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The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019

Updated December 9, 2020 5.2k votes 285 voters 10.6k views63 items

List RulesAny 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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  • Survivor1
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    68

    Survivor

    Jeff Probst
    Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show,...  more
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  • The Amazing Race2
    79
    67

    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan
    The Amazing Race (CBS, 2001) is a reality competition tv show created by Elise Doganieri and...  more
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  • The Voice3
    66
    55

    The Voice

    Adam Levine, Blake Shelton
    The Voice (NBC, 2011) is an American reality television singing competition hosted by Kelly...  more
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  • The Great British Bake Off4
    59
    48

    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
    The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking...  more
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  • The Masked Singer5
    66
    56
    The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South...  more
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  • Impractical Jokers6
    82
    75

    Impractical Jokers

    James Murray, Salvatore Vulcano
    Impractical Jokers (truTV, 2011) is an American hidden camera reality game show with...  more
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  • Top Chef7
    55
    49

    Top Chef

    Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons
    Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that...  more
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  • MasterChef Junior8
    59
    54

    MasterChef Junior

    Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi
    MasterChef Junior (Fox, 2013) is an American cooking competition. 24 of the best junior home...  more
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  • Nailed It!9
    51
    45

    Nailed It!

    Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres
    Nailed It! (Netflix, 2018) is a reality bake-off competition series. Three amateur bakers...  more
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  • American Ninja Warrior10
    61
    58

    American Ninja Warrior

    Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown
    American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series...  more
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  • Spring Baking Championship11
    37
    30

    Spring Baking Championship

    Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman
    Spring Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is an American cooking competition television...  more
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  • RuPaul's Drag Race12
    66
    66

    RuPaul's Drag Race

    RuPaul, Michelle Visage
    RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition television series produced by World of...  more
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  • Big Brother13
    28
    20

    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor
    Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV...  more
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  • The First 4814
    55
    53

    The First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason
    The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's...  more
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  • Worst Cooks in America15
    40
    36

    Worst Cooks in America

    Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay
    Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3,...  more
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  • Top Gear16
    35
    30

    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson
    Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most...  more
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  • Hoarders17
    40
    36

    Hoarders

    Matt Paxton, Robin Zasio
    Hoarders (A&E, 2009) is an American reality television series that depicts the real-life...  more
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  • Project Runway18
    49
    49

    Project Runway

    Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum
    Project Runway (Bravo, 2004) is an American reality television series created by Eli Holzman....  more
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  • Celebrity Big Brother19
    11
    1

    Celebrity Big Brother

    Clayton Halsey, Julie Chen Moonves
    Celebrity Big Brother (CBS, 2018) is an American reality gameshow series created by John de...  more
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  • Bar Rescue20
    50
    51

    Bar Rescue

    Jon Taffer, P.J. King
    Bar Rescue is an American reality TV series that premiered on Spike on July 17, 2011. It stars...  more
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  • Lip Sync Battle21
    50
    51

    Lip Sync Battle

    LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen
    Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, 2015) is an American musical reality competition...  more
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  • Queer Eye22
    41
    40

    Queer Eye

    Antoni Porowski, Tan France
    Queer Eye (Netflix, 2018) is an American reality series, and a reboot of the Bravo series. A...  more
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  • Trading Spaces23
    37
    35

    Trading Spaces

    Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington
    Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that aired from 2000 to...  more
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  • Deadliest Catch24
    44
    44

    Deadliest Catch

    Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen
    Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American reality television series. It...  more
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  • World of Dance25
    40
    40

    World of Dance

    Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez
    World of Dance (NBC, 2017) is an American reality dance competition series, hosted by Jenna...  more
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