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The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019  

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

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.

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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
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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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
James Murray, Salvatore Vulcano, Joseph Gatto
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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Top Chef is listed (or ranked) 4 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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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
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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America's Got Talent: The Cham... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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
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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American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 10 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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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
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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Bar Rescue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
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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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Nailed It! is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Deadliest Catch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Rick Quashnick, Sig Hansen, Edgar Hansen
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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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Worst Cooks in America is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence
Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants with very poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a ...more
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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Nick Uhas
Blown Away (Netflix, 2019) is a competitive reality television series. Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the ...more
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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo
World of Dance (NBC, 2017) is an American reality dance competition series, hosted by Jenna Dewan Tatum. Judged by Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, dance performers, including solo acts ...more
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Queer Eye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown
Queer Eye (Netflix, 2018) is an American reality series, and a reboot of the Bravo series. A new Fab Five set out to Atlanta to help the city's straight men refine their wardrobes, grooming, ...more
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Black Ink Crew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Ceaser Emanuel, Richard Duncan, Puma Robinson
Black Ink Crew (VH1, 2013) is an American reality television series that chronicles the daily operations and staff drama at an African American-owned and operated tattoo shop in Harlem, New
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Vanderpump Rules is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows In 2019
Lisa Vanderpump, Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval
Vanderpump Rules is an American reality television series airing on Bravo, featuring The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump in the title role and her staff at ...more