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Top 10 Best Reality TV Shows

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What are the best reality TV shows of all time? There are a lot of reality shows out there, but honestly a lot of them are low quality garbage.

This is a list of the top 10 most popular and highest rated reality TV shows in the world.

Top 10 Best Reality TV Shows of All Time

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Top Chef

Top Chef is a cooking reality TV shows that has 10 seasons so far. It first aired in 2006 and it’s broadcasting on cable network television Bravo. In every episode (except the final) of this popular cooking show there are two challenges.

The first one is called Quickfire and the second Elimination Challenge. In Quickfire the chefs usually have 1 hour or less to complete some cooking related task, either cooking a meal or tasting it. In Elimination Challenge the chefs need to prepare some more complex dish or dishes. In the end, they gather in front of the Judge’s Table where one chef is rated with the poorest performance and is disqualified from the show.

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The Voice

The Voice is relatively new TV show (from 2011) and already has 5 season. In this reality show there are 4 famous musicians (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Blake Shelton) who choose and then couch singers with the hope to become popular artists. In the end, America chooses who will be worthy to win the price.

The concept of this show is very interesting because the 4 famous musicians choose the singers in blind audition. This means that the only thing those singers need to have is a great voice. In my opinion, the Voice is the best music related reality TV show at the moment.

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Wipeout is a reality game-show that is very similar to the comically dubbed Japanese game-show MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge). In this reality TV show the goal of the contestants is to pass as much obstacles as they can. This game show has 6 seasons so far and is one of the funniest reality shows out there.

Also there is a Wipeout: The Game for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS that was released in June 2010. There are more than 30 international versions of this show, that follow the Wipeout format.

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So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance is American dance competition reality show that is broadcasted on Fox and on other TV networks worldwide. This show resembles to American Idol and that’s most likely because they are both created by Simon Fuller.

The show begins with open audition where the competitors can show their abilities and if they pass, then they are tested in variety of styles. Only 20 people go to the final, where only one wins and takes $250.000. The winner is decided by people who vote and the judges in the panel.

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Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs is very interesting and original reality TV shows that airs on Discovery Channel with Mike Rowe as a host. This show has 8 seasons and it’s entertaining and educational.

In every episode Mike Rowe finds some jobs that are strange, disgusting and difficult to perform and tries to work with the employees. That’s something like behind the scenes of the most distasteful jobs in the world. This show is very interesting and the host is very entertaining and funny.

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Pawn Stars

Pawn Stars is American TV show that airs on History channel. It’s filmed in Las Vegas and it has 6 seasons so far. This reality television show is about the activities of one pawn shop, which is a family business owned by father and son.

Pawn Stars is mostly about the interaction with the costumers who bring artifacts to the shop, to sell or pawn them. It’s interesting that in this pawn shop the owner does not try to rip people off or take advantage of them.

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Survivor is well known reality game show that airs on CBS in United States. In this show there is a group of strangers who are on some location (most commonly island) where they need to provide food and shelter for themselves and compete in games in order to win rewards or immunity from being excluded from the game.

The goal of Survivor is to be the only one left in the game and the winner takes 1 million dollars as a prize. The show is much more complex and if you are interested I recommend you to watch at least one season, because this is one of the best reality shows.

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Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is the best cooking reality show at the moment with Chef Gordon Ramsay as a host. This is a cooking competition reality show which has 16-20 contestants in one season. The winner, determined by Ramsay, will be appointed as head chef in a popular and exclusive restaurant or if the winner does not wish to accept the reward, then he will get $250,000 cash prize.

It’s interesting to know that the guests that are served by the competitors are in fact famous people. This cooking TV show is very popular around the world and so far it has 11 seasons.

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The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is one of the most popular and most watched reality TV shows in the world. It has very interesting and original concept. The competitors are in teams of two who travel all around the world in order to win the cash prize of 1 million dollars.

There are 22 seasons by now, only in US. This show is also very popular internationally and more than 10 countries have their own version of this top reality TV show.

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Born Survivor: Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild)

Man vs. Wild is #1 top reality show on this list. With Bear Grylls as a host, this show is interesting, entertaining and educational. In every episode, Bear Grylls goes to some remote and dangerous places on Earth and shows us how to thrive and survive there.

This reality TV show is broadcasted on Discovery channel in US and it has 7 seasons. I highly recommend it and it’s for a reason one of the best reality TV shows out there.

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  • indiemonic

    i love food network’s Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen, and just recently finished Styled to Rock produced by Rihanna.