Top 10 Best Reality TV Shows Ever

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Reality TV Shows Ever till 2017. Some people love to watch reality television shows and for others, reality TV is a guilty pleasure. Over the years there have been some really bad reality television shows and some really good ones. With hundreds of reality of television shows to choose from, choosing the top 10 was not an easy task.

List of Top 10 Best Reality TV Shows Ever till 2017

#10 Cops


Cops is a very long-running reality show that follows police in certain cities around, getting disputes, disputes, and crimes being committed in the moment on camera. There are some episodes that are dedicated to narcotics stings and other theme episodes, such as Bad Girls, Bad Boys, and Couples Gone Wild. The cameras often follow the officers in larger cities where the crime rate is high. It is a very exciting show for anyone who loves the excitement of the law.

#9 Fear Factor

Fear Factor Top Best Reality TV Shows Ever

Fear Factor was a reality based game show which contestants are forced to eat disgusting things such as bugs and body parts of animals, such as brains, testicles, etc. They are also forced to do extremely scary tasks, such as climbing to great heights, climbing into a barrel full of spiders, and diving with sharks. If the contestant refuses to do any of the challenges would be immediately disqualified. While the show was really gross, it was one of the highest rated reality shows of all time.

#8 America’s Next Top Model

America's Next Top Model Top Most Reality TV Shows Ever

America’s Next Top Model was a very popular show that went on for 23 seasons. The host of the show is supermodel, Tyra Banks. She was also on the panel of judges, along with the original panel, Janice Dickinson, Beau Quillian, and Kimora Lee Simmons. The panel for the final two seasons included Banks, J. Alexander, and Kelly Cutrone. During each season, there were 10 to 16 contestants. Each week, the contestants were judged on their participation in challenges, their overall appearance, and their best shot from the week’s photo shoot. The winner of America’s Next Top Model would win a modeling contract, a contract with a cosmetics line, and a photo shoot with a famous photographer for the magazine that was sponsoring that season. Many fans were very upset when the last episode aired on December 4, 2015.

#7 American Idol

American Idol Top 10 Reality TV Shows Ever

American Idol is a singing competition that debuted in 2002. The object of the show is to find the best singer in the country through a series of nationwide auditions. The contestants that make it to television would sing on the show, and listen to the critiques of the judges. One of the most famous judges was Simon Cowell, due to his mean demeanor and his harsh critiques. In order for the contestants to be judged, viewers would call in and vote for their favorite. Several artists started very lucrative careers after appearing on the show, including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert, and David Archuleta. Many more made their first album, which was the prize, but didn’t make it any further. The final episode aired on April 7, 2016.

#6 The Amazing Race


The Amazing Race is a reality show that put teams of two against each other on a race around the world. The prize for the winners of the race is $1 million. They got around the world using a variety of transportation modes, such as on foot, in cars, in taxis, on boats and buses, in trucks, on helicopters, on airplanes, and in hot air balloons. The show went on for 22 seasons. They were approved for a 23rd season, however, the show did not appear on the CBS fall schedule. During the game, the teams would be given clues that would tell them where their next checkpoint is located. The team to make it to the finish line first wins. The show won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards.

#5 America’s Got Talent


America’s Got Talent is a talent show. Contestants would be allowed to show off any talent onstage before a panel of four judges. After the “judge cuts”, contestants would go on to the live shows. During the live shows, America would vote for the winner. The person who wins the whole show would win $1 million and they would use their talent to headline their own show in Las Vegas. Over the years, the show has changed a bit. As the show became more popular, the venue where the contestants perform has grown. They have performed at Radio City Music Hall and the Dolby Theater. The show is hosted by funnyman, Nick Cannon. The judges over the years have changed, with the final panel of judges being comedian, Howie Mandel, former Spice Girl, Mel B, supermodel, Heidi Klum, and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell, who replaced Howard Stern.

#4 Little Women LA


Little Women LA is a show that follows a group of little women around, documenting their lives. There are a variety of fights and fun on the show. The stars of the show, Terra, Tanya, Christy, Brianna, Jasmine, and Elana let the cameras into their lives to see their weddings, their children being born, and a few smack down fights. Little Women LA was so popular that Lifetime created two spin-offs, Little Women New York and Little Women Atlanta, which are equally as popular.

#3 Survivor


Survivor is one of the most popular reality television show on television. It has run for 33 seasons and 486 episodes. The show maroons a group of strangers on an isolated island, where they must get their own food, shelter, water, and fire. The group is split into two teams and the teams compete in challenges for rewards and immunity. As the game goes on, contestants are voted off one by one by their fellow contestants. The last contestant standing would win $1 million.

#2 Naked and Afraid

Naked and Afraid Top Most Popular Reality TV Shows Ever

This is one of the most dangerous reality shows on television of all time till 2017. Two strangers, a man and a woman with survival skills are dropped in a remote area in the country. They are expected to last 21 days on their own, naked. Each contestant would be given one survival tool, and are expected to find their own food, their own water, and to stay away from predators. They must also deal with horrible storms and blistering heat. There is a spin-off of Naked and Afraid called Naked and Afraid XL, where contestants are sent out into the wild in three teams in three remote areas. They are expected to live 40 days naked. On past shows, the groups have met up and created a large group. On both shows, contestants are allowed to “tap out” if they can no longer handle the harsh environment. There is no prize if contestants make it the 21 days. All they get is to have their survival skills rated.

#1 The Real World

The Real World Top Popular Reality TV Shows Ever

The Real World was the first reality show. It premiered on MTV in 1992. The show would put 7 strangers together to live in a house. Very diverse and different people were chosen to live together to see how things played out. The first season was experimental, and the people in the house became bored and the producers were not getting any good footage. To fix the problem, they sent the group on a trip, which became a regular occurrence in all of the seasons. During each season, different groups would live in different cities. The show put the roommates in other countries during a few seasons, including Paris, Australia, Mexico, and St. Thomas. For many of the seasons, the group was required to work at a job that was chosen by the producers. Over the years, the jobs faded and producers came up with different twists. In one season, the producers brought the exes of the roommates to visit. In another season, they brought people that the roommates had bad blood with. The show has run for 32 seasons and is still going. Over the years, the show has gotten more and more wild, with roommates not caring that they are on camera and did whatever they wanted. In each season, the producers make sure that they put racially and sexually diverse people in the house to see how much friction can occur.

Reality shows are a great way to watch people compete for prizes and to follow them around in their lives. If you have never seen a reality show, you should watch one. They could become your new guilty pleasure.

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