What’s the thing in our lives that is the most entertaining? Wait, it’s life itself! And when said life is amped up with unique challenges, tons of drama, and high-value entertainment, you get reality TV series. So, basically, what you are watching is life on steroids, and it is a helluva fun time. If you’re missing this kind of fun, look no further, as we’ve gathered a list full of only the best reality TV series that have ever seen the light of day.

There are the absolute reality TV classics here with their painfully simple premises that are still as entertaining as ever. Yes, Big Brother, we’re talking about you. Then there are the reality shows that are here to educate and inform, like the MythBusters and Project Runway. Then there’s the reality series that is here purely for our entertainment, like Wipeout and Last Comic Standing. Oh, and don’t forget the strain that always leaves you drooling - cooking reality series! See, there’s a pick for everyone; no matter if you’re a petrolhead or a fashionista, there’s always a reality series to cater to your needs.

So, scroll on down below to check out the list of the best TV series we’ve prepared for you. Don’t forget to vote for the ones that have thrilled you the most and share this article with your friends!

#1

MythBusters

MythBusters


The MythBusters duo - Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman - have been doing what they've been doing the best, busting myths, since 2003. These special effects professionals take us on a journey of proving the legitimacy of myths, adages, internet videos, movie scenes, and everything else by employing various scientific methods. And very often, it means exploding stuff, which, as we all know, is great fun to watch. The MCs of this constant entertaining havoc soon became famous and recognizable worldwide. Still, besides their fame, they've also inspired plenty of people to dig deeper into the world of science and scientific experiments. Science has never been more fun than in MythBusters!

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#2

Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen


Hell's Kitchen is an American reality series that premiered in 2005 and is created and hosted by none other than celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Now, this series is for professional chefs, and in each season, two teams of kitchen magicians compete to win the position of head chef. Also, this time, the contests live in dormitories until their elimination, making it into a real reality drama. Of course, there are challenges, brutal eliminations, and cook-offs, all for our entertainment!

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#3

Rupaul's Drag Race

Rupaul's Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race is a reality TV series that is basically a sports league for drag queens. Here, RuPaul - a drag queen of many talents - together with a panel of judges, tries to find America's next drag superstar by challenging the series contestants with trials of a full-blown drag show. There are runway challenges, mini-challenges, maxi challenges, and of course, the ultimate battle of lip-syncing. It's flamboyant, it's full of drama, and the entertainment here is pretty much amazing.

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#4

Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives

Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives


Guy Fieri, the host of the reality series Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives, will take you on a round-the-world trip of tastes. Basically, it's a road trip that'll leave you drooling and wishing to taste the gorgeous foods he presents. There's a topic for each episode, something along the lines of your favorite comfort food, ethnic cuisine, and local delicacies. Once the theme is set, Guy travels across the globe to taste food prepared by small eateries and share their delicious recipes. While it isn't as thrilling as, let's say, the Survivor series, its impact was huge for the restaurants and diners featured on the show - with the growth of clientele, they've finally started earning what they deserve, and it's all thanks to Fieri.

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fieri is a great guy, during the devastating fires in N. California, he brought in a mobile kitchen and fed firefighters, emts and those displaced from the fires.

#5

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is probably one of the most thrilling adventures that we have ever seen in the light of our silver screens. Here, up to twelve teams at a time participate in a race around the world. They are all traveling by following clues and using various modes of transportation, from planes to taxis; they have to get to the next spot, whatever the means. And with a grand prize of a million dollars, you just know that the stakes are high, and the competition is pretty fierce.

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I still don't understand why the contestants don't learn to drive a stick before going on the show, by now they should have noticed that most cars outside the States are not automatic, watching them grind gears and jackrabbit all over does add some humor but gaining this skill would definitely benefit the contestants

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#6

MasterChef

MasterChef


Though there are two MasterChef series - the original British series made by BBC and the 2010 American spin-off, it's the latter that made it into our top 10. If you're wondering why, it is purely because of Gordon Ramsay, the legendary hell-raiser chef that we just can't get enough of. Besides different presenters, MasterChef U.S. follows almost the same premise as its British predecessor - in each episode, a group of amateur or home chefs compete against each other in a series of baking challenges to decide who will become the titular Master Chef. And while some critics shook their fingers at over-dramatizing contestants' stories, they have also praised the series for its high entertainment value.

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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love Masterchef Australia especially coz everyone is so supportive of each other and aren't bitchy.

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#7

Shark Tank

Shark Tank


Shark Tank is the one and only business-oriented reality TV show on our list. The premise here is simple - entrepreneurs share their ideas with possible investors interested in their businesses or ideas. Where's the drama in that, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever given a pitch or seen one unfolding, you know that the relationships between tycoons and entrepreneurs are full of it. There's also the factor of unexpected, original, or sometimes plain silly ideas that are being pitched; some might make you want to invest, while others will give you a hearty laugh or two. All in all, it's great entertainment minus the humiliation of its participants that was so prevalent with some other business-oriented reality shows.

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#8

Survivor

Survivor


2001's Survivor is like the dream of Bear Grylls coming true before he even had it. In Survivor, we get to follow a group of strangers dropped off in some isolated location and left to fend for themselves. And we do mean fend - there's no shelter, no food, no fire, and no other commodities provided for them. Thankfully, though, they're most likely to be left in a place that's of a warmer climate, upping their chances of 'survival.' Besides the quest of not dying, they also participate in various challenges that end in an elimination. And although we all know that this series has been heavily scripted, it's nonetheless great fun to watch these Robinson Crusoes go about their situation.

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Laura Lett
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gave it a try. After the 12ish season, started getting redundant. S.S.D.D.

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#9

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares


Although in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, the famous chef takes a part of a troubleshooter for failing hotels, it doesn't mean that he's less ill-tempered or foul-mouthed than before or since. So here, Gordon checks in with British hotel owners, trying to share his experience with them and help with the overall remodeling of their businesses. The series’ entertainment value, action, and adventures granted it phenomenal popularity, with many international spin-offs, including but not limited to an Israeli version, a Brazilian one, and even a Ukrainian take on the show.

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Buren
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is cross-contamination! Jesus! And what is this dehydrated turd?

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#10

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown


Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a reality TV series where this famous chef travels to the lesser-known parts of the globe, introducing us to their culture and cuisine. Not only is Parts Unknown a series with a high entertainment value, but it also gives the viewer a chance to meet cultures and people that have been forgotten by all the other documentarists or series producers. Sadly, this multi-award-winning series only ran for five years due to Bourdain's untimely death.

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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Miss his wit, dark humor. Never take life. for granted

#11

Project Runway

Project Runway


Project Runway is a reality TV series focusing on fashion design. What's really refreshing with this series is its lack of drama and a huge emphasis on creativity, education, and, of course, design. Here, aspiring designers compete in various fashion-based challenges where they have to come up with a new garment in each episode. Finalists of the series have to produce a whole fashion collection, and the winner of Project Runway is determined by a panel of famous people from the industry. It's a highly entertaining series with practically zero melodrama!

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#12

Last Comic Standing

Last Comic Standing


Last Comic Standing is like the rap battle in the 8 Mile movie. Except it's comedians, and there's no rapping. Well, it's still a battle of some sort, so there you have it. In all seriousness, though, this reality television talent competition's main goal is to find the next superstar comedian out of a fairly large group of hopefuls. There's a new comedic challenge in each episode, varying from stand-ups to one-man shows aired live on radio. And, while the competition is pretty fierce, the laughs are also more than abundant here. All in all, it's a fun way to unwind after a hard day's work!

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Found some amazing comics on this show, Fluffy (Gabriel Iglesias) and Josh Blue are my 2 favorites

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#13

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior


American Ninja Warrior is a sports reality series based on the original Japanese game show Sasuke. And who knows better about kooky game shows than the Japanese? So, based on their expertise and adapted to the American audiences, Ninja Warrior gave us hours of thrills and spills. While completing an obstacle course might seem like a simple task, wait until you see the traps prepared by the producers - these aren't an adult version of a jungle gym; it's something else entirely. So, if you're into adrenaline, American Ninja Warrior might be just the right pick for you.

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#14

Undercover Boss

Undercover Boss


sThe Undercover Boss series franchise, with its adaptations in several countries, offers the viewers a new kind of intrigue. Here senior executives and bosses go undercover to work in their own companies to see their businesses from the inside - how does it really function, check the temperature of their workers, and figure out what could be done better. After their time undercover ends, the most hard-working people are often awarded financially, while those in need are offered more training or better work conditions. And while there's still some drama, Undercover Boss is as humane a reality TV series as one can get.

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Laura Lett
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Still cant believe how out of touch with reality most of the "bosses"are. So can't stand this show.

#15

Hotel Hell

Hotel Hell


Now, if we've had Gordon Ramsay helping Britons to turn around their shabby lodging establishments in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, then in Hotel Hell, it's the Americans’ turn. And as you can imagine, the U.S. version of the series is even less constricted in emotion and drama, and it is as fun as ever watching Ramsay trying to help the owners of failing hotels. Some succeed, others don't, but Hotel Hell is guaranteed to keep you entertained.

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#16

Wipeout

Wipeout


2021's Wipeout, featured on our list here, is a reboot of the legendary ABC series of the same name. In Wipeout, contestants are challenged to complete the 'World's largest' obstacle course without any hiccups. There are slides, huge bouncy balls, water obstacles, and anything you could imagine. And if that seems already quite entertaining, then just wait until you hear the mishaps of contestants commented by John Cena, Nicole Byer, and Camille Kostek. This trio just might knock you out of your shoes!

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#17

Worst Cooks In America

Worst Cooks In America


Worst Cooks In America takes its contestants, who can gladly boast about their terrible cooking skills, through a cooking boot camp where they learn the ins and outs of fine cuisine. After their training is finished, the competition's winner is discerned by the final challenge: they have to make a restaurant-quality three-course meal for the critics and the judges. Worst Cooks In America is a highly entertaining show with 22 seasons under its belt, so you'd better start watching now if you wish to catch up!

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG, the level of badness of the contestants is beyond belief- and the Celebrity version is an eye-opener. Who knew that Barbara Eden can barely open a can???? Some of the chefs that Ann Burrel have had on the show have almost had nervous breakdowns trying to deal with the contestants (Alton Brown for one)

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#18

E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story


While E! True Hollywood Story is classified as a television documentary series, the stories they depict and the people they talk to make it into one of the most entertaining reality series. After all, it's reality they are talking about! So, here's what you might expect from True Hollywood Story - exclusive interviews with never-before-seen details on everything about pop stars, trends, and iconic moments in Hollywood. And if you are into pop culture, E! True Hollywood Story might enlighten you on the details you've never known before.

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#19

The Masked Singer

The Masked Singer


Once you figure out the fact that The Masked Singer series originated in South Korea, you instantly know that it is going to be quite an original show! Here, famous singers perform on stage wearing head-to-toe costumes, and the panel of judges has to guess who is who. And when we say 'costumes,' they truly aren't your kid's Halloween costumes. Instead, they're often something that's completely out of the bat, like giant chickens, huge lips, alien entities, and the sort. It's very creative and highly entertaining, even if you're not into the music reality series concept at all.

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why give any support to Rudy Giuliani?????? Don't blame 2 judges for walking out of the reveal

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#21

Big Brother

Big Brother


It's time for Big Brother, probably the OG of all reality television. The series takes its name from the character in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, and that should give you a nice idea of how freaky it all really is. Here, the contestants live in a specially constructed house that is sealed from the outside world, and every breath they take or word they say is being documented on live television. It's a really intimate look into the contestants' lives, and there's always loads of drama. If you're into that kind of thing, then Big Brother might be your best bet for reality TV entertainment!

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James016
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The first Uk series was mildly interesting as it was the first one. They demolished the UKBB house a while ago. It's now 2 new sound stages for the studios.

#22

Chopped

Chopped

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#23

America's Got Talent: The Champions

America's Got Talent: The Champions

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Foxxy (The Original)
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I really like AGT/BGT etc but it annoys me that there is soooo much singing. There are already heaps of singing contests. It's nice seeing the variety of talent.

#24

Battle Of The Network Stars

Battle Of The Network Stars

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#27

Ice Road Truckers

Ice Road Truckers

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#29

Catfish: The TV Show

Catfish: The TV Show

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Songland

Songland

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#32

America's Next Top Model

America's Next Top Model

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Laura Lett
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Liked this at first. Then things changed, not for the better.

#36

Deadliest Catch

Deadliest Catch

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Buren
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This should be higher than many, many, many other pointless reality fake dramas.

#39

The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

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#40

Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow

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#41

Cutthroat Kitchen

Cutthroat Kitchen

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DUN DUN (she/her)
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was watching this one day, and my mom who's got no clue about what happens in this show walked in and saw this woman cooking on a bed. LMAO THE SHOCK ON HER FACE

#42

Rupaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

Rupaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race

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#43

Mythbusters Jr.

Mythbusters Jr.

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#44

Primetime: What Would You Do?

Primetime: What Would You Do?

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#46

Impractical Jokers

Impractical Jokers

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Buren
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Found this by accident before it gained popularity, enjoyed earlier seasons

#47

Animal Cops: Miami

Animal Cops: Miami

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#50

Judge Judy

Judge Judy

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Caiman 94920
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loved her original show, now that she's left network TV and dumped Bird, its not as good

#52

Dr. Pimple Popper

Dr. Pimple Popper

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Animal Cops: Houston

Animal Cops: Houston

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#55

Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice

Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice

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#56

The Final Table

The Final Table

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#57

Action Planet: Climate Challenge

Action Planet: Climate Challenge

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Cupcake Wars

Cupcake Wars

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Dave
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cupcakes are so yesterday.

#63

Top Chef Masters

Top Chef Masters

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Deal Or No Deal

Deal Or No Deal

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#66

The Great Food Truck Race

The Great Food Truck Race

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Halloween Baking Championship

Halloween Baking Championship

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Making The Cut

Making The Cut