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The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving

Updated October 29, 2020 5.4k votes 896 voters 25.1k views37 items

List RulesVote up your favorite low-brow, guilty pleasure shows (reality and scripted) currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service

There's a certain type of entertainment that is universally loved, simple in premise, and so much fun to watch... And yet most people won't admit to watching it. Admit it: You know you love trashy TV. Why? Because those "bad" television shows are your binge-worthy guilty pleasures. They are basically the TV equivalent of eating a Big Mac with fries - oh so delicious, but without any other redeeming qualities. Trashy TV at it's best is easy to follow, delectably low-brow, and undeniably great - as long as you don't overdo it.

Whether it's following all the Kardashian drama (will Scott and Kourtney ever reconcile?), to watching someone get "catfished" (seriously, how is this still happening?), or trying to guess who is going to hook up with whom on Below Deck, this is the definitive list of trashy shows that you can't help but love.

There's something so addicting and refreshing about losing yourself completely in a show, especially when you don't have to follow too closely in order to enjoy them at the end of a stressful day. Check out the 2016-2017 trashy television shows below, and don't forget to vote up your favorites! 

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    Catfish: The TV Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
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    143

    Catfish: The TV Show

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 2
    Watch What Happens: Live is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    127
    128

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

  • 3
    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    149
    159

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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  • 4
    Say Yes to the Dress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    126
    151

    Say Yes to the Dress

    Roger Craig Smith

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 5
    Teen Mom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    136
    176

    Teen Mom

    Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

  • 6
    Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    128
    168

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 7
    Below Deck Mediterranean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    5
    1

    Below Deck Mediterranean

    Hannah Ferrier, Sandy Yawn

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

  • 8
    Love Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    24
    29

    Love Island

    Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

  • 9
    The Circle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    8
    7

    The Circle

    Michelle Buteau

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

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  • 10
    13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    32
    45

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

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  • 11
    True Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    87
    130

    True Life

    Serena Altschul

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

  • 12
    Texicanas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    8
    12

    Texicanas

    Penny Ayarzagoitia, Mayra Farret

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality tv, Docuseries

  • 13
    Duck Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    97
    153

    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

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  • 14
    Jersey Shore Family Vacation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    16
    29

    Jersey Shore Family Vacation

    Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality

  • 15
    Vanderpump Rules is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    72
    118

    Vanderpump Rules

    Kristy-lee Hargreaves, Sheridan separovic

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 16
    Insatiable is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    20
    36

    Insatiable

    Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama

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  • 17
    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    0
    0

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 18
    Billions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    65
    108

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 19
    Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    79
    133

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 20
    Bridezillas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving

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  • 21
    16 and Pregnant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    0
    0

    16 and Pregnant

    Drew Pinsky, Weston Gosa Jr.

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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    Below Deck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    56
    104

    Below Deck

    Lee Rosbach, Aleks Taldykin

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 23
    The Circle: France is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
  • 24
    The Real Housewives of Orange  is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    84
    155

    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Reality television

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    Keeping Up with the Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving
    106
    197

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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