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 Bachelorette Season 17, EPisode 3
THE BACHELORETTE – Ò1702Ó Ð After an eventful first night, itÕs off to the races for the 23 men looking for love with Katie Thurston. This jam-packed week will give the suitors a literal wake-up call, take Katie and one lucky man on a charmingly special camping date, and even beg the question Òwho is the greatest lover of all time?Ó But with all that fun, thereÕs bound to be drama as nerves unravel and Katie is forced to question who is truly here for the right reasons, on ÒThe BacheloretteÓ airing MONDAY, JUNE 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)TAYSHIA ADAMS, KAITLYN BRISTOWE, KATIE THURSTON /

Best Reality shows: The Bachelor (and the whole of Bachelor Nation)

Network it airs on: ABC

Years it’s aired: 2002 to present

What it’s about: The show is all about one single man looking for love. The idea is that he finds his future wife on the series. That has been the case from the very beginning.

This one man has 20-30 women all vying for his love. The women are in the Bachelor House, so they have no contact with the outside world during this, except for toward the end when it comes to Hometown Dates. Everything is based on how the dates go throughout the series.

It’s one of those reality TV shows with a growing franchise. There’s The BacheloretteBachelor in Paradise, and much more coming or way.

Why it’s one of the greatest: This is the reality show that arguably started all the other dating shows out there. If it wasn’t for the success of The Bachelor, it’s unlikely that so many other reality TV shows all about love would have ended up being made. Well, they would have, but would they have been so successful? Probably not.

The Bachelor has also spawned the entire Bachelor Nation, and we’ve included other shows on this list because they offer something slightly different from this flagship series.

The series isn’t as great as it used to be, though. The first seasons were focused on love and the natural drama that can happen. As the years have gone on, there’s been far more drama that the series arguably needs. Yes, we want some, but it can get a little juvenile at times.

It remains the most popular reality series on ABC. There’s no doubt that people still want to follow men looking for love.

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Which reality TV shows do you love the most? Have we missed one on our list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.