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The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated March 30, 2020 271 votes 28 voters 40 items

List Rules Any reality television series that aired new episodes during the 2020 calendar year.

This list looks at the best current television reality shows that will be airing new episodes in 2020. Not only are there lots of new reality TV shows premiering in 2020 but many favorite reality series are returning. Each show keeps it real (well, real enough), but which are the best new and returning reality TV shows in 2020?

The reality competition show seems to be king in 2020. Most of the reality television airing in 2020 is some sort of reality talent competition with shows including old favorites such as The Masked Singer, RuPaul's Drag Race, World Of Dance and more. Other reality TV shows on the air in 2020 has more of a docudrama angle. There are also plenty of shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the Real Housewives franchise 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 2020? Keep it real by voting up the best new and returning reality shows to air in 2020.

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Impractical Jokers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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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Shark Tank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

Shark Tank (ABC, 2009) is an American reality television series created by Mark Burnett, and a franchise of Dragons' Den. Aspiring entrepreneur-contestants pitch their business idea to a panel ...more
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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 141

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more
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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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
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America's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Nick Cannon, Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 349

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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American Ninja Warrior ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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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MasterChef Junior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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 Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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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Rhythm + Flow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Cardi B, Matthew Carter, Chance the Rapper

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Reality tv, Reality competition

Rhythm + Flow (Netflix, 2019) is an American competitive reality television series. Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout hip-hop star.
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RuPaul's Drag Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Reality tv, Dating reality

Love Island (CBS, 2019) is an American dating reality show based on the British series Love Island. A group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, live in isolation from the outside world and ...more
12
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
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
13
The Voice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 437

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Talent show, Reality television

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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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020

Network: Paramount Network

Genres (Tv): Reality TV

Wife Swap (Paramount Network, 2019) is an American reality television series that is a revival of the original 2004 series on ABC. Families from the Metro Atlanta area swap the lives of the ...more
15
Property Brothers Foreve... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Drew Scott, Jonathan Scott

Network: HGTV

Genres (Tv): Reality tv, Home improvement

Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV, 2019) is an American home improvement reality television series. Hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott help families transform their homes into their dream, ...more
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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Ben Sandford

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date ...more
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Jersey Shore Family Vaca... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul DelVecchio, Nicole Polizzi

Genres (Tv): Reality

Jersey Shore Family Vacation (MTV, 2018) is an American reality television series developed by SallyAnn Salsano. Six years after the end of Jersey Shore, the housemates are reunited as they ...more
18
Growing Up Hip Hop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Romeo Miller, Angela Simmons, Kristinia DeBarge

Genres (Tv): Reality

Growing Up Hip Hop (WE tv, 2016) is a reality television series. The personal trials and victories of some of hip-hop's elite offspring.
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So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more
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The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more
21
Bachelor in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Bachelor in Paradise

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Reality competition

Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, 2014) is an American elimination-style reality competition television series. Rejected contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are isolated in a romantic ...more
22
The Circle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Michelle Buteau

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Reality TV

The Circle (Netflix, 2020) is an American reality competition series. The players move into an apartment building and never meet face-to-face, but instead communicate solely using their profiles ...more
23
Terrace House: Tokyo 201... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Reality

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix, 2019) is a Japanese reality television show and spin-off of Terrace House. Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living ...more
24
America's Top Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Officer Bowie, Robert Schwarting, Jamie Little

Network: A&E

Genres (Tv): Reality TV, Reality Competition

America's Top Dog (A&E, 2020) is an American competitive reality television series. Top K9 cops and civilian dogs alongside their handlers compete nose-to-nose on the ultimate K9 obstacle
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Spy Games is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020
Mia Kang

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality Television, Competitive Reality

Spy Games (Bravo, 2020) is an American competitive reality television series. Contestants from all walks of life and from all over the country live together in close quarters while putting their ...more