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The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years 

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Updated April 9, 2020 27.8k votes 1.9k voters 68.9k views 84 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered Season 1 on or after January 1, 2015.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best reality TV shows since 2015. Our list of the highest rated reality shows of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new reality series on television. What is the best new reality TV show? 

Featuring new talent shows, cooking competitions, survival shows, and hidden camera pranks, the best recent reality shows include World of Dance, Naked and Afraid XLChopped After Hours, and Life of Kylie. Food Network's Guilty Pleasures are easily considered to be some of the most bingeworthy shows today, while Spike's Lip Sync Battle is known as the show to watch now in 2018.  

Vote up the best new reality shows on TV and feel free to add any new reality series missing from the list. 

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Lip Sync Battle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Spike

Actors: LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, C.J. Tyson

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

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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Chopped Junior is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Ted Allen

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Chopped Junior (Food Network, 2015) is an American reality-based cooking television game show series hosted by Ted Allen that pits four adolescent chefs against each other competing for a chance ...more
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Cake Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Jonathan Bennett, Ron Ben-Israel, Waylynn Lucas, Richard Ruskell

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 2

Cake Wars (Food Network, 2015) is an American reality competition series hosted by Jonathan Bennett. Four bakers face off to have their cakes featured in a special event, in addition to a ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Actors: 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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Halloween Baking Champio... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Richard Blais, Jeff Dunham, John Henson, Carla Hall, Ron Ben-Israel, + more

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is an American cooking competition television series. With a new presenter and judges every season, the show follows seven contestants baking ...more
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Kids Baking Championship... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli, Natalie Venable, Hollis Johnson

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, 2015) is a television program hosted by Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli. Talented young bakers compete for the title of Kids Baking Champion, a cash ...more
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Celebrity Undercover Bos... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
CBS

Premiered: 2018

Celebrity Undercover Boss (CBS, 2018) is an American reality television series and spin-off of the television series Undercover Boss. Each episode depicts a celebrity who goes undercover in ...more
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Next In Fashion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Netflix

Actors: Alexa Chung, Tan France

Premiered: 2020

Number of Seasons: 1

Next In Fashion (Netflix) is an American competitive reality television series. Hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France, designers team up to create visionary looks that work for absolutely

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Mental Samurai is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Fox

Actors: Rob Lowe

Premiered: 2019

Mental Samurai (Fox, 2019) is an obstacle course competition series. Hosted by Rob Lowe, the show features contestants answering knowledge-based questions while being moved around the show's ...more
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Martha & Snoop's Pot... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Actors: Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart

Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (VH1, 2016) is an American variety show hosted by Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. The Queen of Cuisine and the King of Kush come together to invite their ...more
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The Titan Games is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Actors: Dwayne Johnson

The Titan Games (NBC, 2019) is a sports competition series. Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the show features people from across the United States competing in an arena against one of six reigning ...more

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Bering Sea Gold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Discovery Channel

Actors: Thom Beers, Mike Rowe

Premiered: 2012

Bering Sea Gold (Discovery Channel, 2012) is an American reality television series. Set in Nome, Alaska, on Norton Sound, the show follows boats equipped with various setups to achieve gold ...more
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Bizarre Foods: Delicious... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Actors: Andrew Zimmern

Premiered: 2015

Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations (Travel Channel, 2015) is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern. The Bizarre Foods spinoff focuses on famed destinations' classic ...more
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Naked and Afraid XL is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Naked and Afraid XL Discovery Channel

Actors: Alana Barfield, Danielle Beauchemin, Honora Bowen, Chris Fischer

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery Channel, 2015) is an American reality television series, and a spinoff of Naked and Afraid. A group of people are given the task of surviving in the wilderness for ...more
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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
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Actors: Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 103

21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. ...more

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Forged in Fire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Forged in Fire

Actors: Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison, Jamie Lundell, Mareko Maumasi

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Forged in Fire (History, 2015) is an American competition series hosted by Wil Willis. Four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall ...more
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Worst Bakers in America ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Duff Goldman, Lorraine Pascale

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Worst Bakers (Food Network, 2016) in America is an American cooking competition television series presented by chefs Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The series is a spin-off of Worst Cooks in ...more
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Born This Way is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Born This Way
Born This Way (A&E, 2015) is an Emmy Award-winning American reality television series. It features seven adults with Down Syndrome who work hard to achieve goals and overcome obstacles.
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Food Network Star Kids ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Tia Mowry, Donal Skehan

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Food Network Star Kids (Food Network, 2016) is an American cooking competition television series presented by Tia Mowry and food critic Donal Skehan. The series is a spin-off of Food Network
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World of Dance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
NBC

Actors: Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, Derek Hough

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

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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Chopped After Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
Food Network

Actors: Ted Allen

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 2

Chopped After Hours (Food Network, 2016) is an American cooking show hosted by Ted Allen. A spin-off of Chopped, the show features judges c cooking and commentating on their dishes.
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Total Bellas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
E!

Actors: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Daniel Bryan, John Cena

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 2

Total Bellas (E!, 2016) is an American reality television series, and a spinoff of Total Divas. A further look into the lives of Brie and Nikki Bella, along with their immediate family and their ...more
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The Last Alaskans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years

Actors: Bob Harte, Edna Korth, Ray Lewis

Premiered: 2015

The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet, 2015) is an American reality television series. Four families living in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska struggle and thrive in the untouched ...more
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Alone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
History

Actors: Dustin Feher, Alan Kay, Sam Larson, Mitch Mitchell

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Alone (History, 2015) is an American reality television series. Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone, and the winner receives $500,000.
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The American Baking Comp... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Reality TV Shows of the Last Few Years
CBS

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

The American Baking Competition is a reality competition television series that aired on CBS from May 29 to July 10, 2013. It was based on the BBC baking competition The Great British Bake Off. ...more