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Reality Shows That Involve Actual Skill

Updated February 23, 2021 10.8k votes 1.6k voters 27.5k views86 items

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.
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