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The Best Reality Shows on TV Right Now

Updated May 5, 2021 45.6k votes 5.2k voters 240.5k views201 items

List RulesVote up your favorite reality shows that are currently airing new episodes.

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 then see what brand-new reality shows are premiering this year..

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    Bobby Jon Drinkard, Vecepia Towery
    Survivor is the American version of the Survivor reality game show, itself derived from the...  more
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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay
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    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan
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    American Ninja Warrior

    Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown
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    Shark Tank

    Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran
    Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and...  more

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    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi
    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home...  more

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    America's Got Talent

    Howie Mandel, Mel B
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    Impractical Jokers

    James "Murr" Murray, Sal Vulcano
    Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with...  more

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    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul, Michelle Visage
    RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo TV, 2009) is an American reality competition television series...  more

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    The Voice

    Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green
    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly...  more

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    90 Day Fiancé

    Nicole Nafziger, Azan Tefou
    90 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American reality documentary series.The series follows couples...  more
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    Top Chef

    Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
    Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that...  more

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    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South...  more

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    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie, Dean Lennox Kelly
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    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
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    Lip Sync Battle

    LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen
    Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, 2015) is an American musical reality competition...  more

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    Project Runway: All Stars

    Angela Lindvall, Carolyn Murphy
    Project Runway All Stars is a spin-off series based on Project Runway. It features 13...  more

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    RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked

    RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! is the access-all-areas pass to the drama that you didn't see on...  more
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    The Bridge

    James McAvoy, Maura Dore
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    Bling Empire

    Christine Chiu, Kevin Kreider
    Bling Empire (Netflix, 2021) is an American reality series. The series features LA's wildly...  more

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    Gold Rush

    Paul Christie
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    Bar Rescue

    Jon Taffer, P.J. King
    Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars...  more
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    Alaskan Bush People

    Billy Brown, Ami Brown
    Alaskan Bush People (Discovery Channel, 2014) is an American reality television series. A...  more