RANKED! Our 20 Favorite Reality Shows of the Last 20 Years

Reality TV wasn’t always a thing. It used to be that the only shows on television were game shows, soap operas, sitcoms, and prime-time dramas. Reality didn’t really factor into entertainment, unless you count the news as entertaining (if so, there might be something wrong with you). Then, in 1992, MTV’s The Real World came along and, with its “Let’s film strangers cohabiting!” setup, changed the television landscape forever. Since then, we’re embarrassed to admit how much time we’ve spent watching reality TV. It’s so bad, it’s good, and we can’t resist tuning in to the train wrecks people make of their lives. Though we feel kind of gross and dirty after watching these shows, we simultaneously feel better about our choices in comparison with these drama queens and kings. These are our 20 favorite reality shows from the last 20 years. Try not to binge on them all at once or you will lose total faith in humanity.

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