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The Trashiest TV Shows You Can't Help Loving

Updated February 4, 2021 5.3k votes 915 voters 26.7k views49 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 Show1
    164
    140

    Catfish: The TV Show

    Yaniv Schulman, Max Joseph

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • Watch What Happens: Live2
    124
    126

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

  • Grey's Anatomy3
    147
    156

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

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  • Say Yes to the Dress4
    121
    146

    Say Yes to the Dress

    Roger Craig Smith

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • Teen Mom5
    132
    168

    Teen Mom

    Farrah Abraham, Maci Bookout

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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  • Love Island6
    28
    28

    Love Island

    Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

  • Dance Moms7
    125
    159

    Dance Moms

    Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • Below Deck Mediterranean8
    7
    2

    Below Deck Mediterranean

    Hannah Ferrier, Sandy Yawn

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

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  • The Circle9
    11
    9

    The Circle

    Michelle Buteau

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality TV

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  • 13 Reasons Why10
    34
    48

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

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  • True Life11
    85
    124

    True Life

    Serena Altschul

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

  • Jersey Shore Family Vacation12
    19
    29

    Jersey Shore Family Vacation

    Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality

  • Duck Dynasty13
    94
    145

    Duck Dynasty

    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Reality television

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  • Billions14
    65
    102

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • Vanderpump Rules15
    71
    113

    Vanderpump Rules

    Kristy-lee Hargreaves, Sheridan separovic

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • Big Brother16
    77
    127

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • Insatiable17
    18
    36

    Insatiable

    Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Comedy-drama

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  • Texicanas18
    5
    15

    Texicanas

    Penny Ayarzagoitia, Mayra Farret

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Reality tv, Docuseries

  • Below Deck19
    54
    98

    Below Deck

    Lee Rosbach, Aleks Taldykin

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

  • The Real Housewives of Orange County20
    82
    148

    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Reality television

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  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians21
    102
    187

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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  • The Bachelor22
    81
    154

    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

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  • Empire23
    48
    104

    Empire

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Family

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  • The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City24
    4
    0

    The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City

    Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    More The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City 

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  • Big Brother25
    2
    0

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

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