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TV Shows & Series: Best Reality-TV TV Shows/Series

Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations, often starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television first emerged as a distinct genre in the early 1990s with shows such as The Real World, then achieved prominence in the early 2000s with the success of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen; this is most commonly seen in American reality television. Competition-based reality shows typically feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show. Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows, and traditional game shows are generally not classified as reality television. Some genres of television programming that predate the reality television boom have been retroactively classified as reality television, including hidden camera shows, talent-search shows, documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows, home improvement shows, and court shows featuring real-life cas... ()

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Diomedes, el Cacique de La Junta(2015-2017)

40min per episode | Reality-TV
3.6/5 (with 129 votes)

At just 10 years Diomedes shares with his father Rafael Maria responsibility to bring up her family. In the Board, Guajira, his birth place, and in the midst of so many brothers and little money, Diomedes know that doing this is not easy. Diomedes life takes a turn when discovering love for the first time in the hands of Melida and this is when it begins to write the story of love and passionate Diomedes will be the rest of his life.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians(2007-)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Reality-TV
2.4/5 (with 108 votes)

A peek inside the exploits and privileged private lives of the blended Kardashian-Jenner family, including sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé.

America's Got Talent(2006-)

TV-PG
| 1h 25min per episode | Reality-TV
2.8/5 (with 88 votes)

A weekly talent competition where an array of performers – from singers and dancers, to comedians and novelty acts – vie for a $1 million cash prize.

Big Brother(2000-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Reality-TV
2.5/5 (with 85 votes)

American version of the reality game show which follows a group of HouseGuests living together 24 hours a day in the "Big Brother" house, isolated from the outside world but under constant surveillance with no privacy for three months.

Survivor(2000-)

TV-PG
| 42min per episode | Reality-TV
3.3/5 (with 82 votes)

A reality show contest where sixteen or more castaways split between two or more “Tribes” are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for roughly 39 days. Frequent physical challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for “Immunity”, forcing the other tribe to attend “Tribal Council”, where they must vote off one of their players.

Haunted(2018-)

25min per episode | Reality-TV, Documentary
3.6/5 (with 81 votes)

Real people sit down with friends and family to share terrifying true stories from their past, re-created through chilling re-enactments.

With Erika Guntherová, Eliška Křenková, Petra Bučková, Anna Kadeřávková, Vanda Chaloupková, Hana Baroňová, ...

Hell's Kitchen(2005-)

1h per episode | Reality-TV
3.4/5 (with 64 votes)

Aspiring restaurateurs brave Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts the competitors through an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win a life-changing grand prize.

MasterChef(2010-)

1h 20min per episode | Reality-TV
3.6/5 (with 64 votes)

This hit cooking competition series sees award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and other celebrity chefs put a group of contestants through a series of challenges and elimination rounds, in order to turn one home cook into a culinary master.

Ghost Adventures(2008-)

3.9/5 (with 62 votes)

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans and his crew, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, search for haunted locations both domestically and internationally. During their investigations, Zak and crew acquaint themselves with the general area; interview locals about the hauntings; and go face-to-face with the evil spirits who reportedly haunt these locations.

The Voice(2011-)

TV-PG
| 43min per episode | Reality-TV
2.8/5 (with 56 votes)

The strongest vocalists from across the United states compete in a blockbusters vocal competition, the winner becomes “The Voice.” The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and, finally, the live performance shows.

RuPaul's Drag Race(2009-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Reality-TV
4.0/5 (with 55 votes)

Join RuPaul, the world's most famous drag queen, as the host, mentor and judge for the ultimate in drag queen competitions. The top drag queens in the U.S. will vie for drag stardom as RuPaul, in full glamazon drag, will reign supreme in all judging and eliminations while helping guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge.

Cops(1989-2020)

TV-14
| 30min per episode | Reality-TV
3.3/5 (with 54 votes)

Follow real-life law enforcement officers from various regions and departments of the United States armed with nothing but with cameras to capture their actions, performing their daily duty to serve and protect the public.

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Pawn Stars(2009-)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Reality-TV
3.3/5 (with 52 votes)

Go inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, generations of the Harrison family run the family business, and there’s clashing and camaraderie every step of the way.

With Corey Harrison

Gold Rush(2011-)

TV-PG
| 41min per episode | Reality-TV
3.5/5 (with 49 votes)

Follow the lives of ambitious miners as they head north in pursuit of gold. With new miners, new claims, new machines and new ways to pull gold out of the ground, the stakes are higher than ever. But will big risks lead to an even bigger pay out?

Jackass(2000-2002)

TV-MA
| 30min per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy, Documentary
3.0/5 (with 49 votes)

Jackass is an American reality series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002, featuring people performing various dangerous, crude self-injuring stunts and pranks. The show served as a launchpad for the television and acting careers of Bam Margera, Steve-O, and also Johnny Knoxville, who previously had only a few minor acting roles. Since 2002, three Jackass films have been produced and released by MTV corporate sibling Paramount Pictures, continuing the franchise after its run on television. The show sparked several spin-offs including Viva La Bam, Wildboyz, Homewrecker, Dr. Steve-O and Blastazoid. The show placed #68 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.

American Idol(2002-2016)

1h 25min per episode | Reality-TV
2.6/5 (with 49 votes)

Each year, hopeful singers from all over the country audition to be part of one of the biggest shows in American television history. Who will become the new American Idol?

Directed by Ken Warwick, Bruce Gowers, Shane Drake, Nigel Lythgoe

America's Next Top Model(2003-)

42min per episode | Reality-TV
2.6/5 (with 44 votes)

Aspiring models compete for a chance to break into the business with a panel of judges critiquing their progress throughout the competition.

Deadliest Catch(2005-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Reality-TV
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

Forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…it's all in a day's work for these modern day prospectors. During each episode we will watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.

World War II In HD Colour(2009)

50min per episode | Documentary, Reality-TV, War & Politics
3.9/5 (with 41 votes)

World War II In HD Colour is a 13-episode television documentary miniseries recounting the events of World War II narrated by Robert Powell. The show covers the Western Front, Eastern Front, and the Pacific War. It is on syndication in America on the Military Channel. This series is in full color, combining both original and colorized footage.

The Amazing Race(2001-)

TV-PG
| 42min per episode | Reality-TV
3.3/5 (with 39 votes)

This reality competition sees teams embark on a trek around the world to amazing destinations where they must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical. Only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning the race and the $1 million prize.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta(2008-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Reality-TV
3.1/5 (with 38 votes)

Bravo's cameras turn to the Southern states as the network presents this inside look at the Real Housewives of Atlanta. These women handle the personal dramas that affect their affluent lifestyles with a signature Southern brand of “style” and “grace.”

With NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, DeShawn Snow, Sheree Whitfield, Lisa Wu, Kandi Burruss, ...

Kitchen Nightmares(2007-2014)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Reality-TV
3.7/5 (with 36 votes)

Chef Ramsay attempts to do the impossible: turn one ordinary and empty restaurant into the most popular, sought-after venue in town. There's no time for polite small talk as he embarks on his mission to turn around the fortunes of each restaurant in just one week and save them from their living nightmares.

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta(2012-)

1h per episode | Reality-TV
3.0/5 (with 35 votes)

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is the Atlanta based spin-off of Love & Hip Hop. It premiered on June 18, 2012, on VH1 and chronicles the lives of several women who are involved with hip hop. The second season premiered on April 22, 2013, with new cast members: Atlanta DJ and radio personality Traci Steele plus DJ Babey Drew, Traci's ex and father of their son Little Drew.

Shark Tank(2009-)

TV-PG
| 42min per episode | Reality-TV
3.4/5 (with 35 votes)

Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch various business ideas to "The Sharks" -- tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons -- in hopes of landing an investment.

With Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, ...

Catfish: The TV Show(2012-)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Reality-TV
3.4/5 (with 35 votes)

Nev and his co-hosts -- from Max to Kamie to celebrity guests -- help people in dubious online relationships track down their baes IRL so they can sort out what's fact and what's fiction.

Bad Girls Club(2006-)

TV-14
| 30min per episode | Reality-TV
3.0/5 (with 33 votes)

A cast of young women, who recognize that their outrageous behavior has hindered their relationships, careers and lives, are brought together in a beautiful mansion. They claim they want to change, but will living together help them move forward and turn their lives around – or will chaos rule?

Acapulco Shore(2014-)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Reality-TV
4.0/5 (with 32 votes)

A reality-based look at the vapid lives of several Mexican 20-somethings and their respective friends and/or hook-ups during their stay in Acapulco for a Summer vacation.

Storage Wars(2010-2019)

25min per episode | Reality-TV
2.9/5 (with 32 votes)

When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. The show follows professional buyers who purchase the contents based only on a five-minute inspection of what they can see from the door when it is open. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise.

With Barry Weiss

American Pickers(2010-)

1h per episode | Reality-TV, Comedy, Documentary
3.5/5 (with 29 votes)

Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner’s land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure.

Dance Moms(2011-2019)

42min per episode | Reality-TV
3.2/5 (with 29 votes)

Dance Moms is an American dance reality series that debuted on Lifetime on July 13, 2011. Created by Collins Avenue Productions, it is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Abby Lee Dance Company, and follows children's early careers in dance show business, and their mothers. A spinoff series, Dance Moms: Miami, set in Miami at Victor Smalley and Angel Armas' dance studio, Stars Dance Studio, premiered on April 3, 2012, and was cancelled in September 2012 after eight episodes. On October 10, 2012, Lifetime announced that they had picked up Dance Moms for a third season, consisting of 26 episodes, which debuted on January 1, 2013.

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