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Competing for prizes (24 shows)

You don’t necessarily need talent to live on an island or in a group house for three months and walk away with tons of cash, but you do need to have some sort of strategy. Right? That question has kept millions of viewers coming back to these social experiments for 15 years.

Groundbreakers: “Survivor”, “Big Brother”, “The Amazing Race”

  • “Survivor”
  • “Big Brother”
  • “The Amazing Race”

Flops: “I Want to Be a Hilton”, “America's Most Smartest Model”, “Kid Nation”

  • “I Want to Be a Hilton”
  • “America's Most Smartest Model”
  • “Kid Nation”

Did they really air that? “Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People.”

  • “Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People.”

Survivor (CBS)

May 2000 - present

Big Brother (CBS)

July 2000 - present

The Mole (ABC)

January 2001 - August 2008

The Amazing Race (CBS)

September 2001 - present

Surreal Life (VH1, WB)

January 2003 - May 2006

Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People (ABC)

February 2003 - March 2003

All-American Girl (ABC)

March 2003 - April 2003

The Apprentice (NBC)

January 2004 - present

I Wanna Be a Soap Star (SOAPNet)

October 2004 - October 2007

The Real Gilligan's Island (TBS)

November 2004 - June 2005

I Want to Be a Hilton (NBC)

June 2005 - August 2005

Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (Syfy)

July 2006 - September 2007

Bad Girls Club (Oxygen)

December 2006 - present

Kid Nation (CBS)

September 2007 - December 2007

America's Most Smartest Model (VH1)

October 2007 - December 2007

I Love Money (VH1)

July 2008 - December 2010

I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1)

August 2008 - January 2010

Paris Hilton's My New BFF (MTV)

September 2008 - August 2009

13: Fear Is Real (CW)

January 2009 - February 2009

Shark Tank (ABC)

August 2009 - present

Expedition Impossible (ABC)

June 2011 - August 2011

Glass House (ABC)

June 2012 - August 2012

Stars Earn Stripes (NBC)

August 2012 - September 2012

Naked and Afraid (Discovery)

June 2013 - present

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Talent competitions (74 shows)

This classic genre dates to “Star Search,” but it's not just about singing anymore. Among the other types of skills desired by competition shows over the years: skating, dancing, interior design, clothing design, hair styling, cheerleading, food truck-owning. Of all the genres, this one has exploded the most.

Groundbreakers: “American Idol”, “Project Runway”, “America’s Next Top Model”

  • “American Idol”
  • “Project Runway”
  • “America’s Next Top Model”

Flops: “Celebrity Boxing”, “Pussycat Dolls Present”, “Rising Star”

  • “Celebrity Boxing”
  • “Pussycat Dolls Present”
  • “Rising Star”

Did they really air that? “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods”

  • “Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods”

Making the Band (ABC/MTV)

March 2000 - October 2009

Project Greenlight (HBO, Bravo)

December 2001 - present

Celebrity Boxing (Fox)

March 2002 - May 2002

American Idol (Fox)

June 2002 - present

Nashville Star (USA)

March 2003 - August 2008

America's Next Top Model (CW)

May 2003 - present

American Juniors (Fox)

June 2003 - August 2003

Last Comic Standing (NBC)

June 2003 - present

Dream Job (ESPN)

February 2004 - January 2006

Project Runway (Bravo/Lifetime)

December 2004 - present

The Road to Stardom With Missy Elliott (UPN)

January 2005 - March 2005

The Contender (NBC/ESPN)

March 2005 - November 2007

Hell's Kitchen (Fox)

May 2005 - present

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

June 2005 - present

The Next Food Network Star (Food Network)

June 2005 - present

The Cut (CBS)

June 2005 - September 2005

Rock Star: INXS (CBS)

July 2005 - September 2006

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

July 2005 - present

R U the Girl (UPN)

July 2005 - September 2005

Skating With Celebrities (Fox)

January 2006 - March 2006

Top Chef (Bravo)

March 2006 - present

American Inventor (ABC)

March 2006 - August 2007

Janice Dickinson's Modeling Agency (Oxygen)

June 2006 - October 2008

America's Got Talent (NBC)

June 2006 - present

The One: Making a Star (ABC)

July 2006 - July 2006

HGTV Design Star (HGTV)

July 2006 - July 2013

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team (CMT)

September 2006 - present

Grease: You're the One That I Want (NBC)

January 2007 - March 2007

Top Design (Bravo)

January 2007 - November 2008

Pussycat Dolls Present (CW)

March 2007 - April 2007

Sunday Best (BET)

October 2007 - present

The Next Iron Chef (Food Network)

October 2007 - December 2012

Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC)

January 2008 - February 2008

Superstars of Dance (NBC)

January 2008 - January 2009

Make Me a Supermodel (Bravo)

January 2008 - June 2009

America's Next Dance Crew (MTV)

February 2008 - June 2012

I Know My Kid's a Star (VH1)

March 2008 - May 2008

Can You Duet? (CMT)

April 2008 - August 2009

Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV)

June 2008 - July 2008

She's Got the Look (TVLand)

June 2008 - September 2010

Greatest American Dog (CBS)

July 2008 - September 2008

Scream Queens (VH1)

October 2008 - September 2010

Stylista (CW)

October 2008 - December 2008

50 Cent: The Money and the Fame (MTV)

November 2008 - January 2009

Chopped (Food Network)

January 2009 - present

Gone Country (CMT)

January 2009 - March 2009

Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC)

January 2009 - October 2013

P Diddy's Starmaker (MTV)

August 2009 - October 2009

The Sing-Off (NBC)

December 2009 - December 2014

Worst Cooks in America (Food Network)

January 2010 - present

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (Bravo)

June 2010 - December 2011

Cake Wars (Food Network)

June 2010 - December 2013

MasterChef (Fox)

July 2010 - present

Hair Battle Spectacular (Oxygen)

August 2010 - October 2011

The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)

August 2010 - present

Face Off (Syfy)

January 2011 - present

Marcel's Quantum Kitchen (Bravo)

March 2011 - April 2011

CMT's Next Superstar (CMT)

April 2011 - June 2011

The Voice (NBC)

April 2011 - present

Platinum Hit (Bravo)

May 2011 - August 2011

Rocco's Dinner Party (Bravo)

June 2011 - August 2011

The Glee Project (Oxygen)

June 2011 - August 2012

Dance Moms (Lifetime)

July 2011 - present

Majors & Minors (The Hub)

September 2011 - January 2012

The X Factor (Fox)

September 2011 - December 2013

Ink Master (Spike)

January 2012 - present

Fashion Star (NBC)

March 2012 - May 2013

Best Ink (Oxygen)

March 2012 - February 2014

Cheer Perfection (TLC)

December 2012 - October 2013

The Face (Oxygen)

February 2013 - May 2014

Sing Your Face Off (ABC)

May 2014 - June 2014

Rising Star (ABC)

June 2014 - August 2014

Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV)

January 2015 - March 2015

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Dating and love (30 shows)

Well, let's call it “dating” or “love.” After all, does anyone really find a happily-ever-after on these shows? Hey, “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchise is running at a 17 percent success rate at the moment — after 29 seasons combined, five couples are still together.

Groundbreakers: "The Bachelor”, "Temptation Island”, "Millionaire Matchmaker"

  • "The Bachelor”
  • "Temptation Island”
  • "Millionaire Matchmaker"

Flops: "Mr. Personality”, "More to Love”, "A Shot of Love With Tila Tequila"

  • "Mr. Personality”
  • "More to Love”
  • "A Shot of Love With Tila Tequila"

Did they really air that? “Dating in the Dark”

  • “Dating in the Dark”

Temptation Island (Fox)

January 2001 - September 2003

The Bachelor (NBC)

March 2002 - present

Mr. Personality (Fox)

April 2003 - May 2003

For Love or Money (NBC)

June 2003 - August 2004

Paradise Hotel (Fox)

June 2003 - October 2003

Boy Meets Boy (Bravo)

July 2003 - September 2003

Room Raiders (MTV)

October 2003 - February 2009

Next (MTV)

May 2005 - August 2008

Beauty and the Geek (WB, CW)

June 2005 - May 2008

Flavor of Love (VH1)

January 2006 - May 2008

Age of Love (NBC)

June 2007 - August 2007

Rock of Love With Bret Michaels (VH1)

July 2007 - April 2009

Scott Baio Is 45...and Single (VH1)

July 2007 - August 2007

A Shot of Love With Tila Tequila (MTV)

October 2007 - December 2007

Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)

January 2008 - present

Momma's Boys (NBC)

December 2008 - January 2009

For the Love of Ray J (VH1)

February 2009 - February 2010

Dating in the Dark (ABC)

July 20, 2009 - Sep. 13, 2010

More to Love (Fox)

July 2009 - September 2009

Bachelor Pad (ABC)

August 2010 - September 2012

Seducing Cindy (Fox Reality)

January 2010 - March 2010

Omarosa's Ultimate Merger (TV One)

June 2010 - September 2011

Ochocinco's Ultimate Catch (VH1)

July 2010 - September 2010

Love in the Wild (NBC)

June 2011 - July 2012

The Choice (Fox)

June 2012 - July 2012

3 (CBS)

July 2012 - July 2012

Ready for Love (NBC)

April 2013 - June 2013

90 Day Fiance (TLC)

January 2014 - present

Married At First Sight (FYI)

July 2014 - present

Bachelor in Paradise (ABC)

August 2014 - present

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Family (39 shows)

“Crazy family” does not necessarily equal good reality show: That lesson has been proved time and time again. However, if your wacky brood can connect with a greater TV audience, congratulations! You're about to be unbelievably wealthy.

Groundbreakers: “The Osbournes”, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, “Duck Dynasty”

  • “The Osbournes”
  • “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”
  • “Duck Dynasty”

Flops: “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic”, “Living Lohan”, “The Hasselhoffs”

  • “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic”
  • “Living Lohan”
  • “The Hasselhoffs”

Did they really air that? “Rob & Amber: Against the Odds”

  • “Rob & Amber: Against the Odds”

The Osbournes (MTV)

March 2002 - March 2005

Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica (MTV)

August 2003 - March 2005

Growing Up Gotti (A&E)

August 2004 - December 2005

Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (UPN)

May 2005 - June 2005

Hogan Knows Best (VH1)

July 2005 - October 2007

The Girls Next Door (E!)

August 2005 - August 2010

My Fair Brady (VH1)

September 2005 - March 2008

Run's House (MTV)

October 2005 - July 2009

Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E)

August 2006 - July 2012

Rob & Amber: Against the Odds (Fox Reality)

January 2007 - February 2007

Tori & Dean (Oxygen)

March 2007 - January 2012

Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC)

April 2007 - September 2011

Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!)

October 2007 - present

Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (E!)

December 2007 - January 2009

Living Lohan (E!)

May 2008 - July 2008

Luke's Parental Advisory (VH1)

August 2008 - September 2008

19 Kids and Counting (TLC)

September 2008 - present

Coolio's Rules (Oxygen)

October 2008 - December 2008

Table for 12 (TLC)

March 2009 - December 2009

The Little Couple (TLC)

May 2009 - present

Raising Sextuplets (WE tv)

June 2009 - August 2010

Giuliana & Bill (E!)

August 2009 - June 2014

Leave It to Lamas (E!)

October 2009 - November 2009

The Jacksons: Family Dynasty (A&E)

December 2009 - January 2010

Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business (VH1)

April 2010 - February 2011

Harry Loves Lisa (TV Land)

October 2010 - November 2010

The Hasselhoffs (A&E)

December 2010 - December 2010

Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best

January 2011 - May 2014

Tia & Tamera (E!)

August 2011 - September 2013

Duck Dynasty (A&E)

March 2012 - present

Melissa & Tye (CMT)

April 2012 - June 2012

United Bates of America (TLC)

August 2012 - September 2012

Married to Jonas (E!)

August 2012 - May 2013

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)

August 2012 - August 2014

The Houstons: On Our Own (Lifetime)

October 2012 - February 2013

Eric & Jessie: Game On (E!)

September 2013 - present

Chrisley Knows Best (USA)

March 2014 - present

LeAnn & Eddie (VH1)

July 2014 - September 2014

Donnie Loves Jenny (A&E)

January 2015 - present

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Autobiographical (35 shows)

It’s a timeless strategy: Have an image problem? Get your own reality show! (Or “docu-series” if you're feeling fancy.) Unfortunately, only a small percentage of these attempts to restore reputations actually serve the original purpose: More often than not, they're a fascinating study in narcissism and utter cluelessness.

Groundbreakers: “The Anna Nicole Show”, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”, “Being Bobby Brown”

  • “The Anna Nicole Show”
  • “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”
  • “Being Bobby Brown”

Flops: “Hey Paula”, “Kirstie Alley's Big Life”, “Shannen Says”

  • “Hey Paula”
  • “Kirstie Alley's Big Life”
  • “Shannen Says”

Did they really air that? “Tommy Lee Goes to College”

  • “Tommy Lee Goes to College”

The Anna Nicole Show (E!)

August 2002 - October 2004

Chasing Farrah (TV Land)

March 2005 - April 2005

Being Bobby Brown (Bravo)

June 2005 - December 2005

Criss Angel Mindfreak (A&E)

July 2005 - September 2010

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)

August 2005 - August 2010

Tommy Lee Goes to College (NBC, VH1)

August 2005 - September 2005

Breaking Bonaduce (VH1)

September 2005 - December 2006

Hey Paula (Bravo)

June 2007 - July 2007

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane (E!)

August 2007 - March 2011

Denise Richards: It's Complicated (E!)

May 2008 - July 2009

The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo)

September 2008 - April 2013

Jesse James Is a Dead Man (Spike)

May 2009 - August 2009

Kendra (E!)

June 2009 - November 2011

Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design (A&E)

July 2009 - September 2009

Steven Seagal: Lawman (A&E, Reelz)

December 2009 - January 2014

Carnie Wilson: Unstapled (GSN)

January 2010 - March 2010

The Michael Vick Project (BET)

January 2010 - March 2010

Kirstie Alley's Big Life (E!)

March 2010 - May 2010

Bethenny Ever After (Bravo)

June 2010 - May 2012

Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It (VH1)

October 2010 - December 2010

Sarah Palin's Alaska (TLC)

November 2010 - January 2011

Taking On Tyson (Animal Planet)

March 2011 - April 2011

The World According to Paris (Oxygen)

June 2011 - July 2011

La La's Full Court Life (VH1)

August 2011 - July 2014

The Pauly D Project (MTV)

March 2012 - June 2012

Shannen Says (WE tv)

April 2012 - May 2012

Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country (CMT)

April 2012 - June 2012

Kendra on Top (WE tv)

June 2012 - present

Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual (WE tv)

January 2013 - February 2013

Pete Rose: Hits and Mrs.

January 2013 - February 2013

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (E!)

April 2013 - May 2013

Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life (MTV)

April 2013 - December 2013

Lindsay (OWN)

March 2014 - April 2014

Chasing Maria Menounos (Oxygen)

March 2014 - May 2014

True Tori (Lifetime)

April 2014 - June 2014

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Ridiculous people (18 shows)

Step 1: Get a bunch of absurd or volatile people together. Step 2: Give them alcohol. Step 3: Give them a crazy assignment (road trip across the country!) or just follow them around in their natural habitat. Insanity will surely ensue, along with ratings.

Groundbreakers: “The Simple Life”, “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, “Laguna Beach”, “Jersey Shore”

  • “The Simple Life”
  • “The Real Housewives of Orange County”
  • “Laguna Beach”
  • “Jersey Shore”

Flops: "NYC Prep”, "Princesses: Long Island”, "Nashville"

  • "NYC Prep”
  • "Princesses: Long Island”
  • "Nashville"

Did they really air that? “Amish in the City”

  • “Amish in the City”

The Simple Life (Fox, E!)

December 2003 - August 2007

Amish in the City (UPN)

July 2004 - September 2004

Laguna Beach (MTV)

September 2004 - November 2006

The Princes of Malibu (Fox)

July 2005 - July 2005

The Real Housewives (Bravo)

March 2006 - present

The Hills (MTV)

May 2006 - July 2010

Nashville (Fox)

September 2007 - September 2007

NYC Prep (Bravo)

June 2009 - August 2009

Jersey Shore (MTV)

December 2009 - December 2012

The Real L Word (Showtime)

June 2010 - September 2012

Most Eligible Dallas (Bravo)

August 2011 - October 2011

Breaking Amish (TLC)

September 2012 - present

Buckwild (MTV)

January 2013 - Feb. 2013

Preachers' Daughters (Lifetime)

March 2013 - present

Princesses: Long Island (Bravo)

June 2013 - August 2013

Party Down South (CMT)

January 2014 - present

Blood, Sweat & Heels (Bravo)

January 2014 - present

Southern Charm (Bravo)

March 2014 - present

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Life improvement (28 shows)

This is generally the only reality show genre where you're likely to cry at the end — in a good way, and not weeping for humanity. Of all the types of shows, these are likely to last the longest.

Groundbreakers: “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, “The Biggest Loser”

  • “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
  • “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
  • “The Biggest Loser”

Flops: “Charm School”, “Shedding for the Wedding”, “Tool Academy”

  • “Charm School”
  • “Shedding for the Wedding”
  • “Tool Academy”

Did they really air that? “The Swan”

  • “The Swan”

What Not to Wear (TLC)

January 2003 - October 2013

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo)

July 2003 - October 2007

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

December 2003 - December 2012

Pimp My Ride (MTV)

March 2004 - May 2007

The Swan (Fox)

April 2004 - December 2004

Supernanny (ABC)

July 2004 - September 2012

The Biggest Loser (NBC)

October 2004 - present

Celebrity Fit Club (VH1)

January 2005 - April 2010

Intervention (A&E)

March 2005 - July 2013

Dress My Nest (Style)

March 2007 - June 2009

Charm School (VH1)

April 2007- July 2009

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH1)

January 2008 - November 2012

Tool Academy (VH1)

January 2009 - April 2010

16 and Pregnant (MTV)

June 2009 - present

Dance Your Ass Off (Oxygen)

June 2009 - August 2010

Hoarders (A&E, Lifetime)

August 2009 - present

Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew (VH1)

November 2009 - December 2009

Teen Mom (MTV)

December 2009 - August 2012

Addicted (TLC, Discovery Fit & Health)

March 2010 - August. 2012

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)

March 2010 - June 2011

Losing It With Jillian (NBC)

June 2010 - July 2010

Plain Jane (CW)

July 2010 - December 2011

Shedding For the Wedding (CW)

February 2011 - April 2011

Extreme Weight Loss (ABC)

May 2011 - present

Bar Rescue (Spike)

July 2011 - June 2014

Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn (VH1, WE tv)

March 2012 - present

Marriage Boot Camp (WE tv)

May 2013 - present

Botched (E!)

June 2014 - present

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Businesses and careers (44 shows)

“Let's follow a bunch of tow trucks with cameras and see what happens!” A lame-sounding pitch sure, but actually . . . pretty fascinating once you watch. Same goes for storage locker auctions; salons; wedding dress stores; ice road trucking; and other ordinary businesses that lead to a fascinating study in humanity.

Groundbreakers: “Deadliest Catch”, “Say Yes to the Dress”, “Pawn Stars”

  • “Deadliest Catch”
  • “Say Yes to the Dress”
  • “Pawn Stars”

Flops: “Kell on Earth”, “Chicagolicious”, “My Big Friggin’ Wedding”

  • “Kell on Earth”
  • “Chicagolicious”
  • “My Big Friggin’ Wedding”

Did they really air that? “Nail Files”

  • “Nail Files”

Blow Out (Bravo)

June 2004 - September 2006

Deadliest Catch (Discovery)

April 2005 - present

Dirty Jobs (Discovery)

July 2005 - September 2012

Man vs. Wild (Discovery)

October 2006 - November 2011

Shear Genius (Bravo)

April 2007 - April 2010

Sunset Tan (E!)

May 2007 - September 2008

Ice Road Truckers (History)

June 2007 - present

LA Ink (TLC)

August 2007 - September 2011

Say Yes to the Dress (TLC)

October 2007 - present

Parking Wars (A&E)

January 2008 - December 2012

My Big Redneck Wedding (CMT)

January 2008 - March 2011

Ax Men (History)

March 2008 - present

Operation Repo (truTV)

March 2008 - Feb. 2014

Black Gold (truTV)

June 2008 - present

Tabatha's Salon Takeover (Bravo)

August 2008 - June 2013

Whale Wars (Animal Planet)

November 2008 - present

The Exterminators (A&E)

February 2009 - December 2012

Cake Boss (TLC)

April 2009 - present

Pawn Stars (History)

July 2009 - present

Police Women of Broward County (TLC)

October 2009 - February 2011

Private Chefs of Beverly Hills (Bravo)

December 2009 - February 2011

American Pickers (History)

January 2010 - present

Kell on Earth (Bravo)

February 2010 - March 2010

Jerseylicious (Style)

March 2010 - June 2013

Jersey Couture (Oxygen)

June 2010 - March 2012

DC Cupcakes (TLC)

July 2010 - March 2014

Hardcore Pawn (truTV)

August 2010 - present

Swamp People (History)

August 2010 - present

My Big Friggin' Wedding (VH1)

November 2010 - Jan. 2011

Auction Hunters (Spike)

November 2010 - May 2015

Storage Wars (A&E)

December 2010 - present

Gold Rush (Discovery)

December 2010 - present

Airline Repo (Discovery)

December 2010 - present

Sons of Guns (Discovery)

January 2011 - May 2014

Lizard Lick Towing (truTV)

February 2011 - August 2014

Nail Files (TVGN)

June 2011 - present

South Beach Tow (truTV)

July 2011 - present

Bering Sea Gold (Discovery)

January 2012 - present

Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)

March 2012 - present

Chicagolicious (Style)

June 2012 - January 2013

Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)

January 2013 - present

Gypsy Sisters (TLC)

February 2013 - present

Below Deck (Bravo)

July 2013 - present

Crazy Hearts: Nashville (A&E)

January 2014 - March 2014

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Hidden camera and trickery (8 shows)

“Candid Camera” first aired in 1948, so embarrassing people on TV is nothing new, but producers will always have too many ideas about how to humiliate people in different and exciting ways.

Groundbreakers: “Joe Millionaire”, “Punk'd”, “Undercover Boss”

  • “Joe Millionaire”
  • “Punk'd”
  • “Undercover Boss”

Flops: “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance”, “The Joe Schmo Show”, “Howie Do It”

  • “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance”
  • “The Joe Schmo Show”
  • “Howie Do It”

Did they really air that? “I Wanna Marry Harry”

  • “I Wanna Marry Harry”

Joe Millionaire (Fox)

January 2003 - Nov. 24, 2003

Punk'd (MTV)

March 2003 - present

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (Fox)

January 2004 - February 2004

Secret Millionaire (Fox, ABC)

December 2008 - September 2013

Howie Do It (NBC)

January 2009 -May 2009

I Get That a Lot (CBS)

April 2009 - January 2013

Undercover Boss (CBS)

February 2010 - present

I Wanna Marry Harry (Fox)

May 2014 - June 2014

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Wives (9 shows)

There is virtually only one show about husbands (BET's “The Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and it's a parody.

Groundbreakers: “Trading Spouses”, “Wife Swap”

  • “Trading Spouses”
  • “Wife Swap”

Flops: “Ex Wives Club”

  • “Ex Wives Club”

Did they really air that? “Starter Wives Confidential”

  • “Starter Wives Confidential”

Trading Spouses (Fox)

July 2004 - May 2007

Wife Swap (ABC)

September 2004 - present

Ex-Wives Club (ABC)

May 2007 - June 2007

Basketball Wives (VH1)

April 2010 - Oct. 2013

Sister Wives (TLC)

September 2010 - present

Football Wives (VH1)

October 2010 - Dec. 2010

Baseball Wives (VH1)

November 2011 - January 2012

Hollywood Exes (VH1)

June 2012 - July 2014

Starter Wives Confidential (TLC)

January 2013 - February 2013

Correction: The graphic previously stated that CBS airs “The Bachelor.” This has now been corrected to NBC.

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