The 100 Lowest-Rated Reality TV Shows of All Time

Reality television, launched in its current form by MTV's The Real World, is one of the most incoherent but simultaneously illuminating creations of the last quarter century. What began as a window into Generation X soon has since become an at-times frightening template for the next generation as they enter young adulthood.

We are a country that films everything, shares our private spaces, and constantly broadcasts our beliefs in one of many public Confessionals. This former glimpse into the lives of "real" people has turned into a bizarre distortion of the world— offering altered views of what business, relationships, and competition really are.

With hundreds of shows now vying for viewers, Stacker analyzed IMDb data to compile a list of the lowest-rated reality TV series since the genre's inception, focusing on shows with over 1,000 IMDb votes.

The shows range from the fairly harmless to the downright morally disastrous— along with a few that are so bad they just might be good.

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100. 'Criss Angel Mindfreak'

- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Years on the air: 2005–2010

Criss Angel first appeared on TV in 1994 on ABC's Secrets. A&E's show follows magician Criss Angel as he performs street magic and illusion-based public stunts. Angel in October 2018 wrapped up his Vegas show, "Mindfreak Live," after more than 4,000 shows.

99. 'Undercover Boss'

- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Years on the air: 2010–present

In case the world needed more reasons not to trust upper management, each episode of Undercover Bossfeatures a higher-up posing as an entry-level worker to experience how the other side lives and works. Each episode ends with the boss absorbing tough-earned lessons about how workers could be treated better.

98. 'America's Got Talent'

- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Years on the air: 2006–present

Another competition show from the mind of American Idol judge Simon Cowell, America's Got Talent is a talent show in the same format. The show winnows the giant pool of contestants down to a small cadre by the time the live shows start. By the finale, the judges and fan voters must decide whose odd talent deserves the grand prize. This is the only show where a martial artist and a dog trainer have both won $1 million.

97. 'My Strange Addiction'

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Years on the air: 2010–2015

My Strange Addiction was released in 2010 and tells stories of people with wild obsessions like living cats and getting stung by bees thousands of times. One can surely find a better way to their time than listening to someone trying to overcome their affinity for eating deodorant sticks.

#96. Gene Simmons: Family Jewels
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96. 'Gene Simmons: Family Jewels'

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Years on the air: 2006–2012

Much of television is derivative, but the derivation feels especially obvious in the reality genre. Gene Simmons: Family Jewels is a slightly tawdrier version of The Osbournes. The magic of The Osbournes' first season was that Ozzy and his family seemed real. As you can imagine from a man who wore face paint throughout his career, Family Jewels does not feel like an unvarnished look at the life in the Simmons home.

95. '100 Humans: Life's Questions. Answered.'

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Years on the air: 2020–present

Wonder what questions 100 humans could pose to create a reality television show? 100 Humans: Life's Questions. Answered. explores everything from the best age to be alive to how to be happy. The Netflix show creates experiments to find answers to the mysteries of being human. Socrates would not be a fan.

94. 'Pimp My Ride'

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Years on the air: 2004–2007

Pimp My Ride elaborately renovated cars that didn't look as though they could pass an emissions test. Lead by rapper Xzibit, the customizations installed weren't what you'd expect to be offered at the dealership, and ranged from wildly impractical to outright dysfunctional. Oh, you like fish—how would you like to drive a car with five exotic fish tanks shaped like a branzino?

93. 'Fear Factor'

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Years on the air: 2001–2012

After the mega-success of CBS's Survivor, which forced regular people to go through extreme conditions for the chance to win $1 million, NBC launched Fear Factor, which made regular people eat inedible food and complete scary stunts for money. While Survivor was an intricate enough game to create a whole world of social strategy, Fear Factor was more about host Joe Rogan encouraging people to eat worms. In 2011, the network brought the show back for a short-lived run after being off the air for several years.

92. 'You've Been Framed!'

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Years on the air: 1990–present

In the same spirit of America's Funniest Videos, You've Been Framed! is the British version of wacky accidents filmed by ordinary people. The show is seen through Harry Hill's unique perspective that reinforces that laughter is the best medicine, especially when someone else is screwing up.

#91. American Gladiators
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91. 'American Gladiators'

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Years on the air: 2008–2010

The original American Gladiators that ran from 1989 to 1996 was bad, but also incredible—with plenty of Spandex and bad haircuts. The reboot, hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali, was considered redundant. Earnest '80s and '90s culture is intriguing—adding any contrivance to a show already overrun with well-oiled artifice becomes hard to watch.

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90. 'Say Yes to the Dress'

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Years on the air: 2007–present

Some say it was President Eisenhower who first warned us about the wedding industrial complex. Unfortunately, we didn't heed the words Ike possibly said, and now every element of a wedding has been turned into a once-in-a-lifetime moment with a bill to match. Say Yes to the Dress lets audiences watch a bride pick her dream dress for her big day: We see what she thinks would work, how wrong she usually is, and how hard it is to convince Grandma to let her show a little skin.

#89. The Osbournes
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89. 'The Osbournes'

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Years on the air: 2002–2005

Right as Pat Boone's crooning cover of "Crazy Train" came on at the beginning of this MTV reality show, it was clear The Osbournes would be a special television program. The show followed the wild domestic life of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne. The rest of the Osbourne family—his wife Sharon, and his two punk kids Jack and Kelly—is equally as entertaining. The family's other daughter, Aimee, declined to be a part of the show. The Osbournes were a bit like a strung-out, technicolored, cuddly version of the Sopranos.

88. 'Teens React'

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Teens React is a YouTube series—part of the series that has different-aged people react to pieces of pop culture. In this version, people older than 12 and younger than 20 react to topics including movies, viral videos, and presidential debates. "Teens React to Game of Thrones" has more than 4.7 million views.

87. 'Ax Men'

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Years on the air: 2008–present

Another entry in the genre of unique jobs reality TV, Ax Men follows logging crews in America's northwest and southeast forests. As is always the case, the show focuses on the rugged men who do the work, and the dangers they face. In 2016, Gabe Rygaard, who frequently appeared on the series, was killed in a car accident.

86. 'Vanderpump Rules'

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Years on the air: 2013–present

The Bravo series follows struggling actors and models who work at a West-Hollywood restaurant owned by Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. One of the keys to reality television is the right blend of insane protagonists and believability—but the actors' acting falls short on Vanderpump Rules.

#85. LA Ink
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85. 'LA Ink'

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Years on the air: 2007–present

This TLC reality show is a spin-off of a similarly lackluster tattoo shop reality series, Miami Ink. LA Ink follows Kat Von D—who left the Miami tattoo studio because of a dispute with her co-stars—out to Los Angeles, where she opens a shop of her own. As you'd expect, Von D continually clashes and fires coworkers throughout the seasons.

84. 'America's Next Top Model'

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Years on the air: 2003–present

In this serialized competition show, aspiring models move into a house and compete in a series of weekly events to find out who is cut out for the world of super modeling. The key to the show, which has just begun its 24th season, is host and judge Tyra Banks. Already one of the top-earning models by the early 2000s, the show took her and her use of the word 'fierce' to a whole other level of fame.

83. 'The Girls Next Door'

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Years on the air: 2005–present

This E! reality series took viewers inside the strange world of the Playboy Mansion and Hugh Hefner's personal life. The first five seasons were interesting in a voyeuristic sense, and Hefner's girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson were charming enough to carry the show. When Hefner dumped them all for two 19-year-old twins before the sixth season, it got too dark to keep watching.

82. 'The Biggest Loser'

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Years on the air: 2004–present

NBC's The Biggest Loser is a competition show where contestants work with intense personal trainers to lose shocking amounts of weight each week. Because this is a network reality show rather than a cable show, episodes feature heartbreaking backstories and end with the dramatic weight loss that hopefully contributes to contestants being happier and healthier in their lives.

#81. Big Brother
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81. 'Big Brother'

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Years on the air: 2000–present

Based on a Dutch series, Big Brother puts 10 people in a house rigged with cameras everywhere, and forces them to interact with only their housemates. Throughout the season, the housemates compete and vote on who to evict until the eventual winner emerges. The key to the game is to not go insane—it's similar to Survivor, but instead of an island, contestants are stranded on a soundstage.

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80. 'Paranormal State'

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Years on the air: 2007–present

The producers behind Paranormal State deserve a pat on the back; they managed to find a truly out-there college club—Penn State's Paranormal Research Society—and turn it into a TV show. The A&E series follows the group of amateur ghost hunters as they search for paranormal activity at haunted locations. That these reality ghost shows keep popping up is the only truly terrifying part of this clunker of a series.

79. 'The Moment of Truth'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2008–present

The Moment of Truth is a game show that ran for one season on Fox. Each contestant takes a polygraph test, and then must tell the truth—based on the results of the polygraph—in front of a studio audience. Obviously, as the value of questions rises, the answers are more personal.

78. Bachelor in Paradise

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2014–present

For viewers who are looking to find faith in the power of love, Bachelor in Paradise is the ultimate second chance as former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette get another chance to discover love with former contestants in exotic locations. Although production was sidetracked due to the pandemic, Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.

77. 'Supernanny'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2005–2020

Originally a British series, Supernanny is a reality show where nanny Jo Frost arrives at the homes of parents with difficult kids, and completely transforms the children. Frost is a wonderfully stern Brit with a heart of gold—she's basically The Dog Whisperer for children.

76. 'Floor is Lava'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2020–present

Netflix launched Floor is Lava in 2020. The show features contestants attempting to creatively cross floors filled with lava. Curtains, chairs and chandeliers provide lifelines as contestants navigate the rooms. One wonders where the inspiration for the show erupted.

75. 'Prank Encounters'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2019–present

The hidden-camera prank show reveals the horror of becoming the unsuspecting star of a reality show witnessing bizarre moments in your life. A haunted mansion, ancient burial ground and and spider-infested home are some of the sites in the 2021 season of Prank Encounters.

Love Island
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74. 'Love Island'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2015–present

What do you get when you combine matchmaking and Las Vegas with a revolving door of singles on the hunt for romance and a cash prize? Singles who stop swiping Tinder long enough to watch the show on CBS escape to a world full of drama, drinks and delusion. Cheers to be a castaway on Love Island.

73. 'Geordie Shore'

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Years on the air: 2011–present

The Geordie Shore gang travels the world, but ultimately love nothing better than raising their glass and lowering the bar to live and work in Newcastle. MTV's reality show features nude tub parties, shag pads and steamy moments.

72. 'Minute to Win It'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2010–2014

The clock is ticking on Minute to Win It as contestants scramble to complete 10 challenges using household items to win $1 million. Chef and TV personality Guy Fieri hosts the NBC game show that allow ninjas and warriors to dazzle audiences while showcasing their dexterity and determination.

71. 'The City'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2008–present

This show is a spin-off of MTV's The Hills, which was a spin-off of Laguna Beach, which was brought to air because of the success of The O.C., The City follows Whitney Port, who heads to New York to work for a famous designer. The Hills lucked into many great characters, and two of the greatest villains in reality show history, but The City never hit the same kinetic magnificence.

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70. 'Storage Wars: Texas'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2011–present

A spin-off of Storage Wars, Storage Wars: Texas follows a group of people bidding on storage lockers that are past due for rent, only this time in Texas!

69. 'Mountain Monsters'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2013–present

Who knew people would tune in to watch hillbilly hunters on the prowl in West Virginia? It is a tad bit scary that Mountain Monsters has enjoyed eight years of Appalachian aberrations.

68. 'Cribs'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2000–present

MTV's Cribs takes the audience inside and outside the extravagant mansions of celebrities on fun, personality-driven tours. The show coined the catchphrase, "This is where the magic happens," which the celebrities habitually say before opening the doors to their bedrooms. The most-watched episode is the hour-long Mariah Carey special.

#67. The X Factor
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67. 'The X Factor'

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Years on the air: 2011–2013

Another Simon Cowell creation, The X Factor may be seen as Fox's attempt to double down on American Idol. The show, which also had singers competing for a record deal by gaining votes from judges and viewers, was so close to American Idol that creator Simon Fuller sued Cowell. The show ran through a fair amount of judges, including Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Britney Spears.

66. 'Breaking Amish'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2012–2014

TLC's Breaking Amish explores life outside the Amish world for five members who have left the stringent community. Viewers followed the five brave men and women as they pursue a new life in New York City. Wondering what happened to the courageous crew? Watch the spinoff series Return to Amish.

65. 'Afflicted'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2018–present

The producers of the Emmy-award winning series Intervention pull back the curtain to reveal patients with chronic illness hoping to find answers and solutions. The Netflix series digs deep into puzzling illnesses as costs soar, families struggle and the clock ticks.

64. 'Most Haunted'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2002–present

Psychic mediums and scientific gadgets pair to investigate paranormal activities in haunted spots around the world. You can watch Yvette Fielding narrate Most Haunted on YouTube.

63. 'Mob Wives'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2011–2016

VH1 launched Mob Wives as a show that followed four women whose husbands had been arrested and incarcerated for mob-related crimes. As the show went on, a few more mob wives were added to the cast—this show is a creative, if a bit dark, take on The Real Housewives extended universe.

#62. Chrisley Knows Best
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62. 'Chrisley Knows Best'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2014–present

Another family reality show, Chrisley Knows Best, follows the Georgia-based Chrisley family. Multimillionaire Todd Chrisley is a real estate mogul with five kids and many eccentricities. The wife and mother, Julie, plays a rock-solid role in the family and has spoken out about her battle against breast cancer.

61. 'The Real World'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 1992–present

The Real World is the longest-running reality TV show creating a new narrative for television and the meaning of reality. As noted in the introduction, The Real World, is one of the most incoherent but simultaneously illuminating creations of the last quarter century. What began as a window into Generation X soon has since become an at-times frightening template for the next generation as they enter young adulthood.

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#60. Dog the Bounty Hunter
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60. 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2003–2012

Dog the Bounty Hunter followed show star Duane "Dog" Chapman as he tracked down fugitives and delivered them to the authorities. Ozzy Osbourne recorded the show's theme song. Chapman has repeatedly made the headlines for his racist epithets and ongoing family drama.

59. 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'

- IMDb user rating: 5.0
- Years on the air: 2010–present

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is the sixth in Bravo's The Real Housewives franchise. Just as in every other version, this iteration features a group of wealthy frenemies who love dramatic dinner parties and lavish trips that end in fights. The Beverly Hills cast centers around Frasier star Kelsey Grammer's wife, as well as his ex-wife, former child actress Kim Richards, and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump.

58. 'Kids React'

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Years on the air: 2010–present

Viewers have been enjoying the sheer joy of kids reacting to video on Kids React for over a decade. Watching kids react to using a record player for the first to seeing spiders on videos seems like a harmless pastime for a few chuckles.

57. 'Shahs of Sunset'

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Years on the air: 2009–present

For over a decade audiences have been watching Shahs of Sunset, a Ryan Seacrest production that shadows a crew of Persian-American friends navigating life and work in Los Angeles juggling family and cultural traditions. New cast members and drama are revealed in the current season.

#56. Hogan Knows Best
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56. 'Hogan Knows Best'

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Years on the air: 2005–present

VH1's Hogan Knows Best follows the domestic life of pro-wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan and his family. A lot of the show's action centered around Hogan's daughter Brooke and her burgeoning singing career. The result was a spin-off called Brooke Knows Best.

#55. Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
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55. 'Rock of Love with Bret Michaels'

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Years on the air: 2007–present

VH1's Rock of Love is proof that romance ain't dead, baby! The show brought 25 women together to compete for the chance to date Poison frontman and everyday bandana-wearer Bret Michaels. Shockingly, the resulting relationship did not last—but that did allow for two more seasons.

54. 'Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County'

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Years on the air: 2004–2006

In response to the gigantically successful show, The O.C., MTV launched Laguna Beach as the real-life version of Orange County teenagers. By following the rich, popular kids at Laguna Beach High School, the show gives a window into the over-the-top, incredibly dramatic way the cast lives. Employing a narrator, senior Lauren Conrad, and what felt like a fair amount of scripted action, the show lived in the middle-ground between soap opera and reality show.

#53. Hardcore Pawn
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53. 'Hardcore Pawn'

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Years on the air: 2009–2015

This truTV series follows the Gold family-owned pawn shop, American Jewelry and Loan, in Detroit. The show highlights a fascinating sibling rivalry between Les Gold's two kids, Seth and Ashley, providing much of the action. The first episode was the network's most-watched series premiere ever.

52. 'Ex on the Beach'

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Years on the air: 2014–2020

Based on the British show with the same moniker, Ex on the Beachfeatures reality TV stars thinking they are headed for a vacation on a beach only to discover their exes on the shore. Secrets, scandal and drama created anything but paradise for the surprised stars.

51. 'Made in Chelsea'

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Made in Chelsea follows a gaggle of young friends through the tony borough, Chelsea and Kensington. Jamie Lening, 32, recently announced that he is leaving the show as he feels he has aged out.

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50. 'Bad Girls Club'

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Years on the air: 2006–present

Created by Bunim-Murray Productions, the team behind The Real World, Bad Girls Club puts seven women in a house together. Because each cast member is chosen specifically for their ability to be a tough and charismatic woman, the verbal and physical sparring become much realer than on Bunim-Murray's most famous franchise. During their three months in the mansion, the women fight almost constantly.

49. 'Dance Moms'

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Dance Moms follows a highly competitive Pittsburgh-based, young girls' dance troupe. The show's action comes from the often irrational and overheated interactions between teacher Abby Lee Miller and the dancers' mothers. At the end of each week, Miller gives tough critiques to each of the young dancers in her troupe.

48. 'Dancing with the Stars'

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Years on the air: 2005–present

ABC's mega-hit Dancing with the Stars is an odd, but simple premise: take a collection of famous people, have them dance with professional dance partners, and then let America vote on who goes home. The most interesting part of Dancing with the Stars is how it has become a career rehabilitation program for those who have damaged their names—TV chef Paula Deen, Majority Leader Tom Delay, and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, to name a few.

Millionaire Matchmaker
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47. 'The Millionaire Matchmaker'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2008–2015

In each episode of The Millionaire Matchmaker, the audience sees millionaires receive tips before dates with attractive potential mates. The premise—that even millionaires need help finding love—feels like it was dreamed up by a producer. But the show follows Patti Stanger, who actually runs a Beverly Hills service called Millionaire's Club that does just that.

46. 'Cheaters'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2000–present

Cheaters doesn't waste time with any of the varnish of newer reality series—it feels more like Cops for infidelity. The show employs a team of private investigators with hidden cameras to catch the suspected cheating partner. Each investigation ends with a confrontation, with the wronged partner jumping out of nowhere to unleash at their cheating lover—it's comparable to the most unhinged episode of Candid Camera imaginable.

45. 'I Love New York'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2007–2020

To truly understand I Love New York, we must go back a few decades. In 1986, Rick Rubin tried to sign Chuck D to Def Jam Records, who insisted that Public Enemy's Flavor Flav be signed as well. By the late '80s, Public Enemy's revolutionary rap was topping the charts, and Flavor Flav's large clock necklaces were becoming legendary. A couple of decades later, VH1 created Flavor of Love, a dating show that poked fun at Flav the way Rock of Love lovingly mocked Bret Michaels. The standout contestant was Tiffany "New York" Pollard. Twenty-one years after Rubin signed Flav, Pollard received her own deal—this time to star on a reality program where men compete for her heart.

#44. Wife Swap
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44. 'Wife Swap'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2004–2020

Wife Swap takes two couples from vastly different lives and swaps their spouses for two weeks. For the first week, the new wife must live by the original family rules, but in week two, she can start to run the house the way she does her own. There was always a conciliatory moment at the end when both families met and talked.

43. 'Lizard Lick Towing'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Set in North Carolina's unincorporated community of Lizard Lick, Lizard Lick Towing follows a gruff team of towers as they repossess people's property. Ironically enough, this truTV reality show is notorious for staging the altercations between the Lizard Lick Towing team and people getting their vehicles repossessed.

42. 'Haunted'

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Years on the air: 2018–present

Real-life horror is revealed as people share terrifying tales through graphic recreations on the Netflix series Haunted. Ghouls, demons and dread unfold as viewers watch abuse, delusion and trauma unfold.

41. 'Storage Hunters'

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Years on the air: 2011–present

This truTV series follows eccentric teams of bidders looking for treasures in repossessed lockers. The show works because of extensive editing—we see more great finds than you would in reality. It's likely that the majority of these storage lockers are holding an old bike and a box of knick-knacks leftover from the previous owner's last move.

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40. 'Flavor of Love'

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Years on the air: 2006–present

After Public Enemy hype-man Flavor Flav's memorable appearance on The Surreal Life, it was clear he was ready to bring his bizarre, excitable persona to a franchise of his own. Flavor of Love posits that The Bachelor would be more interesting if instead of watching a boring, cookie-cutter person find love, audiences watched women compete for the heart of Mr. 'Yeah Boy!' himself.

39. 'The Real Housewives of New York City'

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Years on the air: 2008–present

The Real Housewives of New York City was the follow-up to the original The Real Housewives of Orange County. Initially conceived as a show called Manhattan Moms, most of the cast of are not actually housewives. Original cast member Bethenny Frankel went on to launch Skinny Girl Vodka in 2011, which she later sold for an estimated $100 million.

Jon & Kate
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38. 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Years on the air: 2007–2009

TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 was a family reality show about a hectic, but energetic family. Jon and Kate Gosselin had twins and then got pregnant again—this time they had sextuplets. This show was highly rated and the series was changed to Kate Plus 8 once the couple split up.

37. 'Too Hot to Handle'

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Years on the air: 2020–present

Abstinence is the ticket to win the grand prize of $100,00 on the Netflix dating series. Too Hot to Handle features flawless singles romping around paradise trying to resist temptation. Can the hotties keep their pants on long enough to learn the lessons of sexual rehabilitation while keeping the audience entertained?

36. 'Celebrity Big Brother'

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Years on the air: 2001–present

What do you get when you outfit a house with 87 HD cameras and over 100 microphones recording the activities of celebrities 24/7? Celebrity Big Brother provides a lens into the lives of cohabitating celebrities in a reality TV show where the celebrities nominate a housemate to be evicted and audience members decide on their fate.

35. 'Sister Wives'

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Years on the air: 2010–present

Sister Wives follows the polygamist life of Kody Brown, his four wives—Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn—and their 18 kids. The Browns are part of the Mormon fundamentalist sect Apostolic United Brethren. At the beginning of the show, an obstacle this family regularly dealt with was keeping their secret from the outside world.

#34. The Real Housewives of Atlanta
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34. 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Years on the air: 2008–present

The third installment in The Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Atlanta follows the similar format of a wealthy group of female friends who travel, have lavish dinner parties, and fight.

33. The X Factor UK

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Years on the air: 2004–present

The British singing competition The X Factor UK showcases songbirds vying for validation by judges including Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne. Originally called The X Factor, the show has revealed talents like One Direction and Little Mix.

32. 'Teen Mom 2'

- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Teen Mom 2 follows the lives of the mothers from the second season of MTV's 16 and Pregnant. The entire machine of reality television runs on people who are intrigued by the chance at fame. In the case of Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, the participants' particular vulnerability makes it challenging to watch at times.

31. 'Big Brother' (UK)

- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Years on the air: 2000–present

Playing by the same rules as the Dutch and American versions, the British Big Brother sets up a drama-heavy group of young adults in a house together and lets them loose. The object of the game is to remain, but the job is easier said than done among personalities scripted to be obnoxious.

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#30. The Real Housewives of Orange County
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30. 'The Real Housewives of Orange County'

- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Years on the air: 2006–2021

After the success of ABC's Desperate Housewives, Bravo jumped into the sexy housewife space with this reality show. The Real Housewives of Orange County rotated leading ladies in and out during its more than 10-year run, but only Vicki Gunvalson, wife of Donn Gunvalson and co-founder of an insurance company, remained throughout the entire run of the show.

29. 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Years on the air: 2009–present

The fourth of The Real Housewives shows is set in New Jersey and follows another group of housewives. For this series, the wives are all related—either sisters or through marriage. Teresa Giudice, the only cast member to remain on the show for all eight seasons, spent 11 months in federal prison in 2015 for fraud.

28. 'Dr. Phil'

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Years on the air: 2002–present

Dr. Phil McGraw, host of Dr. Phil, pioneered a daytime television spotlighting mental health issues over two decades ago. The show has granted over $35 million in services for its guests and is slated to run through 2023. Dr. Phil has garnered numerous accolades and awards including 30 Emmy nominations, five PRISM Awards and a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Media Award.

27. 'American Idol'

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Years on the air: 2002–present

At its peak in its fifth season, this singing competition show was receiving 30 million viewers per episode, which almost doubles the top-rated show of 2017. Because of its absolute ratings stranglehold, rival TV executives referred to it as the "Death Star." Over the course of its run, it has launched the career of successful stars, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert.

26. 'Scare Pewdiepie'

- IMDb user rating: 4.0
- Years on the air: 2016–2017

The brainchildren behind The Walking Dead created Scare Pewdiepie. The show aired for a year giving audiences a chance to watch Swedish video commentator Felix Kjellberg, aka Pewdiepie, freak out from situations motivated by his treasured video games.

Simple Life
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25. 'The Simple Life'

- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Years on the air: 2003–2007

Let us never forget—Paris Hilton was an important cultural figure in 2003. Weeks after her sex tape was leaked, The Simple Life—in which Hilton and Nicole Richie failed miserably and acted badly while attempting various blue collar jobs—premiered on Fox. At the time, Kim Kardashian was a little-known member of Hilton's entourage—four years later, Kim's own sex tape would leak soon before the premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Hilton has had a less public 2010s, but continues to be a huge success in the fashion and fragrance industries. Ritchie now stars in the NBC sitcom Great News.

24. 'Mystery Diners'

- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Years on the air: 2011–present

Mystery Diners haven been helping restaurants uncover employee theft and fraud for a decade. Using cameras and actors Mystery Diners set the stage for employees to be caught in less than savory acts. Charles Stiles hosts the show that airs on the Food Network and has caught employees stealing lobsters, running a dating service and setting up a pop-up shop on the day that the restaurant was supposed to be closed.

23. 'Teen Mom OG'

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Years on the air: 2009–present

Teen Mom OG follows the lives of four teens featured in MTV's 16 and Pregnant as they navigate life as young mothers. The show was originally called Teen Mom but was rebranded in season 5. The cast, including Bristol Palin, has had its share of behind-the-scenes drama.

22. 'The Hills'

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Years on the air: 2006–2010

A spin-off to Laguna Beach, this MTV series followed Lauren Conrad as she started a career in fashion. The standout of The Hills was Conrad's roommate Heidi Montag and her boyfriend Spencer Pratt—considered one of the great reality TV villains in history. Just as Laguna Beach and The City, the show felt a bit scripted, but was still entertaining to watch for fans.

#21. Jersey Shore
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21. 'Jersey Shore'

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Years on the air: 2009–2012

Fans of the show take Jersey Shore for what it is: trashy and tumultuous with characters too delusional or unaware to care about cameras. The series follows Pauly D, The Situation, JWoww, Snooki, Sammi, Ronnie and Vinnie—self-proclaimed 'guidos' and 'guidettes'—as they fist-bump, workout, drink, fight, and fall in and out of love.

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20. 'Life of Kylie'

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Years on the air: 2017

The lifeline to Life of Kylie was pulled shortly after its premiere on E! While the show did have some tough competition with Game of Thrones when it first aired, its less-than-stellar audience numbers (0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic) were a foreshadow of its underwhelming appeal.

#19. Kendra
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19. 'Kendra'

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Years on the air: 2009–2011

Kendra was a spin-off of the E! network's show, The Girls Next Door. It followed the life of Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend and Playboy playmate Kendra Wilkinson after she left the Playboy Mansion. During the run of the show, she and NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett got engaged, married, and had a child. The theme song is by artist Too $hort, who was Wilkinson's mentor on Celebrity Rap Superstar.

18. 'Utopia'

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Years on the air: 2014

Fox paid an estimated $50 million to create this over-the-top reality series based on a Dutch show. The premise—15 men and women are placed in a remote setting for a year, surrounded by cameras 24/7, and allowed to create a society from scratch. Unfortunately, the show was a disaster and cancelled weeks into its planned year-long run.

#17. The Bachelorette
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17. 'The Bachelorette'

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Years on the air: 2003–present

With the exact same format as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette places around 20 men in a house—and then on the road—as they compete for the chance to marry the bachelorette. The premise of one person dating so many people simultaneously before promptly choosing one to spend the rest of their life with is zany enough to create television magic. Interestingly, six of the 13 end couples from The Bachelorette are still together, but only one of the 21 marriages from The Bachelor is still kicking.

16. 'Khloé & Lamar'

- IMDb user rating: 3.3
- Years on the air: 2011–2012

This Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin-off followed Khloé and Lamar Odom's sometimes beautiful, but heartbreaking relationship. The show's two seasons covered Odom's trade from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks, and Khloé's revelation that she might not be Robert Kardashian's daughter. A few years after the show, the degree of Odom's drug use came to light. For basketball and Kardashian fans, the story is a tragic one.

15. '19 Kids and Counting'

- IMDb user rating: 3.3
- Years on the air: 2008–2015

19 Kids and Counting followed the ever-growing family of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. The TLC show ran for seven years following the family whose monikers began with J and who were homeschooled. First-born son Josh Duggar was recently released from prison as he awaits trial for child pornography charges.

#14. Kourtney & Kim Take New York
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14. 'Kourtney & Kim Take New York'

- IMDb user rating: 3.3
- Years on the air: 2011–2012

As you may have guessed, this Keeping Up With The Kardashian spin-off followed sisters Kourtney and Kim as they open another location of their clothing boutique DASH in New York City. During the two-season run, Kim married and divorced NBA player Kris Humphries.

13. 'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami'

- IMDb user rating: 3.3
- Years on the air: 2009–2013

This Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin-off initially followed sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian as they moved to Miami to open another location of their clothing boutique DASH. In Season 3, Kim Kardashian replaced Khloé, and the title of the show changed from Kourtney & Khloé to Kourtney & Kim. The true stars of this series were Kourtney's then-boyfriend Scott Disick and their baby Mason.

12. 'The Only Way Is Essex'

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Years on the air: 2010–present

Soap opera meets reality TV in The Only Way is Essex that shadows the lives of young lads and lasses from Essex. Gossip, infidelity and scandal follow the Essex elite. A reviewer panned the series comparing the British show to America's Jersey Shore.

#11. Snooki & JWoww
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11. 'Snooki & JWoww'

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Years on the air: 2012–2015

This Jersey Shore spin-off follows Snooki and Jwoww as they live somewhat domestic lives in a converted firehouse in Jersey City. The first season documents Snooki's pregnancy, which gave it quite a different tenor than the blackout shenanigans of the original series. Both of these women are truly notable television characters.

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10. 'The Bachelor'

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Years on the air: 2002–present

While some prefer the most libidinous and debaucherous cable reality TV shows, The Bachelor is about as risque as network reality TV can get. Also, in the show's 20th season, it was the only network TV show to grow its ratings in 2017. Hate all you want: The Bachelor might be television's last great hope.

9. 'Amish Mafia'

- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Years on the air: 2012–2015

Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Amish Mafia follows Lebanon Levi and his three associates who claim to be a small Amish mob syndicate. If this premise seems too good to be true—The Sopranos in Amish country—it may be because it is. Throughout its run, the Discovery Channel series was called out for being more fiction than reality.

#8. A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
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8. 'A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila'

- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Years on the air: 2007–2008

Tequila rose to prominence by being a big deal on early social media site Myspace—she parlayed the social media fame into A Shot at Love, a bisexual dating show in which men and women competed for Tequila's heart.

7. '16 and Pregnant'

- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Years on the air: 2009–present

Shot in an unvarnished documentary style, MTV's 16 and Pregnant follows pregnant teens, showing both the ups and downs of their lives. The show came soon after the hugely successful 2007 film Juno, which followed a 16-year-old who carries her pregnancy to term. Unlike Teen Mom, each episode of 16 and Pregnant followed a different mother from the midpoint of her pregnancy until the time her child was a few months old.

6. 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'

- IMDb user rating: 2.8
- Years on the air: 2006–present

There is a certain banality to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which follows the lives of the Kardashian family and those close to them. There's something wonderful about watching beautiful people in glamorous homes deal with seemingly small issues in incredibly dramatic ways. During the run of the show, the family has risen to the top of American popular culture, and yet the show is not a ratings giant.

5. 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

- IMDb user rating: 2.6
- Years on the air: 2012–2017

A spin-off of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo follows Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her mother around their small town of McIntyre, Georgia. Honey Boo Boo's appearance on Toddlers and Tiaras made her a viral sensation—this show tried to turn that viral moment into a television series. It doesn't ever reach the magic of the first time we saw Thompson being goofy on camera.

4. 'The Goop Lab'

- IMDb user rating: 2.5
- Years on the air: 2020–present

Goop CEO and founder Gwyneth Paltrow and her team explore topics like orgasms, psychic mediums and cold therapy on the 30-minute Netflix show. Experts including medium Laura Lynne Jackson and sex eductaor Betty Dodson help the goop team dig deep into provactive subjects.

#3. Paris Hilton's My New BFF
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3. 'Paris Hilton's My New BFF'

- IMDb user rating: 2.1
- Years on the air: 2008–present

This MTV reality show pitted 16 women and two men against each other to compete for the right to be Paris Hilton's new best friend forever. Brittany Flickinger won the show's first season, but Hilton and her quickly had a falling out, which allowed for a second season. Hilton promised, as earnestly as she could, that the winner would be her BFF forever this time.

2. 'My Super Sweet 16'

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Years on the air: 2005–present

MTV's My Super Sweet 16 is a relatively genius look at the over-the-top, extravagant birthday celebrations of truly spoiled 16-year-olds. Each episode follows a different teenager as they prepare for the lavish event—the teens almost always throw tantrums, fight with friends, and manage to not enjoy themselves at their incredible parties.

Toddlers and Tiaras
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1. 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Years on the air: 2009–2016

Toddlers & Tiaras pulled back the curtain on the competitive world of child beauty pageants. Viewers get to see the behind-the-scenes drama of the pint-size pageants as the toddlers primp, prep and perform to be crowned. Who had more tantrums, the tots or their parents?

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