Ever come across one of those reality shows that you found strangely addicting, whether or not you’re tend to love or hate reality TV in general? This day and age, it seems as if TV producers have caught on the to the fact that it’s both super easy and cheap to create an engaging TV show that entails little more than a group of volunteers, their skills, and a couple of cameras. As a result, no matter what you’re interested in, there’s more than likely a TV competition show where you can watch a group of folks compete to be the best at whatever it is they do. So even if you don’t really care to keep up with the Kardashians, the odds are that you may find a show on this list of reality shows that take skill that peaks your interest.
We’ve gathered a list of some of the hardest reality shows to win that require an impressive amount of skill at everything from sewing to cooking to athleticism. Think you make a killer cupcake? Why not pick up a few tips on Cupcake Wars? Want to be a tattoo artist? You can pick up a few pointers from the best on Ink Master.So if you’re looking for a TV show with a cast of folks that aren’t just featured because they happen to be famous, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this list of some of the best competition reality shows on television and give others tips on which ones to watch by voting up those you think involve the most actual skill.
A competition series explores the work of special-effects makeup artists.
- Premiered: January 26, 2011
World-class bladesmiths re-create historical edged weapons in a cutthroat competition.
- Premiered: June 22, 2015
Dave Navarro hosts this tattoo competition series.
- Premiered: January 17, 2012
Competitors from all across America take on the world's most challenging obstacle course.
- Premiered: December 12, 2009
Aspiring chefs compete for their shot at culinary stardom.
- Premiered: March 8, 2006
Amateur chefs compete to become a culinary master and earn the title MasterChef.
- Premiered: July 27, 2010
Chefs use their culinary skills to impress a panel of experts.
- Premiered: January 13, 2009
The search is on to crown Britain's "Best Amateur Baker."
- Premiered: August 17, 2010
Gordon Ramsay hosts a fiery cooking competition in which the winner receives a head chef position.
- Premiered: May 30, 2005
Seven of America's top welding legends battle for the title of Metal Shop Master.
- Premiered: September 10, 2021
The country's top bakers battle it out to create Halloween's spookiest and most irresistible treats.
- Premiered: October 5, 2015
Ten amateur potters from all around the United Kingdom compete to become top potter.
- Premiered: November 3, 2015
- Premiered: August 6, 2014
Hosted by Rebecca RomijnTalented body painters from around the country compete for cash, paint and fame.
Drag queens compete to be the last contestant standing.
- Premiered: February 2, 2009
Designers from around the world compete in the industry's premier fashion competition.
- Premiered: December 1, 2004
Eight bakers enter the kitchen to show off their traditions and baking skills.
- Premiered: November 9, 2014
Designers face challenges and assignments that will test their design skills and business acumen.
- Premiered: March 27, 2020
Teams consisting of one baker and one engineer make wild creations in the kitchen.
- Premiered: October 6, 2021
LEGO enthusiasts face off in brick-building challenges to be crowned LEGO Master.
- Premiered: February 5, 2020
Good With Wood, also known as Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker, (Discovery+, 2021) is a British reality competition series. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, the series features nine woodworkers who take on ...more
- Premiered: October 21, 2021
Sharpshooters compete in challenges inspired by real events in history with $100,000 at stake.
- Premiered: June 6, 2010
Ten teams compete to create extravagant floral installations.
- Premiered: May 18, 2020
Working-class Americans are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness.
- Premiered: July 8, 2020
Amateur bakers go head-to-head with seasoned professionals.
- Premiered: October 7, 2021
Eco-Challenge: The Expedition Race is a multi-day expedition length adventure race in which teams of four compete. It aired from April 1995 to April 2002 and returned in 2020.
- Premiered: April 1, 1995