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The Best Sports & Athletic Competition TV Shows Ever

Updated January 12, 2021 424 votes 69 voters 6.2k views34 items

List RulesVote up the best reality and competition shows about sports and athletes that have aired on television

Sporting events have the ability to capture the attention of a nation. It only makes sense that reality TV would try to get in on the trend by releasing show after show following the exploits of people training their bodies to be the very best. From boxing to golfing, there are all kinds of shows that have aired over the years that centered around some sport. Some of the shows on this list are still on the air while others are a distant memory. They are not all competing against each other for the title of best sports reality series. 

The Ultimate Fighter is an American show that focuses on mixed martial arts. Each season, the show follows a group of MMA fighters as they train together and ultimately compete to win a contract with the UFC. The Big Break was a popular show that aired on The Golf Channel from 2003 to 2015. The show followed aspiring golfers as they trained to compete in the big leagues. That is the common theme among many sports reality TV series

Which of these shows did you find yourself binging all the time? Vote for the ones you are a fan of to see which show takes home the gold. 

 

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    BattleBots

    Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot
    BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and...  more
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    24
    13

    Ninja Warrior

    Blair Herter, Alison Haislip
    Ninja Warrior (G4, 2009) is an American sports entertainment competition based on the Japanese...  more
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    8

    American Gladiators

    Mike Adamle, Joe Theismann
    American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in...  more
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    10
    6

    Hard Knocks

    Zach Thomas, Darren Woodson
    Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO....  more
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    8
    5

    Two-A-Days

    Rush Propst
    Two-A-Days is a show on the United States cable television channel MTV. The show chronicled...  more
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    8
    6

    Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search

    Shantel VanSanten, Roshumba Williams
    The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search is a reality TV show produced by NBC that debuted...  more
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    9
    9

    The Ultimate Fighter

    Dana White, Mike Rowe
    The Ultimate Fighter is an American reality television series and mixed martial arts...  more
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    9
    10

    Pros vs. Joes

    Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer
    Pros vs. Joes is an American physical reality game show that airs on Spike TV. The show...  more
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    5
    5

    WWE Tough Enough

    John Cena, Trish Stratus
    WWE Tough Enough is a professional wrestling reality television program produced by WWE where...  more
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    5
    6

    Knight School

    Bob Knight
    Knight School is a television documentary produced by ESPN about a group of sixteen Texas Tech...  more
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    4
    5

    4th and Long

    Michael Irvin, Joe Avezzano
    4th and Long is a reality television series hosted by Michael Irvin that premiered on Spike on...  more
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    Skating with the Stars is an American reality competition that aired on ABC from November 22,...  more
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    5
    7

    WWE Diva Search

    WWE Diva Search is a talent competition held by WWE. The first winner was Jaime Koeppe, but...  more
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    5
    8

    Nickelodeon Guts

    Felicia Day, Ryon Day
    Nickelodeon Guts was an American television "action sports" competition series hosted by...  more
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    8
    13

    The Big Break

    Stephanie Sparks, Vince Cellini
    The Big Break is the Golf Channel's reality television program. The show's premise is to award...  more
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    6
    13

    The Contender

    Sugar Ray Leonard, Sergio Mora
    The Contender is a reality television series that follows a group of boxers as they compete...  more
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    TKO: Total Knock Out (CBS, 2018) is an American obstacle course competition series hosted by...  more
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    2
    7

    Jump City: Seattle

    Blair Herter, Brady Romberg
    Jump City: Seattle is an American television series that formerly aired on G4. It features...  more
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    2
    0

    Fastest Car

    Lisa Clark, Fabian Arroyo
    Fastest Car (Netflix, 2018) is a documentary series created by Scott Weintrob. In a quarter...  more
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    2
    1

    Ultimate Tag

    Carrie Bernans, Travis DesLaurier
    Ultimate Tag (Fox, 2020) is an obstacle course competition television series hosted by J.J....  more
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    The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC, 2018) is a winter sports-themed reality competition television...  more
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    Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT, 2006) is an American reality television...  more
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    Karma

    Michelle Khare
    Karma (HBO Max, 2020) is an adventure competition family series created by J.D Roth and...  more
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    0
    0

    Tough as Nails

    Phil Keoghan
    Tough as Nails (CBS, 2020) is an American reality competition television series. Hosted by...  more
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    BattleBots: Bounty Hunters (Discovery+, 2021) is an American reality spin-off series created...  more