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Surprise! It's The Best Hidden Camera Reality Shows

Updated March 19, 2021 856 votes 89 voters 3.8k views47 items

List RulesVote up your favorite reality shows that focus on the stories told by hidden cameras.

The best hidden camera shows offer voyeuristic delight. Combining the fun of pranks and practical jokes with the hilarity of watching someone realize they're being set up for a joke, hidden camera shows consistently deliver the laughs.  Although prank shows might be the first kind of hidden camera TV show you think of, there are even serious hidden camera series that are no laughing matter, although they offer the same sneak peek into the lives of others.

Cheaters might be one of the best known non-prank hidden camera shows, using concealed cameras to expose lies in long-term relationships. Even hidden camera prank shows aren't always in it for the laughs - series such as Scare Tactics and Prank Encounters focus on scaring folks and filming their reactions. Other hidden camera series are more like game shows, with contestants racing to see who can be fired first (Fire Me... Please) or performing weird tasks in front of strangers as guided by an earpiece (Game Show in My Head).  Even with all the possible variations of hidden camera TV shows, straight forward practical joke series are some of the most popular, such as Impractical Jokers and Candid Camera.

Vote up the best reality hidden camera shows and vote down the series that are better off out of sight and out of mind!

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    Impractical Jokers

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

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    Candid Camera

    Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise
    Candid Camera (ABC, 1948) is an American hidden camera reality television series created by...  more

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    Cheaters

    Joel S. Greco, Robert Magruder
    Cheaters (CW Plus TV, 2000) is an American hidden camera reality television series. It is...  more

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    To Catch a Predator (NBC, 2004) is an American reality television series. Hosted by Chris...  more

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    What Would You Do?

    Dee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers
    What Would You Do? (Nickelodeon, 1991) is a reality television show. During each show, the...  more

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    Oblivious

    Davina McCall, Regan Burns
    Oblivious (Paramount Network, 2002) is an American hidden camera comedy game show based on a...  more
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    Scare Tactics

    Shannen Doherty, Tracy Morgan
    Scare Tactics (SyFy, 2003) is an American reality comedy television show. This hidden camera...  more

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    Boiling Points

    Alison Becker, Colton Dunn
    Boiling Points (MTV, 2004) was a prank reality television show. In each half-hour episode,...  more
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    The Carbonaro Effect

    Michael Carbonaro
    The Carbonaro Effect (truTV, 2014) is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality...  more

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    Freak Out

    Daniel Amerman, Jessica Jade Andres
    Freak Out (ABC Family, 2014) is an American reality television series. People prank their...  more
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    Speeders

    Daniel Staniszewski, Ricky Steinert
    Speeders (TruTV, 2007) is an American reality legal show. Unlike the more action-packed and...  more
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    Hi-Jinks

    Leila Sbitani
    Hi-Jinks (Nick at Nite, 2005) is an American hidden camera show. The show gives parents a...  more
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    Buzzkill

    Dave Sheridan, Travis Draft
    Buzzkill (MTV, 1995) is an American hidden camera reality show. Each new episode is set in a...  more
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    You've Got A Friend

    Crista Flanagan, Joe Hursley
    You've Got A Friend (MTV, 2004) is an American reality comedy show. The show filmed...  more
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    Mobbed

    Howie Mandel
    Mobbed (Fox, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality television show created by Howie...  more
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    Deal with It

    Brooke Peoples, Maria Russell
    Deal With It (TBS, 2013) is an American comedy television game show series. The series...  more
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    Hidden Agenda

    Debi Gutierrez
    Hidden Agenda (Game Show Network, 2010) is an American hidden camera game show. The show uses...  more
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    Repeat After Me

    Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joe Cipriano
    Repeat After Me (ABC, 2015) is an American hidden camera television series based on one of the...  more
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    Betty White's Off Their Rockers

    Richard Herd, Ted Lange
    Betty White's Off Their Rockers (NBC, 2012) is an American comedy television series based on...  more

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    The Jamie Kennedy Experiment

    Jamie Kennedy, Chris Tallman
    The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, 2002) is an American hidden camera reality television...  more
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    Lente Loco

    Raymond Arrieta, Fernando Fiore
    Lente Loco (Univision, 1990) is an American hidden-camera comedy show created by Carlos...  more
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    Just for Laughs: Gags

    Satine Scarlett Montaz, Marie-Ève Verdier
    Just for Laughs: Gags (CBC, 2000) is a Canadian hidden camera reality television show based on...  more
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    Taxicab Confessions

    Chris Moriarty, Rita Scott
    Taxicab Confessions (HBO, 1995) is an American hidden camera reality television series. When...  more

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    Trigger Happy TV (US)

    Jerry Minor, Travis Draft
    Trigger Happy TV is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series based...  more