The Kardashian family has found a new home on Hulu, with their latest reality show, aptly named The Kardashiansreplacing old favorite Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The beloved KUWK cemented the family’s place as pop culture icons, keeping fans entertained from 2007 all the way through the 2010s.
Many fan-favorite long-term reality shows thrived in the 2010s. While shows like KUWK, Survivor, and 90 Day Fiancé kept may not have much in common, they have managed to maintain a strong fan base due to their entertaining premises. Viewers love both the history of these shows and the cast members that have made them watching. Fans have even taken to Ranker to vote for the best reality shows of the 2010s.
Note: Ranker lists are fan-voted, live, and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
10 Chopped (2009-)
Chopped features four chefs that must compete in different rounds to put their culinary skills to the test in front of highly acclaimed chefs. Each chef goes above and beyond to master the perfect course to win $ 10,000 and the challenge comes from how well they prepare each meal with just a few ingredients.
The series, which is equal parts entertaining and informative, gained its popularity during the 2010s because of the unique way each chef presents their meals. It’s impressive to see how challenging it can get to come up with certain recipes, and viewers get an insight into difficult cooking techniques that they might not get anywhere else. The series continues to air on the Food Network and has been around for a whopping 52 seasons.
9 RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-)
This award-winning series features a group of drag queens competing in challenges to win a cash prize and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar. RuPaul’s Drag Race is one of the best LGBTQ + shows to stream right now.
The reality show has been a big hit with fans for 14 seasons and continues to thrive, providing plenty of memorable contestants and hilarious moments throughout the years. Its popularity stems from the positive portrayal of the drag world and the wider LGBTQ + community, regularly highlighting the queen’s backstories in between the dazzling fashion and drama. It has been great for representation and allows the viewer insight into the talent and hard work that goes into drag.
8 Keeping Up With The Kardashians (2007-2021)
Keeping Up With The Kardashians follows the Kardashian family and their life in the spotlight as they face the struggles of being mega-celebrities in the 21st century. The show deals with both their personal and professional dramas, which has kept fans engaged season after season.
The Kardashians have faced many highs and lows and continue to make headlines. The series allowed viewers to get to know the real versions of the Kardashian women, even the more negative sides, which helped the family keep their stronghold on popular culture in the 2010s. With heaps of drama but some unexpectedly funny and wholesome family moments, it’s no surprise KUWK still has a place in fans’ hearts.
7 90 Day Fiancé (2014-)
90 Day Fiancé follows multiple couples as they hardships in their long-distance relationships. They must adapt to different cultures and decide whether or not they truly want to get married.
Viewers tune in for this series because of how well it captures real people dealing with relationship problems. It is a guilty pleasure that has even sparked spin-off shows, including 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After and 90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk. Due to the nature of the show and cultural differences between couples and their families, there are plenty of outrageous and unexpected moments that border on soap opera territory. The show offers an intimate look at relatable relationships that are often messy and complicated and it does not gloss over the difficulties the couples face, which is likely why it is so popular among Ranker voters.
6 The Voice (2011-)
The Voice is about different teams of aspiring singers coached by notable musicians to win a cash prize and a record deal. One of the biggest draws of the show is the celebrity judges, which have included Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and singing superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Ariana Grande.
The Voice is far from the first singing competition show, but its unique audition process, where the judges choose their contestants purely based on vocal talent and not appearances, captured audiences’ attention in the 2010s. Getting to see the many back and forth moments between the celebrity coaches as they vie for their favorite singers is also a highlight of the show.
5 Shark Tank (2009-)
On Shark Tankhopefuls present a business idea to a panel of judges to get them to invest in their businesses. Shark Tank has produced many successful products, and this continues to be a big draw for would-be entrepreneurs both appearing on and watching the show.
Featuring innovative products, endearing entrepreneurs, and high-stakes bidding wars, Shark Tank was one of the most talked-about reality shows during the 2010s. The series has been a stepping stone for future business people and has provided a great learning opportunity for viewers at home as well.
4 The Great British Bake-Off (2010-)
A group of bakers competes in a series of themed challenges each week to impress the judges on The Great British Bake Off.
The family-friendly baking show has been entertaining audiences for over 10 years now, with regular series and celebrity specials for Stand Up To Cancer. The series never takes itself too seriously, with fun and heartwarming moments as the amateur bakers support one another even as they go head to head. Despite some controversial GBBO eliminations that fans will always remember, the show’s laidback atmosphere, especially when compared to other drama-filled reality shows, is what has kept fans engaged.
3 The Real Housewives Of Atlanta (2008-)
Part of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, The Real Housewives of Atlanta follows a group of glamorous women living in Atlanta, GA. They share everything with the world from their rocky marriages to their budding businesses.
Over the years, the series has provided plenty of entertainment and hilarious moments, making it one of the best. Real Housewives series, to date. There is never a dull moment with storylines that cover frenemies, infidelity, business ventures, and so much more besides. Viewers have admired the luxury and lifestyle as well as the entertainment the real housewives provide.
2 Undercover Boss (2010-)
Undercover Boss follows an unassuming CEO as they go undercover and experience the day-to-day duties of their own business. They learn about the people behind the scenes and even learn their emotional backstories.
Undercover Boss is an unexpected gem due to its heartfelt exploration of class and the realities of life for working people in America. The show is as eye-opening for the audience as it is for the CEOs and viewers watch as the bosses undergo a transformation as they understand more about their employees’ lives. However, what really keeps viewers watching until the end of the episode is the generous company giveaways featured on Undercover Boss.
1 Survivor (2000-)
A group of castaways competes in challenges with unpredictable weather conditions on an island to win a million dollars in Survivor. They must learn how to live and work alongside other individuals and how to survive with limited resources.
Although Survivor aired throughout the early 2000s, it also managed to successfully shift into the 2010s. This social experiment-centered series progressed as the contestants and society as a whole progressed, evolving to remain fresh while also keeping the elements that fans love so much. The series also kept up its premise of challenges and twists by using strategy, physical, and social skills that fans spend their time analyzing.
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