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 Biggest Loser
THE BIGGEST LOSER — “Time for Change” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) PhiXavier Holms, James DiBattista, Kristi McCart, Domenico Bruggelis, Teri Aguiar, Katarina Bouton, Erica Lugo, Bob Harper, Steve Cook, Megan Hoffman, Robert Richardson II, Dolores Tomorrow, Micah Collum, Kim Emami-Davis — (Photo by: John Britt/USA Network) /

Best Reality shows: The Biggest Loser

Network it airs on: NBC and then USA Network

Years it’s aired: 2004 to present

What it’s about: The series sees people who are overweight and ready to transform their bodies. The focus is on losing weight with a competition element to it. They’re put through the paces in terms of exercise and put on restrictive diets. The aim is to be the person who loses the most weight.

This could be dangerous. There are doctors, physical trainers, and other experts and medical professionals on hand to make sure the contestants lose the weight safely. This is about being healthy mentally as well as physically.

Why it’s one of the greatest: The competition element certainly draws us in as people. However, there’s another reason that this show is so close to the top of our list. It offers a chance for people to change their lives for the better. These contestants, even if they lose, are going home with the knowledge and the skills to continue to lose weight and be healthier people.

There is a toxic element to the series. It’s something that the show needs to work on, and that’s why the show doesn’t quite make it to the top of the greatest reality TV shows ever. However, that toxicity doesn’t take away from the success it’s had on some of the contestants of the past. There are many who have changed their lives since being on the series.