The best reality competition TV shows ever aired are some of the most exciting and competitive series to watch on television, but which are the most exciting of all time? Determining which competitive reality series is the most exciting isn't an easy task given the plethora of options available, but this list might make it just a bit easier. These days, with the use of digital streaming, more and more shows people have forgotten are being rewatched, checked out for the first time, or even remade into new classics for new generations to enjoy, but which of these reality competition shows is the best of them all in terms of excitement?
Would something newer like The Masked Singer land higher on the list than a classic reality competition series like the original American Idol or The Voice? For a reality competition series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that depicts a competition with dire consequences for failure, or a seriously huge prize for the winner. The only way to find out which is the most exciting series is to vote up your favorite reality competition series below, but remember, this list is all about excitement! Which series is more exciting than the one below it?
Don't forget to add your favorite reality competition show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorite below!
- 1The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly... moreAdam Levine, Blake Shelton
- 2Cupcake Wars is an American reality competition series which premiered on June 13, 2010 and... more
- 3The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and... morePhil Keoghan
- 4The Great Food Truck Race is a reality television series that originally aired on August 15,... moreTyler Florence, Chris Hodgson
- 5Iron Chef is a Japanese television cooking show produced by Fuji Television. The series, which... more
Iron ChefMasaharu Morimoto, Hiroyuki Sakai
- 6American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series... moreMatt Iseman, Jenn Brown
- 7The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South... moreNick Cannon
- 8Just how far is a chef willing to go to win a cooking competition? Cutthroat Kitchen hands... moreAlton Brown, Simon Majumdar
- 9Chopped is an American reality based cooking television series created by Dave Noll and... moreTed Allen, Alex Guarnaschelli
- 10Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that... moreEmeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons
- 11Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the... moreGordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic
- 12MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original... more
MasterChefGordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot
- 13Food Network Star (Food Network, 2005) is a reality television series. A contest to find a... moreBobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis
- 14American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in... moreMike Adamle, Joe Theismann
- 15Food Network Star Kids (Food Network, 2016) is an American cooking competition television... moreTia Mowry, Donal Skehan
- 16Joe Rogan
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- 17Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the... moreTom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba
- 18America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, 2019) is a reality television series and a spinoff... moreSimon Cowell, Mel B
- 19The Taste (ABC, 2013) is an American cooking-themed reality competition series. 16 contestants... moreAnthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson
- 20Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big... moreJulie Chen, Phil Proctor
- 21Eco-Challenge: The Expedition Race is a multi-day expedition length adventure race in which... more
Eco-ChallengeDavid Duchovny, Charlton Heston
- 22Two talented chefs go head-to-head for the chance to Beat Bobby Flay. To get to Bobby the... more
- 23Crazy Delicious (Netflix, 2020) is an American-British cooking competition series. Three cooks... moreCarla Hall, Niklas Ekstedt and Heston Blumenthal
- 24Dishmantled (Quibi, 2020) is a reality cooking television series created by Linda Lea. Hosted... moreTituss Burgess
- 25Floored (Quibi, 2020) is a short dance reality television series hosted by Liza Koshy. Two... moreLiza Koshy, Will 'Wildabeast' Adams