Murray, Sal Vulcano

    Premiered2011

    Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    RuPaul's Drag Race
    880
    971

    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 buy button

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  • 10
    The Voice
    778
    880

    The Voice

    Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 11
    90 Day Fiancé
    90 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American documentary series that follows couples who have 90... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    The Little Couple
    22
    17

    The Little Couple

    The Little Couple is an American reality television series on TLC that debuted May 26, 2009.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Masked Singer
    225
    286
    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Top Chef
    518
    689

    Top Chef

    Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio

    Premiered2006

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

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  • 15
    Lip Sync Battle
    551
    799

    Lip Sync Battle

    LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen

    Premiered2015

    Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, 2015) is an American musical reality competition... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 16
    Nailed It!
    15
    22

    Nailed It!

    Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres

    Premiered2018

    Nailed It! (Netflix, 2018) is a reality bake-off competition series. Three amateur bakers... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Great British Bake Off
    376
    561

    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

    Premiered2010

    The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Project Runway: All Stars
    461
    696

    Project Runway: All Stars

    Angela Lindvall, Carolyn Murphy

    Premiered2012

    Project Runway All Stars is a spin-off series based on Project Runway. It features 13... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Love Island
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    230

    Love Island

    Arielle Vandenberg

    Premiered2019

    Love Island (CBS, 2019) is an American dating reality show based on the British series Love... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Supernanny
    17
    27

    Supernanny

    Jo Frost, Jeff Bartsch

    Premiered2005

    Supernanny (ABC, 2005) is an American reality television program of the same name and with the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Ex on the Beach
    35
    55

    Ex on the Beach

    Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore
    Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    MeatEater
    2
    5

    MeatEater

    Steven Rinella

    Premiered2012

    MeatEater is a non-fiction outdoors hunting television series in the United States airing on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 23
    Bridezillas
    Bridezillas is an American reality television series that airs on WE tv and debuted on June 1,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 24
    Deadliest Catch
    421
    660

    Premiered2005

    Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Dancing with the Stars
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    747

    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews

    Premiered2005

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

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