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The Weirdest Reality TV Shows That You Should Definitely Be Watching

Updated November 17, 2020 2.2k votes 720 voters 29.1k views21 items

Long ago, in a simpler time, we had relatively chaste reality shows such as Fear Factor and Joe Millionaire to keep us satisfied. Nowadays, we're blessed with an unwieldy, constantly growing collection of reality TV which runs the gamut from moderately eccentric to outright bonkers. The slate of reality TV covers everything from exorcisms and arranged marriages to lumbersexuals and live brain surgeries.

Many reality shows currently on the air are bold and fearless in their presentation of real people and weird happenings. After all, when you combine the amazingly low cost of producing a reality show with the sheer number of regular people vying for their 15 minutes of fame, you have nothing short of television gold. 

Whether you're a devoted reality lover or a casual viewer, you'll appreciate this list of weird reality TV shows. Some of these shows are weird because of their subject matter, while others are weird because of our relationship to them. So go ahead and vote up your favorite weird reality TV shows. Then see what 2020 reality TV shows have become.

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    We can't tell if these folks are happy or sad to be on this show.

    Botched is an American reality television series that premiered on E! on June 24, 2014. It follows doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif as they "remedy extreme plastic surgeries gone wrong." Its Sunday night debut on June 29, 2014 was watched by 1.2 million viewers. Botched '​s first season, consisting of eight episodes, ended on August 17, 2014. A two-part reunion special hosted by Maria Menounos aired on October 26 and 27, and featured interviews with Dubrow, Nassif, and patients from the series. On August 5, Botched was renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 14, 2015....  more
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    Extreme Love

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    Married At First Sight

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  • Stripping someone of their clothes and dumping them in the middle of the wilderness with barely any help or guidance? Sounds like a fraternity initiation.

    Naked and Afraid is an American docudrama series that airs on the Discovery Channel and premiered on June 23, 2013. Each episode chronicles the lives of two survivalists who meet for the first time and are given the task of surviving a stay in the wilderness naked for 21 days. After they meet in the assigned locale, the partners must find and/or produce water, food, shelter, and clothing within the environment....  more
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