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Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses 

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Updated June 14, 2020 168 votes 36 voters 15 items

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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.

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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses
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Bar Rescue

Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars Jon Taffer, who offers his professional expertise plus renovations and equipment to desperately failing bars in order to save them from closing. In the UK, the show airs on 5*, starting from January 8, 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

Premiered: 2011

Network: Spike, Paramount

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Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses
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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Gordon Ramsay

Premiered: 2007

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses
Photo:  Undercover Boss/CBS

Undercover Boss (CBS, 2009) is an American reality television series, based on the British series of the same name. Each episode depicts a person who has an upper-management position at a major business, deciding to go undercover as an entry-level employee to discover the faults in the company. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Mark Keller

Premiered: 2010

Network: CBS

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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightma... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Turn Things Around With The Best Shows About Saving Failing Businesses
Photo:  Channel 4

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Channel 4, 2004) is a reality television program. In each episode, chef Gordon Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the establishment in just one week. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

Premiered: 2004

Network: Channel 4

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