10 Worst Reality Shows of All Time

Let's face it: reality shows are not the most creative television programming in the world. Most of them are either boring or brainmelting. But every once in a while, a reality airs that is so bad, so horrible, it makes you want to throw your TV out of your window and weep for humanity. The following ten shows have achieved just that.
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1.
The Hills (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
After high school graduation, "Laguna Beach" alumna Lauren sets out to live on her own in Los Angeles and work as an intern at Teen Vogue. (30 mins.)
“ Not all reality shows are about competition. Some of them are about nothing at all. The Hills is 30 long minutes watching Valley Girls and Valley Guys do nothing but complain, party, and argue. ” - tswimmer
 
2.
Flavor of Love (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Flavor flay is on the hunt to find his dream girl! Join him and his female contestants on a show full of laughs and raw chicken. (60 mins.)
Director: Robert Sizemore
“ Remember when vh1 used to be about adult contemporary music? That seemed like eons ago. Since then, Flavor of Love is just one of many craptastic reality shows that have aired on this channel. ” - tswimmer
 
3.
The Swan (2004 TV Series)
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A reality show about an ugly duckling turned beautiful swan, only it's a woman giving herself a physical makeover with plastic surgery, to compete in a beauty pageant. (60 mins.)
“ Take 17 women who look perfectly fine. Call them ugly ducklings. Have them undergo several plastic surgeries and a strict workout routine in an attempt to make them "Swans." Have one of them be called the most beautiful. Narcissicm at its worst. ” - tswimmer
 
4.
The Bachelor (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find his true love. (60 mins.)
“ When you think about it, the concept is rather silly. Since when is true love found in one month? There's a reason this show has a zero percent success rate. ” - tswimmer
 
5.
Frank the Entertainer in a Basement Affair (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A dating show featuring Frank "the Entertainer" Maresca, a former contestant on other reality series, whose goal is to find love and move out of his parents' basement. (60 mins.)
“ Hey ladies, who wants to compete with 15 other women for a thirty-something guido living in his parents' basement? ” - tswimmer
 
6.
Must Love Cats (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
John Fulton travels the United States writing and singing songs for and about cats. And anyone who does that must love cats.
“ It's about cat people. Where's the show for dog lovers? Or fish lovers? Or hamster lovers? ” - tswimmer
 
7.
Jersey Shore (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A reality-based look at the vapid lives of several New Jersey 20-somethings and their respective friends and/or hook-ups. (40 mins.)
“ After a while, you begin to think this show is about adults who never learned to use the toilet correctly. ” - tswimmer
 
8.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Another installment of Bravo's "The Real Housewives" reality show. In this series, they focus on housewives living in New Jersey. (44 mins.)
“ Using the term "real" is kind of stretching it. It seems that in each Housewives series (I believe there are seven now) there's always one wife who starts a music career. It's also an opportunity to watch bad parenting in action. ” - tswimmer
 
9.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
A peek inside the exploits and privileged private lives of the blended Kardashian-Jenner family, including sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé. (44 mins.)
“ So it's about the family of the girl who made the sex tape with the football player? And it's been on for four years? And it's created two spin-offs? Truth really is stranger than fiction. ” - tswimmer
 
10.
American Idol (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete... (42 mins.)
“ Perhaps no other reality show has had a bigger impact than American Idol...or so we think. This "amatuer search" is little more than a karaoke contest among 24 Hollywood hopefuls; most of them planted there by the producers. Out of the several hundred semifinalists over the years, maybe 5 are still relevant. This show is little more than a way to crush peoples' dreams into the earth. ” - tswimmer