My Favorite Reality TV Shows

I am not ashamed to admit that I’m a huge fan of reality shows. I’ve been watching them since, like, ever and there are always more coming out. My lists are definitely outdated… with over half of them not even on air anymore but, these have been my favorites, past and present.


Elimidate (2001-2006 on Syndication)

elimidate-picA contestant dates four suitors—at the same time—in this syndicated version of the game show. Eventually, three are sent home. (via Sidereel)

Flavor of Love (2006-2008 on VH1)

FlavoroflovelogoIn the show, each contestant is given a nickname by Flav and is referred to by that nickname for as long as she remains in the competition, as Flav says he can remember nicknames more so than real names. Flavor of Love features a clock ceremony where contestants who are not eliminated receive gold clocks to wear around their necks with their picture and nickname behind the hands of the clock. When a contestant is eliminated, her real name is then revealed, followed by a champagne toast. (via Wikipedia)

A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila (2007-2008 on MTV)

A_shot_at_love_with_tila_tequilaA Shot at Love With Tila Tequila features 16 straight men and 16 lesbians vying for the affections of Myspace celeb Tila Tequila. Tequila and the contestants will live together in a mansion and each episode will feature a dramatic ceremony where the contestants are dismissed from the show. (via Bing Search)

Room Raiders (2004-2006 on MTV)

rsz_room_raidersOn the show, three men or women have their rooms inspected, or “raided” by another single man or woman. The raider does not meet or see any of the three singles (any personal photographs of the contestant are removed from the room or covered with a smiley face sticker). At the end of the episode, the raider chooses to go on a date with one of them based on the contents of their rooms. The three contestants watch and comment, while sitting in a van, as their rooms are inspected. After the raider has finished with each of the rooms, the three contestants then raid the raider’s room. Finally, the raider confronts the three contestants and makes his or her choice. (via Wikipedia)

Are You The One? (2004-present on MTV)

AreYoutheOneLogo10 women and 10 men try to seek out love in a 10 week stay at this house all together in Hawaii where true love is really put to the test. Along the way couples go into this thing called a truth booth to find out if they are a “perfect match” or “no match” at all. (via IMDb)


Paris Hilton’s My New BFF (2008-2009 on MTV)

rsz_paris-my-bff-paris-hilton-fans-11593225-400-400Think you have what it takes to be Paris’ new BFF? Twenty contestants living under one roof battle it out in areas of loyalty, endurance and ‘girl politics’ in an effort to live the high life with the infamous hotel heiress. (via Bing Search)

The Challenge (1998-present on MTV)

rsz_enhanced-25654-1403096929-15A season’s typical multitude of cast members are usually divided up into separate teams according to a certain criteria, which varies from season to season. The criteria that teams have been arranged by over the show’s history have ranged all across the board, from gender of the contestants and original show of contestants to bad guy/good guy status of contestants and ex-romantic partners of contestants. Each of the opposing teams compete in numerous missions in order to win prizes and advance in the overall game. Following each mission, a team or a cast member is voted into an elimination round to take on the least successful team from the previous mission. In elimination rounds, they must compete against one another to determine which one is eliminated from the season. Each season has its own, very distinct elimination round, distinguished from those of other seasons in title, design, and general atmosphere. Determining which two teams or two cast members are sent into the episode’s elimination round frequently leads to drama and contestants playing the game dirty; this is due to the show’s contestants being in charge of who is thrown into elimination rounds. Like that of The Real World, sporadically throughout the course of each episode, various contestants are seen privately expressing themselves through reality TV confessionals about the events taking place on the show. (via Wikipedia)

Big Brother (2000-present on CBS)

rsz_bigbrother18logoThe HouseGuests are completely isolated from the outside world and can have no communication with those not in the house. The contestants are competing for a $500,000 grand prize, with weekly competitions and evictions determining who will win the show. The series takes its name from the character in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. (via Wikipedia)

Chopped (2009-present on Food Network)

rsz_fn_chopped_logoIn each episode, four chefs compete in a three-round contest, where they attempt to incorporate unusual combinations of ingredients into dishes that are later evaluated by a panel of three judges. At the beginning of each round (Usually, but not always “Appetizer”, “Entrée”, and “Dessert”), the chefs are each given a basket containing four mystery ingredients and are expected to use all of them in some way. Although failing to use an ingredient is not an automatic disqualification, the judges do take such omissions into account when making their decisions. The ingredients are often not commonly prepared together. Each round has a time limit, typically 20 minutes for Appetizer, and 30 minutes each for Entrée and Dessert. These limits have been extended on occasion for special-format episodes and for rounds in which one or more mystery ingredients require additional preparation/cooking time. The chefs must cook their dishes and complete four platings (three for the judges and one “beauty plate”) before time runs out. Once time has expired, the judges critique the dishes based on presentation, taste and creativity and select one chef to be “chopped” – eliminated from the competition with no winnings. Ted reveals the judges’ decision by lifting a cloche on their table to show the losing chef’s dish, and one of the judges comments on the reason for their choice to the eliminated chef. In the Dessert round, the judges consider not only on the dishes created by the two chefs during that round, but also their overall performance throughout the competition. The winner receives $10,000, although in special competitions, winners can earn anywhere between $20,000 to $50,000. (via Wikipedia)

Food Network Star (2005-present on Food Network)

rsz_next_food_network_star_logoHave you ever thought you could host your own show? Food Network tests that belief in this competition that focuses on both cooking proficiency and camera skills. (via TV)

MasterChef Junior (2013-present on FOX)

250px-Masterchef-junior-logoAny child or teenager between ages eight and thirteen can apply to become a contestant on the series by applying online or by going to an open casting call. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition. At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups. Twelve of the applicants become contestants for the next round and all twenty-four receive one of the MasterChef franchise’s signature aprons that they get to keep, regardless of their progress. After the audition round, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000 and the MasterChef Junior trophy. (via Wikipedia)

Trading Spaces: Boys Vs. Girls (2003-2005 on Discovery Kids)

Trading_Spaces_Boys_Vs_GirlsJust as in Trading Spaces, two families trade homes for two days with no interaction during that time – it’s all a surprise. The twist in Trading Spaces: Boys Vs. Girls is that a boy and a girl, each aided by a friend, get to redesign each other’s bedrooms based on a “theme” supplied by the bedroom’s occupant. Unlike the adult version, there is no budgets, which leads to rooms that tend to be more “over the top”, often in the neighborhood of $5,000! The one caveat: NO PARENTS ALLOWED! (via Bing Search)

America’s Next Top Model (2003-present on UPN, The CW, & VH1)

ANTMCycle23logoContestants are judged weekly on their overall appearance, participation in challenges, and best shot from that week’s photo shoot; each episode, one contestant is eliminated, though in rare cases a double elimination or non-elimination was given by consensus of the judging panel. Makeovers are administered to contestants early in the season (usually after the first or second elimination in the finals) and a trip to an international destination is scheduled about two-thirds of the way through the season. (via Wikipedia)

Shear Genius (2007-2010 on Bravo)

Shear_Genius_logoA group of hairstylists compete in weekly elimination challenges until the country’s best stylist is crowned. (via IMDb)


Real World (1992-present on MTV)

rsz_realworldIt focuses on the lives of a group of strangers who audition to live together in a house for several months, as cameras record their interpersonal relationships. The show moves to a different city each season. (via Wikipedia)

Jersey Shore (2009-2012 on MTV)

250px-JerseyshoreMTV takes you to the Jersey Shore to meet eight young adults living in a summer share in some of the most popular vacation spots. Angelina, Jenni “JWOWW,” Mike “The Situation,” Nicole “Snookie,” DJ Pauly D, Ronnie, Sammi “Sweetheart,” and Vinny live together for a summer in Seaside Heights and we watch them go through work, love, friendship, drama, and hookups. (via TV)

Keeping Up With The Kardashians (2007-present on E!)

rsz_kuwtkThe series focuses mainly on sisters Kourtney, Kim, and Khloé Kardashian and their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. It also features their parents Kris and Caitlyn Jenner (previously known as Bruce Jenner), and brother Rob Kardashian. The significant others of the Kardashian sisters have also appeared on the show. (via Wikipedia)

Mob Wives (2011-2016 on VH1)

Mob_wives_season_5_castChronicles the lives of four struggling “allegedly” associated women who have to pick up the pieces and carry on after their husbands or fathers do time for Mob-related activities. (via IMDb)

Say Yes To The Dress (2007-present on TLC)

rsz_say2Say Yes To The Dress delves into the heart of the world famous Kleinfeld Bridal where the staff face immense pressure to help each bride find the dress of her dreams. Owners Ronald Rothstein and Mara Urshel have continued the over 60 year tradition of the salon, now based in Manhattan. Take a peek at the brides as they try on their dream dresses! The show brings us up close and into the dressing room as brides prepare for their big day. Moms, bridesmaids and friends all express their opinions and often frustrate both bride and staff. In the end though, most brides find that “dream dress” and walk down with their grooms in wedded bliss. (via Bing Search)

Tiny House Hunters (2014-present on HGTV)

rsz_tinyhousehunters.jpgFollow home seekers across the country as they look to downsize, way down. They’ll check out three unique streamlined houses under 600 square feet before deciding on the perfect compact kingdom to call home. When it comes to choosing one and making an offer, will they join the tiny house movement or stick with wide-open spaces? Viewers will be on the edge of their seats waiting to see what these Tiny House Hunters ultimately decide. (via HGTV)

Girls Next Door (2005-2010 on E!)

Girlsnextdoor-titlecardAn inside peek at what really goes on in the Playboy Mansion, starring Hugh Hefner’s then three main girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. (via Bing Search)

The Simple Life (2003-2007 on FOX)

200px-Paris_cowSociety princesses Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie swap their fabulous parties, wardrobes, and trust funds for the The Simple Life. Hotel money heiress Hilton and her best friend Richie leave the comforts of their lavish LA lifestyle to move in with a hardworking farm family in rural America. (via Bing Search)

Life of Ryan (2007-2008 on MTV)

mainC_281Skateboarding hero Ryan Sheckler’s dream came true when he want pro a la Tony Hawk. The youngest person ever to achieve such superstar status in skateboarding, this 17-year-old appears to have it all. Find out if his life is all that as the cameras probe the deepest reaches of his real home and family. (via Bing Search)

Viva La Bam (2003-2005 on MTV)

Viva_La_Bam_Title_Screen.jpgViva La Bam is MTV’s hit “prank” show all about the life & antics of pro-skater and pro-jackass Bam Margera. From hilarious scavenger hunts to changing the house into a giant skatepark or hockey rink, he always keeps the show a family affair. (via TV)

What are some reality shows that you’ve watched and actually enjoyed?

XO, Hunida

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41 thoughts on “My Favorite Reality TV Shows

  1. Oh my god these are bringing me down memory lane! I feel like I use to watch more reality television when I was teenager (it was also when it seemed to really have its hey day…I mean hello Simple Life…) I do ADORE Chopped (and pretty much anything on the food network) an will have it on as background noise when I am home. ❤

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    1. Yeah I definitely don’t spend as much time watching reality tv nowadays haha. Simple Life was so funny!!! I use the food network for background noise too! 😄


  2. I tend to favour reality TV shows that have the contestants make things. I like Forged in Fire, Project Runway (junior more than the standard), The Great British Baking Show, The Great Pottery Throwdown.
    I did watch one season of the Real World (we had our own video channel, Much Music rather than MTV, so these things arrived a little late). It was the season with the Swedish guy….actually liked it.

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    1. I’ve watched a little bit of Project Runway and the Great British Baking Show but I’ve never heard of Forged in Fire or The Pottery Throwdown. I’d love to watch the pottery one!!! Sounds so fun. The Real World is addicting!

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  3. Not a fan that much of reality shows, but I loved Mob Wives. Big Ang, may she rest in peace.I liked Karen and Drea. Occasionally I watch Love and Hip Hop Atlanta and of course , Basketball Wives. (Figures I would like a show about athletes wives and girlfriends , right?) My favorite reality show that cracks me, my landlady and her mother up the most is Chrisley Knows Best. Love that show.

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    1. Yes, RIP to Big Ang ♡ Drea was my favorite! I’ve heard of Love & Hip Hop but never seen it nor have I seen Basketball Wives, but of course you love that one! It sounds fun!!! I’ve never heard of Chrisley Knows Best but I’m gonna have to check that one out too! Thanks for the recommendations! 😄


  4. I used to LIVE for the VH1 reality shows: Shot at Love, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love (with Brett Michaels), Charm School… LOVE! I was also really into The Bad Girls Club. God I loved crappy reality tv! That’s why we don’t have cable now- it’s such a huge time suck. We just have Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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  5. I don’t really watch a lot of reality tv shows, or so I think sometimes. I watch Impractical Jokers if that counts (what counts as reality tv these days) 😂 and I used to watch Dance Moms. I used to watch a bunch of those shows on MTV like Catfish, Pimp My Ride, Parent Control, and Made. And so on really 😂 but it’s been so long!

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    1. OH MY GOSH lol. I love Impractical Jokers!!! & Dance Moms!! Forgot about both of those!! I remember all of those other shows though! Made did an episode at my high school!! Haha. Oh remember the one where we got to see celeb houses?! I liked that one, too. 😀

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      1. I haven’t watched Dance Moms in forever but my best friend and I used to watch it faithfully 😂 and ohh that’s exciting! And MTV Cribs! I miss all of those shows, MTV used to have great reality shows

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  6. YESSSSSS all those date shows from MTV. Would like to add the Date my Mom show to that mix.

    Real World up until like 2009 then I feel like it just got way to ridiculous. I enjoyed the Challenge series.

    I grew into Jersey Shore. And the Snooki/Jwoww spin offs. Fun fact Jwoww and I had the same due date 🤗 I indulged in Kardashians as a there is absolutely nothing else on.

    ✔ANTM ✔mob wives ✔flavor of love (and the NY spin off) ✔tila tequila ✔say yes to the dress (both NYC and Altanta)

    I’ve never been into cooking shows especially the ones with kids because I’m silently crying into a bowl of cereal while they filet and Julianne their way around the kitchen like little Gordan Ramsey minions. 🤦‍♀️

    I will add the real housewives series particularly OC, BH, NJ, and Atlanta

    Does catfish count as reality? I’m still amazed that with as many seasons people still do it lol

    Reading the comments I have to add ✔Project Runway ✔Chrisley Knows Best

    🤔 does house hunters count? Because it amazes me that one is like a button collector and the other is like a janitor and their budget is like 45million. Like what am I doing wrong???

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    1. I thought about Date My Mom right after I posted this hhahah I loved that one! & Parental Control. oh & NEXT!! LOL. They were all good, right?!
      You’re right, I haven’t watched The Real World in quite some time! The people they choose are so weird & not interesting enough.
      LOL YOU ARE TOO FUNNY!!! Those kids really are fucking amazing. They def make me jealous too!!!
      I’ve never really watched The Real Housewives but I remember my sister used to really one of ’em! I can’t remember the location!
      I KNOW! I think Catfish still makes new episodes too, don’t they? People are insane.
      I’ve never heard of Chrisley Knows Best until I posted this!! I hope I can find it somewhere to watch haha, sounds interesting!!
      I think House Hunters count! I included Tiny House Hunters so yeah, why not?! ;D

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      1. I found this show called it Nailed It, which is about baking fails 🤣 I’m like yesss finally a show I can feel good about myself! And Chrisley Knows Best is hilarious. He’s a wealthy GA real estate agent. And he really tells it like it is and gets into a lot of trouble. I followed him on Twitter after I started watching the show and my TL is never disappointed 😭🤣

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  8. I definitely watched flavor of love and room raiders lmao. I watched them because that’s what they had in tv back then lmao. I also used to watch the real world, just a bunch of drama lmao. There was this other show, I think on oxygen? I cannot remember the name but it was just a bunch of girls in one house and they would sometimes have cat fights holy shit that was intense. I wish I could remember the name of the show but I’m blanking on it!!
    I also briefly watched the kardashians but eventually i grew bored of their drama lol. I don’t really watch reality tv anymore.
    Viva la Bam was by my far my all time favorite!!

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    1. LOL yeah, you’re right. It’s like all they had on TV… ever. I never had that Oxygen channel I don’t think but I’m thinking you’re talking about Bad Girls Club?? Because I was never able to watch that one. 😦

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  9. I used to watch Room Raiders after school, and I loved Elimidate back in the day. I wish The Real World wouldn’t have gotten canceled, but I blame MTV for destroying their own show. The casting was getting weaker, and they were more concerned with “themes” that would cause drama instead of going back to the routes and just picking people from different backgrounds to live together and get jobs.

    I also watched A Shot at Love and Paris Hilton’s My BFF. I still watch The Challenge. It’s my favorite reality show! I’m a huge fan of it.

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    1. I didn’t know the Real World got cancelled because yeah, I stopped watching it… like even before the themes. When I went back to watch it one day I was like this is too different. I didn’t like it. You’re right. No wonder they got cancelled.
      My boyfriend and I love the Challenge too! We haven’t been able to watch the last few seasons though. I read they are putting in Big Brother’s cast members now?

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      1. I did like the Skeletons season of The Real World, even though that was a themed one. The ones they did after that were not good though.

        The Challenge did have some Big Brother people on the last season, but they’ve also been bringing some people from other reality shows too, like Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore.

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        1. I think I had watched a little bit of the Skeletons season and another themed one that I can’t remember. It’s just not the same as it used to be! They should’ve made it a whole different show.
          That’s so interesting that they’re bringing all kinds of people into The Challenge now. I wish there was a way to catch-up but they took all of the episodes off Hulu.

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