27 greatest reality TV shows of all time

THE BACHELOR - "2401" - Handsome airline pilot Peter Weber is ready to take off on an international journey filled with romance, high drama and love! He grabbed Hannah B.'s attention with his boyish charm and one storied night in a windmill, but Bachelor Nation was shocked when she ended their relationship. Now, their heartthrob is back to hand out the roses and search for his happily ever after as he stars in the 24th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering with a big three-hour special, MONDAY, JAN. 6 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless)PETER WEBER, NATASHA, SYDNEY, PAYTON, SAVANNAH, VICTORIA F., KELSEY, ALAYAH, ALEXA, HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELOR - "2401" - Handsome airline pilot Peter Weber is ready to take off on an international journey filled with romance, high drama and love! He grabbed Hannah B.'s attention with his boyish charm and one storied night in a windmill, but Bachelor Nation was shocked when she ended their relationship. Now, their heartthrob is back to hand out the roses and search for his happily ever after as he stars in the 24th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering with a big three-hour special, MONDAY, JAN. 6 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless)PETER WEBER, NATASHA, SYDNEY, PAYTON, SAVANNAH, VICTORIA F., KELSEY, ALAYAH, ALEXA, HANNAH BROWN /
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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY — Season:14 — Pictured: (l-r) Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Kelly Dodd, Shannon Storms Beador, Tamra Judge, Gina Kirschenheiter — (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo)
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY — Season:14 — Pictured: (l-r) Emily Simpson, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Kelly Dodd, Shannon Storms Beador, Tamra Judge, Gina Kirschenheiter — (Photo by: Tommy Garcia/Bravo) /

Best Reality shows: The Real Housewives

Network it airs on: Bravo

Years it’s aired: 2006 to present

What it’s about: This is one of those reality TV shows that is all about how people live. However, it’s not just about everyday people. It’s about the housewives of some of the richest and famous people in the world.

The series is the biggest franchise on TV right now. There are 11 different shows internationally. Whether it’s Orange County, Dallas, and even Cheshire in the UK.

The Real Housewives franchise was inspired by Desperate Housewives and some other soap operas. It was a chance to see what the real women were like. Would they worry about money? Would they look for ways to start side businesses? How do they enjoy their lifestyles?

Why it’s one of the greatest: The fact that it has spawned so many franchises makes it one of the best. It’s rare even for reality TV shows to spawn continuous spin-offs that are still running. There isn’t a month without one of the Real Housewives shows.

We get a glimpse into the lives of other people. Sometimes that’s what we need when we think our lives are bad. At least we don’t have to deal with some of the drama these women do. And it’s not just drama in their lives but among each other. It’s pure entertainment, and that’s what we’re here for.

There does need to be a slight change, though. Isn’t it time that we see more of these women as businesswomen? Can we get rid of some of the gender stereotypes?