Top 20 Reality TV Shows

Posted by By rosie at 8 February, at 05 : 04 AM Print

There is no denying that reality TV shows sell like hot cakes. In the past couple years there has been hundreds of reality shows, some made it and some could never get the audience addicted. Below you will find some of the most popular reality TV shows of all time. We’re sure you will find some in there that you are addicted to as well (hopefully not but if you are, more power to you).

19 Kids and Counting

This American reality TV show started in 2008 as 17 Kids and Counting, then 18 Kids and Counting and as of today 19 Kids and Counting.  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been having babies since 1988. The Duggar children all have names starting with the letter “J”. One would think that Jim and Michelle would mistake them, loose them or be in a large amount of debit, but the Duggars seem to have it all together.

Check out the Duggar’s Family website to see  just how well they handle the challenge  of a large family.

16 and Pregnant

The show aired June 2009 on MTV and normalizes teenage pregnancy.  Following pregnant sixteen your old girls through high school dealing with the hard ships of teenage pregnancy.  MTV launched a knock off of the show called Teen Mom with Teen Mom 2 airing on January 2011.

Ace of Cakes

CAKES, CREATIVITY and CHAOS is what it takes to be apart of Charm City Cakes. Duff Goldmen and his staff of fellow rock musicians, shape out cakes with drills and blow torches, if you can dream it the Ace of Cakes can make it!

American Idol

A competition to find new solo singing talent.  American Idol debuted on June 11 2002 and has become one of the most popular American TV shows in history. There is some controversy over why people watch the show. Do you watch the show for the talent or the non-talent?

The Bachelor

25 hopelessly romantic women compete for the hand of one tall, rich, handsome sophisticated man.  The show is known for its twist both structurally and contextually. Season 1 aired in 2002 and season 15 just started January 3rd 2011. You don’t want to miss the one!

The Bad Girls Club

This cast of young, powerfully and bold women bring drama to a new level.  Their outrageous behavior will keep you wondering what more can these bad girls do and where are the bad boys at?

Being Bobby Brown

Being Bobby Brown is a reality series that depicted the life of R&B singer Bobby Brown and his mega-star then-wife, singer Whitney Houston, and their family. The series debuted on the Bravo channel on June 30, 2005, and became very highly rated, and restored a degree of celebrity to Bobby Brown.

Bret Michaels Life As I Know It.

The lead singer of The lead singer of Poison seems to live one wild ride, but when he is not touring he is just a normal father, as normal as a rock dad can be. Watch as Bret finds the balance between being a Rock and Roll Superstar and a Poppa who Rocks.

Dancing With The Stars

The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers, who each week compete by performing dances. These are then given scores by a panel of judges. Viewers are given a certain amount of time to place votes on their favorite dancers, either by telephone or (in some countries) by the Internet. The couple with the lowest combined score (judges plus viewers) is eliminated. This process continues until there are only two or three couples left, at which point one couple is declared the champion. On Monday, Feb. 28, during the regular airing of The Bachelor, the full cast will be announced for season 12.

Deadliest Catch

Deep in the frigid water of the Bering Sea lurks forty-foot waves and  freezing temperatures. Crew members regularly pull 20 hour shifts swinging 700 pound crab pots, a nearly 100 percent injury rate and  exposed to the harsh elements on a slick deck. These man have one purpose to catch as much crab as possible to earn enough money for their family to live on for a year. Go to watch clips from past seasons and for show times.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels

The legendary, tongue wagging demon of KISS is Dad (Gene Simmons ), and former Play Mate of the year (Shannon Tweed) is mom. The blessed children Nick and Sophie are dealing with the trials and tribulations of adolescence, even though Mom and Dad are truly like no one else’s parents. Each episode reveals why they are the most non-traditional family in America.

Hell’s Kitchen

Hosted by superstar chef Gordon Ramsay, Hell’s Kitchen is a cooking competition. Aspiring restaurateurs go through an intense culinary academy to win the life changing grand prize. It debuted in May 30th 2005, and returns this fall with the eighth season. This is a must watch scalding hot unscripted series.

Hoarder Buried Alive

Hoarding goes inside the homes of extreme hoarders to explore the psychology behind their compulsion to accumulate & store large quantities of nonessential things. Each episode tells the stories of hoarders struggling with behavior that has made every day existence unbearable for both them & their loved ones.

I Survived A Japanese Game Show

An American reality show that saw its first season premiere on ABC June 24, 2008. The show followed a group of Americans, who leave the United States for Japan where they competed in a Japanese style game show.The winner takes home US $250,000.


The series has conducted 172 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, 134 individuals are currently sober. Twice nominated and in 2009 awarded the Emmy® for Outstanding Reality Series, the five-time PRISM Award-winning series “Intervention” profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis or estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Each episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the addict, and which is conducted by one of four specialists: Jeff Van Vonderen, Candy Finnigan, Rod Espudo and John Southworth. Exclusive updated interviews with past subjects from the series first nine seasons are available on

Jersey Shore

The series premiered on MTV on December 9th 2009, it follows the lives of eight housemates spending their summer on the Jersey Shore. The series has a garnered record rating for MTV.  Making it the networks most viewed series ever.

Kate Plus 8

Kate Plus 8 (formerly known as Jon & Kate Plus 8 and stylized on the title card as Kate Plus Ei8ht) is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children: fraternal twins and sextuplets. The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show originally aired on Discovery Health, but then aired on TLC for Seasons 3-5. The show was one of the highest rated programs on TLC during its run.

Keeping up With The Kardashians

A tempest of siblings, business and fame engulf Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner and paparazzi fave Kim Kardashian as their huge Hollywood families collide.  The season may be over, but the K sisters are back in Kourtney & Kim Take New York!

My Big Fat Redneck Wedding

Country Music Television is proud to bring y’all the best red-neck weddings this country has to offer. My Big Redneck Wedding, hosted by the charming Tom Arnold, follows country couples as they plan their shin-digs and pull them off. Each episode features a new couple, each with their own special touches added to make their wedding country-unique.

Wife Swap

Each week from across the country, two families with very different values are chosen to take part in a two-week long challenge. The wives from these two families exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover just what it’s like to live another woman’s life. It’s a mind-blowing experiment that can end up changing their lives forever.

Realty TV is on the rise. Do you watch it? Have you been on TV your self, or do you have an idea for a show? Please share with us your ideas.

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