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Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses

List RulesVote up your favorite reality shows about saving a business.

The most compelling reality shows about saving a business are the perfect blend of educational and horrifying. Some of the businesses profiled are such messes they offer that perfect reality show schadenfreude but, over an episode, you get caught up in their story and seeing them succeed brings true joy - while also being informative about what it takes to run a business. From the almost omnipresent "save my restaurant" reality shows to other series that help out different types of small businesses, reality shows about saving failing businesses offer a unique kind of satisfaction.

Kitchen Nightmares, both the US and UK versions, starring Chef Gordon Ramsay are maybe some of the best-known reality shows about saving a failing business. With his distinct style and impressive wealth of knowledge, Chef Ramsay pulls restaurants back from the brink. The owners of businesses with issues get to see hidden problems first-hand in Undercover Boss, which focuses on learning how to fix company culture through experience. Even salons get a chance to be saved thanks to Tabatha Takes Over, where Tabatha Coffey gives failing salons a one-week makeover.

Vote up the best reality shows about saving a failing business and turn your watchlist around!

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    23 VOTES

    The Profit

    The Profit (CNBC, 2013) is an American documentary-style reality television show. In each episode, Marcus Lemonis typically offers a capital investment and his expertise to struggling small businesses in exchange for an ownership stake in the company.  ...more
    • Actors: Marcus Lemonis
    • Premiered: July 30, 2013
    • Network: CNBC
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    Kitchen Nightmares

    Kitchen Nightmares (Fox, 2007) is an American reality television series based on the British show. Chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business.  ...more
    • Actors: Gordon Ramsay
    • Premiered: September 19, 2007
    • Network: FOX
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    This companion series to the network's popular "Shark Tank" offers a look at the enthralling and unexpected outcomes following the Sharks -- Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary -- making a deal with show's entrepreneurs. The Sharks travel across the country to mentor the entrepreneurs, evaluate the businesses, provide expert feedback and help make decisions that will -- they hope -- lead to success, growth and profits, demonstrating that the challenges and negotiations are never really over.  ...more
    • Actors: Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Grenier, Robert Herjavec
    • Premiered: May 1, 2015
    • Network: ABC
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  • Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television program aired by the Food Network. It is jointly produced by Marc Summers and Shooters TV and stars British chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine, and premiered on January 19, 2011. The premise of the series is that within two days and on a budget of $10,000, Chef Robert Irvine renovates a failing American restaurant with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence. Irvine is assisted by an HGTV designer, along with general contractor Tom Bury, who sometimes does double duty as both general contractor and designer. After assessing the problems with the restaurant, Robert Irvine typically creates a plan for the new  ...more
    • Actors: Robert Irvine
    • Premiered: January 19, 2011
    • Network: Food Network
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