The End of the 00s: The 348 Best Reality Television Shows of the 00s, In Order, by Jon Caramanica

GET TO WORK, KIDS348. The Girls Next Door
347. I Want to Be A Hilton
346. Denise Richards: It’s Complicated
345. Armed & Famous
344. That’s Amore!
343. Joe Schmo 2
342. Homeland Security USA
341. Jockeys
340. Hit Me, Baby, One More Time
339. Fame
338. On the Lot
337. America’s Next Top Model (season 2)
336. The Real World: Philadelphia
335. The Apprentice (season 5)
334. Kill Reality
333. Driving Force
332. Tori & Dean: Inn Love
331. The Little Couple
330. Nashville Star (season 6)
329. The Real Housewives of Orange County
328. Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll
327. Superstar USA
326. Airline
325. The It Factor
324. American Juniors
323. Viva Hollywood!
322. DietTribe
321. Family Business
320. The Bachelor (season 11)
319. Ax Men
318. I Wanna Be A Soap Star
317. Hey Paula
316. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
315. American Idol (season 8)
314. The Law Firm
313. R U The Girl?
312. Gone Too Far
311. Survivor: The Australian Outback
310. Invasion Iowa
309. A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila
308. Are You Hot?
307. Pageant Place
306. Grease: You’re The One That I Want
305. Dancelife
304. Farmer Wants A Wife
303. The Principal’s Office
302. Average Joe: Hawaii
301. Chasing Farrah
300. Combat Missions
299. Your Mama Don’t Dance
298. Survivor: Borneo
297. Rock of Love: Charm School
296. Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
295. Flipping Out
294. He’s A Lady
293. Looking for Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska
292. The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty
291. Gone Country (season 3)
290. America’s Most Talented Kid (season 1)
289. Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew (season 1)
288. Extreme Makeover
287. Confessions of a Matchmaker
286. The Surreal Life (season 4)
285. Pitchmen
284. A Double Shot at Love
283. The Biggest Loser: Second Chances
282. The Restaurant
281. College Hill (season 1)
280. Frontier House
279. American Loggers
278. Househusbands of Hollywood
277. The Next Food Network Star (season 4)
276. Last Comic Standing
275. Three Wishes
274. Flavor of Love 2
273. Ruby
272. 18 Kids & Counting
271. Dancing with the Stars (season 6)
270. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno
269. Celebrity Fit Club (season 4)
268. Beauty and the Geek (season 1)
267. The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency
266. Life of Ryan
265. Who Wants To Be A Superhero? (season 2)
264. The Bachelorette (season 1)
263. The Anna Nicole Show
262. Top Chef: Las Vegas (season 6)
261. Making the Band: O-Town
260. Age of Love
259. American Chopper
258. Baldwin Hills
257. Celebrity Mole: Yucatan
256. Big Brother 10
255. True Beauty
254. The Agency
253. The Bachelor: London Calling
252. The Biggest Loser: Families
251. Work Out
250. Mad Mad House
249. Sunset Tan
248. Outback Jack
247. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
246. Transamerican Love Story
245. Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew
244. I Want to Work for Diddy (season 1)
243. The Next Food Network Star (season 2)
242. My Fair Brady
241. Dr. 90210
240. Oprah’s Big Give
239. Rich Girls
238. Mr. Personality
237. Man Vs. Wild
236. Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School
235. Boot Camp
234. The Joe Schmo Show
233. Kendra
232. For Love or Money
231. WWF Tough Enough (season 1)
230. The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom
229. The Contender 2
228. Dog the Bounty Hunter
227. Dream Job (season 3)
226. Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami
225. The Family
224. Luke’s Parental Advisory
223. The Real World: Sydney
222. The Ashlee Simpson Show
221. Last Comic Standing 4
220. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (season 2)
219. ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme
218. Varsity Inc.
217. Trick My Truck
216. Rock of Love with Bret Michaels (season 2)
215. The Cut
214. The Real Housewives of New York City
213. Boy Meets Boy
212. Road Rules: Campus Crawl
211. Deadliest Catch
210. The Moment of Truth
209. Running in Heels
208. Date My Ex: Jo & Slade
207. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2
206. The Amazing Race 2
205. Living Lohan
204. Million Dollar Listing
203. Celebrity Fit Club (season 5)
202. Bands on the Run
201. Dice Undisputed
200. Supernanny
199. Tool Academy (season 1)
198. Daisy of Love
197. The Fashionista Diaries
196. Making News: Texas Style
195. Tabatha’s Salon Takeover
194. Survivor: Tocantins
193. RuPaul’s Drag Race
192. Celebrity Mole: Hawaii
191. Dancing with the Stars (season 3)
190. The Search for the Funniest Mom in America (season 2)
189. College Hill (season 4)
188. Scott Baio is 45… And Single
187. The First 48
186. Making the Band 3
185. Hopkins
184. Shear Genius (season 1)
183. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel 2
182. I Love Money (season 1)
181. I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (season 2)
180. The Amazing Race 11
179. The Gastineau Girls
178. The Assistant
177. Fraternity Life
176. Survivor: All-Stars
175. Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
174. Blow Out
173. Dance Your Ass Off
172. America’s Most Smartest Model
171. Trading Spouses
170. Celebrity Fit Club (season 1)
169. The Bachelor: Paris
168. The Mole (season 1)
167. Jon & Kate Plus 8
166. The Bachelor (season 1)
165. Brat Camp
164. Skating With Celebrities
163. The Real World: Paris
162. She’s Got The Look (season 2)
161. Little People, Big World
160. I’m From Rolling Stone
159. Big Brother 11
158. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
157. For the Love of Ray J (season 1)
156. Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling
155. The Amazing Race 4
154. The Biggest Loser (season 2)
153. The Contender
152. The Bad Girls Club (season 3)
151. Gay, Straight or Taken?
150. Average Joe
149. America’s Next Top Model (season 3)
148. Run’s House
147. Toughest Cowboy (season 1)
146. The Real World: New Orleans
145. The Apprentice (season 1)
144. Real Chance of Love (season 1)
143. High School Reunion (season 1)
142. America’s Next Top Model (season 13)
141. The Amazing Race 7
140. The Fashion Show
139. Big Brother 7: All-Stars
138. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (season 1)
137. The Bachelor (season 4)
136. Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels
135. The Bad Girls Club (season 2)
134. America’s Got Talent (season 2)
133. Beauty and the Geek (season 2)
132. America’s Next Top Model (season 7)
131. A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila
130. Top Chef (season 2)
129. #1 Single
128. Big Brother 4
127. American Idol (season 6)
126. High School Reunion (season 2)
125. T.I.’s Road To Redemption
124. The Simple Life
123. Under One Roof
122. Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave
121. Dancing with the Stars (season 2)
120. Monster Garage
119. Parking Wars
118. Intervention
117. Temptation Island
116. The Rachel Zoe Project
115. The Real World: Las Vegas
114. $1,000,000 Tough Enough
113. Paris Hilton’s My New BFF (season 1)
112. Engaged and Underage
111. Wildboyz
110. Make Me A Supermodel (season 1)
109. Paradise Hotel
108. NYC Prep
107. Survivor: Samoa
106. From G’s to Gents (season 1)
105. Brooke Knows Best
104. Celebrity Rap Superstar
103. Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?
102. HGTV Design Star (season 2)
101. Britney & Kevin: Chaotic
100. The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search
99. Swords: Life on the Line
98. Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge
97. Joe Millionaire
96. Nashville Star (season 5)
95. Dream Job (season 1)
94. Bromance
93. The Real World: Hollywood
92. Growing Up Gotti
91. Teen Mom
90. Models of the Runway
89. More To Love
88. Strange Love
87. Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites
86. I Love New York (season 2)
85. Giuliana & Bill
84. Top Design (season 1)
83. Flavor of Love
82. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons
81. The Cougar
80. The Osbournes
79. The Millionaire Matchmaker
78. Starting Over
77. King of Cars
76. The Starlet
75. Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
74. Nashville Star (season 1)
73. So You Think You Can Dance? (season 2)
72. ego trip’s The (White) Rapper Show
71. Breaking Bonaduce
70. College Life
69. Viva La Bam
68. The Two Coreys
67. Stylista
66. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat
65. Megan Wants A Millionaire
64. The Bachelor (season 13)
63. The Surreal Life (season 2)
62. Big Brother 2
61. Two-A-Days
60. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II
59. Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica
58. Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew (season 3)
57. American Idol (season 1)
56. Project Greenlight (season 2)
55. Project Runway (season 3)
54. Making the Band 4
53. The Hills
52. Meet the Barkers
51. The Pick-Up Artist
50. Pimp My Ride
49. American Inventor (season 1)
48. Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes
47. Adventures in Hollyhood
46. Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods
45. Project Runway (season 2)
44. Confessions of a Teen Idol
43. The Real Housewives of New Jersey
42. Hoarders
41. Can You Duet? (season 1)
40. American Candidate
39. Gone Country (season 1)
38. The Locator
37. The Real Housewives of Atlanta
36. Black. White.
35. Top Chef (season 3)
34. Wife Swap
33. The Scholar
32. The Bachelorette (season 4)
31. Jersey Shore
30. The Amazing Race 6
29. The Celebrity Apprentice (season 1)
28. Greatest American Dog
27. Punk’d
26. The Player
25. Survivor: Cook Islands
24. So You Think You Can Dance? (season 4)
23. The Paper
22. I Know My Kid’s A Star
21. My Super Sweet 16
20. Beauty and the Geek (season 3)
19. I Love New York (season 1)
18. American Idol (season 5)
17. Big Brother 5
16. Jackass
15. The Amazing Race 12
14. The City
13. Big Brother 8
12. 16 & Pregnant
11. 30 Days
10. America’s Next Top Model (season 8)
9. Making the Band 2
8. Amish in the City
7. Being Bobby Brown
6. Made
5. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
4. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
3. American Idol (season 2)
2. Kid Nation
1. The Bachelorette (season 5)

(The worst is Ace of Cakes, by the way.)


Jon Caramanica writes about popular music for the New York Times but manages to watch a lot of TV.