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From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals 

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Updated July 27, 2020 455 votes 41 voters 41 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite unscripted series that follow professionals doing their jobs.

The best reality TV shows about jobs both show you all the intense ins and outs of a profession while also delivering drama. Unscripted series about professions are, like a lot of the jobs they profile, the backbone of reality television and there is a show available about almost any career you're curious about. From bounty hunters to law enforcement, tattoo artists to fishermen, there is a show about how the people in the business.

Discovery Channel has some of the more obscure professions in their reality TV shows, while also providing high emotional stakes. With Deadliest Catch and American Chopper, you get a mix of reality show drama and docudrama, and Dirty Jobs is like an anthology of reality shows about jobs, with each episode focusing on a different profession. One of the oldest reality shows about a profession is possibly Cops, which first premiered in 1988 to allow audiences to follow members of the law enforcement while on patrol. The popularity of Cops is reflected in the number of series following first responders and those in the medical field. It's not just physically demanding, high-adrenaline shows that follow a business or a profession - creative careers have reality shows too, like Ace Of Cakes and Miami Ink.

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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen & Edgar Hansen (Discovery Channel)

Premiered: 2005

Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow ...more

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Dog the Bounty Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Leland Blaine Chapman, Lyssa Rae Chapman & Duane Lee Chapman (A&E)

Premiered: 2004

Dog the Bounty Hunter is an American reality television series on A&E which chronicles Duane "Dog" Chapman's experiences as a bounty hunter. With a few exceptions, the series took ...more

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay & Wayne Anderson (Fox Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 1988

Cops (Fox, 1988) is an American documentary-reality legal series and one of the longest-running television programs in America. It follows the activities of police officers by assigning ...more

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American Chopper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr. & Michael Teutul (TLC)

Premiered: 2003

American Chopper (Discovery, 2003) is a reality television series. The series centers on Paul Teutul, Sr., and his son Paul Teutul, Jr., who manufacture custom chopper-style motorcycles.

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Miami Ink is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Ami James and Chris Garver (TLC)

Premiered: 2005

Miami Ink (TLC, 2005) is an American reality show. It follows the events that take place at a tattoo shop in Miami Beach, Florida.
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Dirty Jobs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Mike Rowe, David M. Barsky & Doug Glover (Discovery Channel)

Premiered: 2003

Dirty Jobs was a TV series on the Discovery Channel in which host Mike Rowe is shown performing difficult, strange, disgusting, or messy occupational duties alongside the typical employees. The ...more

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Airport is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring John Nettles and Liza Tarbuck (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Premiered: 1996

Airport (BBC One, 1996) is a British documentary television series. The show is a fly-on-the-wall series following a handful of passengers and staff based at London Heathrow Airport (the world's ...more
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Ice Road Truckers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Alex Debogorski, Thom Beers & Hugh Rowland (Channel 5)

Premiered: 2007

Ice Road Truckers (History, 2007) is a reality television series. It features the activities of drivers who operate trucks on seasonal routes crossing frozen lakes and rivers in remote Arctic ...more
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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
The First 48 Starring Dion Graham, Caroline Mason & Tony Mullins (A&E)

Premiered: 2004

The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.

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First Responders Live is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals

Premiered: 2019

First Responders Live (Fox, 2019) is an American documentary-reality television series created by Dick Wolf. Camera crews follow first response teams in day to day operations and capture what ...more

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Ace of Cakes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Duff Goldman, Geoffry Manthorne & Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey (Good Food)

Premiered: 2006

Ace of Cakes was an American reality television show that aired on the Food Network. The show focused on the daily operations of Duff Goldman's custom cake shop, Charm City Cakes, in Baltimore, ...more

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Lizard Lick Towing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Ron Shirley, Amy Shirley & Bobby Brantley (truTV)

Premiered: 2011

Lizard Lick Towing is an improvised American television series. It is filmed in the style of Cinéma vérité, and the network behind the show, truTV, state that their series ...more
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Boston Med is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Amanda Grabowski, Andrew El Bardissi & Richard Reish (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2010

Boston Med (ABC, 2010) is an American documentary television series. It follows the stories of doctors, nurses, patients and their families at Mass General, Brigham and Women's and Children's.

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Million Dollar Listing L... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles

Premiered: 2006

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on August 29, 2006. The series chronicles the professional and personal lives of four real ...more
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Deadliest Catch: Dungeon... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove (Discovery Channel, 2016) is a reality television series, and a spinoff of Deadliest Catch. The series follows the lives of crab fisherman working off the coast of ...more
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Dr. Pimple Popper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Sandra Lee (TLV)

Premiered: 2018

Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, 2018) is an American reality television series. The series, starring dermatologist and Internet celebrity Dr. Sandra Lee, follows her as she treats patients with unusual ...more
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Cake Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Buddy Valastro (TLC)

Premiered: 2009

Cake Boss is an American reality television series, airing on the cable television network TLC. The show follows the operations of Carlo's Bake Shop, an Italian American family-owned business in ...more

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Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Nightwatch

Premiered: 2015

Nightwatch (A&E, 2015) is a reality series that follows the men and women who keep the citizens of New Orleans safe during the night.
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Border Security: Austral... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Border Security: Australia's Front Line Starring Shane Cortese (Seven Network)

Premiered: 2004

Border Security: Australia's Front Line is an Australian factual television program that airs on the Seven Network. The show follows the work of officers of Australian Customs and Border ...more
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The Deed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals

Premiered: 2017

The Deed (also known as The Deed: Chicago) is an American reality television docu-series which airs on CNBC. The series follows real estate developers Sidney Torres and Sean Conlon using their ...more
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Traffic Cops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Traffic Cops Starring Jamie Theakston (Blighty)

Premiered: 2003

Traffic Cops is a British documentary series on BBC One which follows Road Policing Units from various UK police forces. The current series follows both the Yorkshire&Humber Regional Road ...more
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NY Med is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
NY Med

Premiered: 2012

NY Med (ABC, 2012) is an American medical documentary series. It follows the medical staff and patients of Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center as well as Lutheran ...more

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Dr. G: Medical Examiner ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Starring Jan C. Garavaglia, Jeff Colt & Sandy Ludwig (Discovery Health Channel)

Premiered: 2004

Dr. G: Medical Examiner is a reality television series shown on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. Dr. G, or Dr. Jan Garavaglia, is the Chief Medical Examiner with Florida's District Nine ...more

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Motorway Patrol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
Motorway Patrol
Motorway Patrol is a New Zealand observational documentary show created by Greenstone Pictures. The show follows the daily lives of police officers patrolling the motorways Series 16 is in ...more
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NY Ink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list From The Police To Fisherman, These Are The Best Reality Shows About Professionals
NY Ink Starring Ami James (TLC)

Premiered: 2011

NY Ink is an American reality documentary television series that debuted June 2, 2011, on TLC. TLC renewed the series for a second season in August 2011, also noting that the series' first ...more