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Surprise! It's The Best Hidden Camera Reality Shows

Updated November 5, 2020 700 votes 44 voters45 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
    48
    7

    Impractical Jokers

    James Murray, Salvatore Vulcano

    Premiered2011

    NetworktruTV

    Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with... more on Wikipedia

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    Cheaters
    38
    5

    Cheaters

    Joel S. Greco, Robert Magruder

    Premiered2000

    NetworkCW Plus TV

    Cheaters (CW Plus TV, 2000) is an American hidden camera reality television series. It is... more on Wikipedia
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    Oblivious
    38
    11

    Oblivious

    Davina McCall, Regan Burns

    Premiered2002

    NetworkParamount Network

    Oblivious (Paramount Network, 2002) is an American hidden camera comedy game show based on a... more on Wikipedia
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    Candid Camera
    25
    1

    Candid Camera

    Suzanne Somers, Dom DeLuise

    Premiered1948

    NetworkABC

    Candid Camera (ABC, 1948) is an American hidden camera reality television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    To Catch a Predator
    25
    5

    Premiered2004

    NetworkNBC

    To Catch a Predator (NBC, 2004) is an American reality television series. Hosted by Chris... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    What Would You Do?
    25
    5

    What Would You Do?

    Dee Bradley Baker, Marc Summers

    Premiered1991

    NetworkNickelodeon

    What Would You Do? (Nickelodeon, 1991) is a reality television show. During each show, the... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Scare Tactics
    21
    1

    Scare Tactics

    Shannen Doherty, Tracy Morgan

    Premiered2003

    NetworkSyfy

    Scare Tactics (SyFy, 2003) is an American reality comedy television show. This hidden camera... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Boiling Points
    30
    12

    Boiling Points

    Alison Becker, Colton Dunn

    Premiered2004

    NetworkMTV

    Boiling Points (MTV, 2004) was a prank reality television show. In each half-hour episode,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Carbonaro Effect
    25
    11

    The Carbonaro Effect

    Michael Carbonaro

    Premiered2014

    NetworktruTV

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

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    Speeders
    31
    18

    Speeders

    Daniel Staniszewski, Ricky Steinert

    Premiered2007

    NetworktruTV

    Speeders (TruTV, 2007) is an American reality legal show. Unlike the more action-packed and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Freak Out
    25
    12

    Freak Out

    Daniel Amerman, Jessica Jade Andres

    Premiered2014

    NetworkABC Family, Freeform

    Freak Out (ABC Family, 2014) is an American reality television series. People prank their... more on Wikipedia
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    Hi-Jinks
    18
    5

    Hi-Jinks

    Leila Sbitani

    Premiered2005

    NetworkNick at Nite

    Hi-Jinks (Nick at Nite, 2005) is an American hidden camera show. The show gives parents a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    You've Got A Friend
    12
    0

    You've Got A Friend

    Crista Flanagan, Joe Hursley

    Premiered2004

    NetworkMTV

    You've Got A Friend (MTV, 2004) is an American reality comedy show. The show filmed... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Buzzkill
    24
    17

    Buzzkill

    Dave Sheridan, Travis Draft

    Premiered1996

    NetworkMTV

    Buzzkill (MTV, 1995) is an American hidden camera reality show. Each new episode is set in a... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Mobbed
    14
    7

    Mobbed

    Howie Mandel

    Premiered2011

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

    Mobbed (Fox, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality television show created by Howie... more on Wikipedia
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    Deal with It
    18
    12

    Deal with It

    Brooke Peoples, Maria Russell

    Premiered2013

    NetworkTBS

    Deal With It (TBS, 2013) is an American comedy television game show series. The series... more on Wikipedia
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    Hidden Agenda
    12
    7

    Hidden Agenda

    Debi Gutierrez

    Premiered2010

    NetworkGame Show Network

    Hidden Agenda (Game Show Network, 2010) is an American hidden camera game show. The show uses... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Repeat After Me
    12
    7

    Repeat After Me

    Wendi McLendon-Covey, Joe Cipriano

    Premiered2015

    NetworkABC

    Repeat After Me (ABC, 2015) is an American hidden camera television series based on one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Betty White's Off Their Rockers
    7
    0

    Betty White's Off Their Rockers

    Richard Herd, Ted Lange

    Premiered2012

    NetworkNBC

    Betty White's Off Their Rockers (NBC, 2012) is an American comedy television series based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Room 401
    11
    11

    Room 401

    Rob Zabrecky

    Premiered2007

    NetworkMTV

    Room 401 (MTV, 2007) is an American hidden camera/reality television series. It takes unaware... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Taxicab Confessions
    5
    0

    Taxicab Confessions

    Chris Moriarty, Rita Scott

    Premiered1995

    NetworkHBO

    Taxicab Confessions (HBO, 1995) is an American hidden camera reality television series. When... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
    11
    11

    The Jamie Kennedy Experiment

    Jamie Kennedy, Chris Tallman

    Premiered2002

    NetworkThe WB 100+ Station Group

    The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, 2002) is an American hidden camera reality television... more on Wikipedia
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    Lente Loco
    11
    11

    Lente Loco

    Raymond Arrieta, Fernando Fiore

    Premiered1990

    NetworkUnivision

    Lente Loco (Univision, 1990) is an American hidden-camera comedy show created by Carlos... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Trigger Happy TV (US)
    5
    5

    Trigger Happy TV (US)

    Jerry Minor, Travis Draft

    Premiered2003

    NetworkComedy Central

    Trigger Happy TV is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series based... more on Wikipedia
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    Trigger Happy TV

    Premiered2000

    NetworkChannel 4

    Trigger Happy TV (Channel 4, 2000) is a hidden camera/practical joke reality television... more on Wikipedia