The Most Exciting Reality Shows Ever Made

List Rules
Only reality television series that have historically brought excitement along with the standard drama. Non-competitive reality shows only.

The best reality TV shows ever aired are some of the most exciting series to watch on television, but which are the most exciting reality shows of all time? Determining which reality TV 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 shows are the best of them all in terms of excitement?

Would something newer like Bear Grylls: Face the Wild land higher on the list than a classic survival series like Survivorman - or do both pale in excitement to reality series that follow nerve-wracking professions like Deadliest Catch and Cops? For a reality series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that depicts either a situation with real consequences for failure, or realism that truly makes the viewer feel like the people on the show might be in actual danger... because, sometimes, they are! The only way to find out which is the best is to vote up your favorite reality 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 show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorite below! Remember, no competitive reality series, they bring a different kind of excitement all together and you can vote the most exciting reality competition shows here.

Ranked by