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The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving

Updated March 2, 2021 5.6k votes 919 voters 27.4k views50 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

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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    122
    122

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

  • 3
    142
    153

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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  • 4
    119
    140

    Say Yes to the Dress

    Roger Craig Smith

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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    30
    27

    Love Island

    Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

  • 6
    129
    162

    Teen Mom

    Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • 7
    122
    155

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 8
    12
    11

    The Circle

    Michelle Buteau

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

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  • 9
    7
    4

    Below Deck Mediterranean

    Hannah Ferrier, Sandy Yawn

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

  • 10
    20
    28

    Jersey Shore Family Vacation

    Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality

  • 11
    32
    48

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery, Thriller

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    80
    120

    True Life

    Serena Altschul

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

  • 13
    92
    140

    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

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    70
    108

    Vanderpump Rules

    Kristy-lee Hargreaves, Sheridan separovic

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 15
    76
    123

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • 16
    18
    33

    Insatiable

    Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama

    More Insatiable 

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  • 17
    51
    95

    Below Deck

    Lee Rosbach, Aleks Taldykin

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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    78
    142

    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Reality television

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  • 19
    96
    179

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    More Keeping Up with the Kardashians 

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  • 20
    77
    148

    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

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  • 21
    51
    127

    The Real Housewives of New York City

    Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • 22
    42
    111

    Shahs of Sunset

  • 23
    47
    137

    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

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  • 24
    45
    139

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    More The Real Housewives of Atlanta 

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  • 25
    4
    1

    The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

    Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    More The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City 

    #139 of 245 The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years#124 of 605 The Best New TV Shows Of 2020