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The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV  

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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 2019.

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Gordon Ramsay
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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Howie Mandel, Mel B, Tyra Banks
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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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
dcmlyt added Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham
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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American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
WarrenMitchell added Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
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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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine
The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Mbbk6214 added James "Murr" Murray, Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto
In 1999, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano, four high school friends from Staten Island, NY formed the live improv and sketch comedy troupe, The Tenderloins. After a long and ...more
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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot
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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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Phil Keoghan
The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
dcmlyt added Julie Chen
Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more
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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
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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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John
Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and a franchise of Dragons' Den. Aspiring entrepreneur-contestants pitch their business idea to a panel ...more
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Property Brothers Forever Home is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott
Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV, 2019) is an American home improvement reality television series. Hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott help families transform their homes into their dream, ...more
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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen
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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons
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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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Wife Swap (Paramount Network, 2019) is an American reality television series that is a revival of the original 2004 series on ABC. Families from the Metro Atlanta area swap the lives of the ...more
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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
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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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Harley Rae Reid added Mike Rowe
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the ...more
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Project Runway: All Stars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Angela Lindvall, Carolyn Murphy, Alyssa Milano
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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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Love Island is a daily British reality television programme. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five weeks on an island in Fiji. Viewers would vote for the couple they would like to ...more
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Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews, Brooke Burke-Charvet
Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more
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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Jon Taffer, P.J. King
Bar 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 ...more
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America's Next Top Model is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Tyra Banks, Rita Ora, Ashley Graham
America's Next Top Model is an American reality television series and interactive competition that premiered on May 20, 2003. It originally aired on UPN, whose merger with The WB created The CW ...more
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Vanderpump Rules is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
jinkieszoinks added Lisa Vanderpump, Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval
Vanderpump Rules is an American reality television series airing on Bravo, featuring The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump in the title role and her staff at ...more
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Jersey Shore Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV
Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio, Nicole Polizzi
Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, 2018) is an American reality television series developed by SallyAnn Salsano. Six years after the end of Jersey Shore, the housemates are reunited as they ...more