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The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 2.9k votes 253 voters 9.5k 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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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
James Murray, Salvatore Vulcano, Joseph Gatto

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Genres (Tv): Reality television

In 1999, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano, four high school friends from Staten Island, NY formed the live improv and sketch comedy troupe, The Tenderloins. After a long and ...more
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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 241

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
TRENT13 added Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Big Brother 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. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more
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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
TRENT13 added T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Aneesa Ferreira

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 321

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

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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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nick Cannon

Genres (Tv): Reality competition, Music

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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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Game show, Cooking show, Home improvement

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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American Ninja Warrior ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: G4

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Live action, Documentary, Reality television

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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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 174

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Variety show, Reality television

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 First 48 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: A&E

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action film, Reality television

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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Nailed It! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, Zac Young

Genres (Tv): Reality competition

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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Cook-off, Cooking show, Reality television

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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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Logo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Graham Elliot

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show, Cooking show, Reality television

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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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 292

Network: CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Reality television

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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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen

Genres (Tv): Reality competition, Music, Dance

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
18
Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Bar Rescue Jon Taffer, P.J. King, Mia Mastroianni

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: Spike

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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America's Got Talent: Th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Reality

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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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 136

Network: The History Channel

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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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Project Runway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: Bravo, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Reality Competition, Reality television

Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo Network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. ...more
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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 438

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Music, Talent show, Interactive television, Reality television

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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Hoarders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: A&E

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 139

Network: Discovery Channel

Genres (Tv): Drama, Documentary, Reality television

Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the ...more
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Celebrity Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Lucy Pinder, La Toya Jackson, Coolio

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: Channel 5

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Celebrity Big Brother is a television reality game show based on the Dutch show Big Brother, created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as ...more