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The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 3.2k votes 267 voters 10.3k views 60 items

List Rules Any new or returning reality television series that aired new episodes during the 2019 calendar year.

UPDATED: Check out The Best Reality TV Shows of 2020!

Not only are there lots of new reality TV shows premiering in 2019 but many favorite reality series are returning. This list looks at the best current television reality shows that that will be airing new episodes in 2019. Each show keeps it real (well, real enough), but which are the best new and returning reality TV shows in 2019?

The reality competition show seems to be king in 2019. Most of the reality television airing in 2019 is some sort of reality talent competition with shows including old favorites such as The Voice, American Idol, Project Runway, RuPaul's Drag Race, and more. Other reality TV shows on the air in 2019 has more of a docudrama angle. Naked and Afraid and Deadliest Catch both offer an eye into extraordinary lives or situations. There are also plenty of shows such as Sister Wives, The Real Housewives, and Little Women that combine the sense of documentary with maybe the purest or most traditional form of reality television: watching other people's lives.

Which reality TV shows are you going to watch in 2019? Keep it real by voting up the best new and returning reality shows to air in 2019. Then see which reality shows are returning in 2020.

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham
Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more
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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Phil Keoghan
The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster. Teams of two people race around the world in competition with other teams.
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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
James Murray, Salvatore Vulcano, Joseph Gatto
Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with improvisational elements. Q, Sal, Joe and Murr are real-life best friends who love challenging each other to ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nick Cannon
The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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American Ninja Warrior ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty ...more
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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne
America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, ...more
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, and Carson Daly. Based on the original The Voice of ...more
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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi
Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are ...more
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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
TRENT13 added T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira
The Challenge is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality shows, The Real World and the now cancelled Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in ...more
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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of Wonder for Logo. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, ...more
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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot
MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 will compete in the first audition round and ...more
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Nailed It! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, Zac Young
Nailed It! (Netflix, 2018) is a reality bake-off competition series. Three amateur bakers compete to replicate complicated cakes and confectionery, in order to win a $10,000 cash prize.
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America's Got Talent: Th... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel
America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, 2019) is a reality television series and a spinoff of America's Got Talent. Notable contestants from previous seasons and from other international ...more
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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli
Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more
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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins
The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
TRENT13 added Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997, taking its name from the character in ...more
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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest
American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia
Project Runway (Bravo, 2004) is an American reality television series created by Eli Holzman. Model Heidi Klum hosts contestants as they compete with each other to create the best clothes and ...more
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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni
Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars Jon Taffer, who offers his professional expertise plus renovations and equipment to desperately ...more
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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, 2015) is an American musical reality competition television series hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. Varieties of celebrities pair up to do battle each ...more
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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison
Pawn Stars (History, 2009) is an American reality television series that chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by ...more
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Spring Baking Championsh... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Spring Baking Championship Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale
Spring Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is an American cooking competition television series. Contestants must create spring themed baked goods for a chance to win $50,000.
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Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Hoarders (A&E, 2009) is an American reality television series that depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from compulsive hoarding disorder.
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Worst Cooks in America ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence
Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") ...more