Best Reality Shows

The Top Ten

1 Survivor

Outwits, Outlasts and Outplays Everything else currently on Air. Quite Obviously, The Most Strategical and Cerebral Game EVER Created.

This show is the inspiration for all reality T.V. , the original concept is what all reality shows follow.

Best show on all of televison. Every other reality show is basically Survivor with a different theme. - Sharkuzco

Survivor is the greatest show I think I've ever seen. The first episode I watched was episode 3 of Redemption Island, all the way back in the spring of 2011. I consider myself the biggest fan in history, and I've spent so long playing Survivor, watching Survivor, typing about Survivor, and writing about Survivor. Survivor is a show that you can be connected to, and I really want to apply.

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2 Big Brother Big Brother Big Brother is a reality game show franchise created by John de Mol, originally broadcast in the Netherlands and subsequently syndicated internationally.

Big brother is an amazing show its great 13 amazing seasons hope there is more seasons I'm surprised its not in the top

"Survivor" for people who don't enjoy filth and starving.

What is so great about the show I think you are all silly people it is rubbish silly people doing silly stuff like bullying just awful

I knew this longer than survivr so that's why I pick it

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3 Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is one of those shows you'll never get tired or bored watching. We all enjoy seeing different cultures, seeing different environment. This show proves we don't need those silly dramas in a show. TAR is a clean show yet full of adrenaline.

I have been watching this since Season 5. We all enjoy seeing different places, different cultures. Sometimes, we even get to see some activities or attractions which we may never have chances to visit. We never knew about that either. It's always amazed me.

Most exciting show. The only reality show I would love to be a part of. Getting the opportunity to travel to wildly varying destinations and take on challenges that relate to culture and sheer street smarts. Love it!


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4 America's Got Talent

Should be higher than American idol... Anybody of any age, any talent can audition so its much more versatile

I wouldn't call it reality show because it's more like a competition, but whatever.
If I can call it reality show, then it's the only reality show I love and enjoy.
I think the judges are nice and funny, there is so many talented people and it's enjoyable and appropriate for every age.
It should be number 1 on the list

Not just singing but much more talents are excepted

I’ve always enjoyed America’s Got Talent. - PackFan2005

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5 American Idol American Idol

Best reality show ever. Best judges to and host

I look forward to watching this every year. So sad it's the last season next year

This T.V. show inspired me and made me wanna become a performer. And it has some of the most succesful singers all times (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and many more). 12 amazing seasons, can't wait for more! Xoxoxoxo.

My Favorite Singing Show Is Called American Idol And I What To Go In The Show To Sing And Show Everyone My Talent Singing Is The Best Hobbie Ever I Love Music What Muisc To Be My Hobbie And Being On My Favorite Show Is My Dream I What Do And I Show Everyone How Good I'm And I What The Judges To Think How Amazing The Real Ali Barr I'm Today And American Idol Is My Passion

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6 The Voice

I hate the Voice, but then again I hate pretty much all reality singing competition shows. The audiences won't let any judge say anything bad about any contestant. Gee, that's going to prepare them real well for music critics, isn't it? There has yet to be a singing show with decent judges or coaches on it. The only one worth anything was Simon Cowell, and he is always thought of as a villain because he didn't always tell the singers that they looked pretty and sounded beautiful. Say what you want about American Idol, but at least they produced Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood. I'm not saying those four are great but at least they've made it. Who have any of the other shows produced? American Idol at least was interesting while Simon was on, now it's starting it's last season and good riddance since it's become like all the others. These reality music shows haven't produced any stars since Cowell left, and I don't think that's a coincidence.

The voice should be number 1! Even though more people watch other reality shows. The Voice has better singers than any other reality show! - Leapop

Best show for singers ever! They judge talent, not appearance.

Not really when all of the winners (BBC) disappear and the same could happen on ITV.

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7 The X Factor (U.S.)

Love it the most. Much better than the other singing shows

The best reality! I love it! Tyra banks is the better!

Okay but not as good as the voice

Cool show

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8 America's Next Top Model

For me, it's definitely the best reality show. It has the right amount of drama and the contestants most of the time are very likeable and approachable. Before I watched the show I thought that all the models are dumb blondes that the only good thing they have is good looks, but this show changed my perspective because most of the girls were bubbly, funny and some of them very intelligent, beautiful souls. Tyra also focused in their personality which is very important and she had a lot of quirky and different girls, showing that beauty is something 100% subjective.

I voted ANTM because it's an awesome T.V. show and it's very inspiring. I LOVED the cycle with short models, it was very good for all those talented girls that want to become models but they are short. That show had also an over weighted (don't know if I spelled that right, I'm not English) contestant, Whitney (Cycle 10) and that was also very inspiring.! That show makes me wanna dream.

I love it. I'm so addicted to it! Tyra prove tat she can produce great supermodels from her show. I love naima

Love Americas next top model cycle 21...
love you lenox you are my all time favourite...

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9 Fear Factor Fear Factor Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare game show that originally aired on NBC between 2001 and 2006. It was later revived by NBC in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, 2012. After its second cancellation, a two-part special aired in July 2012. The show was revived a second time in 2017 to air more.

Bring this program back it was great and sadly missed

It's something real and out of the box from those celebrity reality shows, and shows an ideal factor.

This show is too good to be true! - missyweirdo


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10 Celebrity Apprentice

This show is really enjoyable a lot of people don't know that but this show is really awesome

One of my favorite shows. Always Fun and interesting. - Billyv

One of the best, motivating shows for black people. Loved it!

President Trump!

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The Contenders

11 Wipeout Wipeout Wipeout is a game show that was cancelled in 2014 series in which contestants competed in what was billed as the "World's Largest" obstacle course.

Yasss I cried when it got canceled I wanted to go on it

12 Cops Cops Cops is an American documentary/reality legal series that follows police officers, constables, sheriff's deputies, federal agents and state troopers during patrols and other police activities including vice and narcotics stings.

The only actual real show that exist. It's the longest running reality show to date and it still is awesome.

Use to really like it. But with all the killings it turns my stomach now

Shows you how effective the police force is in each state. Excellent videos on the pursuit and capture of criminals.

It’s great to see the police in action. It’s quite interesting - KingSlayer93316

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13 Undercover Boss

Super entertaining and funny! - missyweirdo

makes greedy CEOs of big companies realize the real world of their workers - andrewerdna100

Love this show

14 So You Think You Can Dance?

! This show is completely amazing and definitely beat out American IDOL even though the two shows are by the same people and were SUPPOSED to be equals just of different topics! If you have never watched this show you have to check it out!

This show takes you through the journey of a group of people who share the same passion- dance. Every week, beautiful, inspiring, empowering routines are danced. This show deserves to be recognized for it's art. SYTYCD allows people to grow, not only as dancers, but as people.

Dancers will understand why this is the best reality show ever

Love watching the youngsters

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15 MasterChef

This show has it all! Great competition and amazing culinary adventures. I just wish the home chefs posted their recipes on Master Chef website after each show.

It's a JOKE! This is the best reality show ever

It's so awesome my cousin is on this show and he is in the finale!

Love the show

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16 The Biggest Loser

Great show that helps the world get healthier every year. Sure, it is a big sob story most of the time, but that is because people who get that out of shape are broken to begin with. Inspirational show.

The most inspiring reality show

17 Dancing With The Stars

Great, could only be better if they would include African American pros as well!

I love "Reality" T.V. shows around hospitals, ER, people with odd diagnoses, and the like. I find Hoarders interesting. I find some educational like My Cat From Hell. Some entertaining like America's Got Talent and Dancing With the Stars. I miss the show that took privileged rich families to poor countries. I like Wife Swap, and the Nanny. Undercover Boss was great but too scripted.

How is this so low it should be at least 17

Good show

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18 The Osbournes

Probably the funniest reality show I've seen. Ozzy is the complete light of the show and is one of my funniest heroes


19 Face Off

What's great about Face Off is that these people have talent and help to create the most iconic film make up out there. That's staying power. It's a great show for Horror, Fantasy and Sci Fi fans, as well as people who love creativity and art. There is also no cliff hangers like they have to use on subar shows top get you coming back for the next episode. This makes it so that you can get into the show mid season and still truly enjoy it as is. There is also no train wrecks to laugh at, so the show has a supportive feel to it.

I have never seen a show so unique! It's amazing what these people can do!

This is by far my favorite show #1 - nipples


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20 Duck Dynasty Duck Dynasty Duck Dynasty was an American reality television series on A&E that portrayed the lives of the Robertson family, who became successful from their family-operated business, Duck Commander.

The best! Have been to their head quarters in West Monroe and it is just like it is on T.V.. They all get off work at 6:30 and they are just people making an living, doing what the like, with who the love, and doing what they know. The people in the town have a a lot to say about them since they all know them and it is all good. Most grew up going to the same church camp and same church.

How come this isn't higher. Duck Dynasty is one of the greatest shows ever and always will be! - OhioStateBuckeyes

Love Duck Dynasty. Best show on T.V.. Makes me feel good to watch. Makes me laugh and forget all my troubles. Hope they stay on for a very long time.

Still love it and watch it.

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21 Intervention

Amazing reality television that makes a difference.

Sad but gripping and powerful - rc42085

22 The Bachelor

You go on a reality show to get hitched with a total stranger? This show kind of explains better than any other why reality shows are weird...

It's the best show ever! I stay interested until the last episode and I simplys love it!

23 Pawn Stars

Unlike many other of these shows I actually learn watching pawn stars and its funny and interesting

For humor and knowledge as well as improving bargaining skills

Good people rick and his dad are the show


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24 Total Drama Island Total Drama Island Total Drama Island is a Canadian animated television series which premiered in Canada on Teletoon on July 8, 2007 and on June 5, 2008 in the U.S.

People hate reality T.V. because they hate/fear new things. They just want to live in the past if they could they would want to live with a small screen television, even use a metal clothes hanger for an aerial. Want to still use video tapes, make a petition for Blockbusters to reopen. Live with 5 channels.

Not really a reality show but its still good

BEST reality parody ever. What better way to skewer the genre than with animation? Another great animated parody is Drawn Together but that show didn't stick to the strict elimation format.

It is a show for proper mad dogs! if you don't like this show you're bongo

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25 Man vs. Wild

Cause BearGrylls grylls a Bear because a bear Cannot gryll Bear grylls while Bear Grylls

26 Impractical Jokers Impractical Jokers

What the hell! Can't believe that I had to add this. I mean come on this is rated 7.8 out of 10.0. This show that makes me laugh really hard. Those who haven't watched this I recommend you to watch just one episode and I guarantee that you won't regret it.

How the HECK is it way down here? How is it NOT number one? Just because it's not extremely popular does not mean it sucks. It is the funniest show on the planet.

Of course...I just love this show, it's so real and hilarious and just AWESOME...and all the four of them are just great... - Ananya

Best reality comedy out there. How is this not in the top 15? - KingSlayer93316

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27 The Bachelorette
28 RuPaul's Drag Race

Embraces the camp of reality shows and takes it to a whole new level. All the drama, talent and quotability any reality addict needs.

Hie, No T No Shade No Pink Lemonade but this show is the best and I FEEL VERY ATTACKED because this show is not higher

Honestly the best reality show. It should be higher!

Greatest reality show on T.V..

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29 Survivor Man
30 Gold Rush
31 Project Runway

It the best reality ever, there should be more episodes, and not as much time in a year without them. Every episode is very entertaining and interesting.

I love this, because I like the idea and a lot of the talent, but also becuase I think this show is much more objective and down-to-business than a lot of other reality shows. I mean, I don't think the judges are trying to put on a facade, when they are on stage and then act completely different outside the show!

This is simply the best show I've ever seen!

32 America's Funniest Home Videos

Disagree. Pretty much 90% of the "funny" stuff on this show is people randomly falling down or tripping over something.

This is a great show I like to laugh and this show will make you laugh.

Great real T.V..

33 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

This show is so sweet. I cry every week.

I am praying someone will makeover my home. Badly needed, it was my father's dream to keep it in the family. If my mom gets her way, none of us will ever see it again. please help.

34 Flavor of Love

Flava Flav is like a real life cartoon!

So funny, yet so trashy. To be honest the show had so many memorable moments.

Pumkin and New York fight at elimination
Hottie comparing herself to Beyonce
Hottie cooking chicken
New York's return in season 2, only to be eliminated
Anything New York did

New York paved the way for future reality stars.

35 The Mole

Brilliant! I wish they would bring it back. My wife and I have watched all of the US episodes and have viewed a fair amount of those from the UK and AUS. By far our favorite is the American version which is surprising be/c we really don't like much that comes out of the U.S. Humm...

The best and most intelligent reality show on television! - tarot_contralto

Bring Back the Mole! And this time with more contestants! Fun!

Yeah! I say: bring it back!

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36 The Apprentice

I love the apprentice so ducking much

I don't care about the contestants, I just like the hosts(Dad(original) and Schwarzenegger(replacement). - Therandom

The apprentice has had some terrible contestants like April Phillipé and Karin

37 Big Brother Canada
38 Wife Swap

I bet the american wife swap is better than the wife swap in czech republic...
I'm from czech republic and I have to say that our version is absolutely terrible.
There are such extremes, in every episode is a poor or just weird family.
I don't watch it but my friend showed me one episode with such a weird family. That parents were terrible, they had 2 children and they lived in a lodging house. There was only one room. They both were smoking and they didn't even wash themselfs. That lady said she's smoking since 6 years old. She was 26 and she looked like she's 50. She said she never brushes her teeth... what?
That was absolutely disgusting and nasty!
Pure cringe.
I'm 17 and my parents always hated this show. it's just a piece of crap.
I've never seen the american version, but I think it's better than the czech one

One of the most interesting shows I ever seen and the families are and chemistry with eachother are off the charts, great show. Not really a fan of reality shows but this is one of the couple I seem to like. Watch it, when there is nothing to do. - Undertaker15-0

Put two opposite women with different family = entertainment - Razor79


39 WWE Monday Night RAW

It’s kinda boring now. Plus, it’s not real. It’s scripted - KingSlayer93316

40 America's Best Dance Crew
41 The Voice (UK)

It's such a nice show that is looking for the best voice of UK, nothing less, nothing more.

42 Chopped
43 Bar Rescue
44 Pimp My Ride
45 American Ninja Warrior

I love this show!

46 The Challenge

Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race and The Challenge are the best Reality competitions

How is this not higher. The Challenge brings drama, suspense, competition, and rivalries

This is actually an addicting show. One of my favorites - JCchrom3

Best show I’ve ever watched but it’s not spread around enough if at one point in everyone’s life they watched one season of the show they would watch it forever

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47 The X Factor

It's the best show suckers!

48 Chris Angel Mindfreak

Dude, this guy is so cool

49 Cutthroat Kitchen
50 Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Take this off right now!

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