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Top 10 Reality Shows That Need to Be Canceled

VO: Lisa Yang WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
Script written by Caitlin Johnson Whether these shows have been on too long or simply getting old, we think it’s time to hang up the towel and call it a day. We’ve included shows like “Catfish: The TV Show”, “The Challenge”, “Cheaters” and “Pawn Stars”.
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Top 10 Reality TV Shows That Need To Be Cancelled


Peak reality TV is behind us. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Reality TV Shows That Need To Be Cancelled.



For this list, we’re looking at both reality shows that are just plain awful, and ones which have been on for way too long.




#10: “Catfish: The TV Show” (2012-)




In 2010, a documentary was released that touched on a serious issue: catfishing. In fact, before “Catfish” came out, that term wasn’t even a thing! The idea of being able to personify someone completely different online in order to manipulate people in a variety of ways is a real problem in society, so it’s no surprise that the film spawned an MTV reality show. The thing is, though, this concept is a little tired, with more and more people becoming savvy to the types of scams you typically encounter online. “Catfish: The TV Show” has been on since 2012, and honestly, it has run its course.




#9: “The Challenge” (1998-)




If you’re a reality TV devotee, there’s probably a lot to love in this show. “The Challenge,” formerly known as both “Road Rules: All Stars” and “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” brings former contestants from a bunch of different reality shows together to compete against one another for a monetary prize. It combines elements from different shows like “Real World,” “Big Brother,” and others, and let’s be honest, this was never quality television. 2018, however, marks the twentieth year running that this has been on the air, and we have to wonder, who even watches this sort of thing?




#8: “I Love Kellie Pickler” (2015-)



Aside from the really obvious mega hits, shows that focus on the private lives of minor celebrities have gone out of vogue since the early aughts. Does anyone really care what Kellie Pickler is up to? We mean, she didn’t even win “American Idol,” she came in 6th! Somehow, though, CMT has been airing “I Love Kellie Pickler” since the fall of 2015 and shows no signs of stopping. Every episode focuses on the country singer and her relationship with her husband, Kyle Jacobs. The thing is... nothing interesting ever really happens.




#7: “Marriage Boot Camp” (2013-)



The show “Bridezillas” struck fear into the hearts of newly engaged couples when it first aired in 2004, but by 2013 the concept was winding down and its creators decided to create a spinoff focused on the next step: married life. “Marriage Boot Camp” began as being directly related to cast members of “Bridezillas,” but after several seasons switched things up to include couples from other reality TV shows. The show is pretty much exactly what you’d expect - filled with drama for drama’s sake. Each season ends with couples deciding whether to make things work or break up, and we think it’s time to end our relationship with this show.




#6: “Pawn Stars” (2009-)




We know, we know, your dad loves this show, and when it first premiered on The History Channel back in 2009, we have to admit the concept seemed pretty entertaining. It follows the Harrison family and their Las Vegas business, World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. It could have made for a decent miniseries, but this many years in, it gets pretty old watching the family snarkily reject items again and again. The haggling is tired, the Harrisons are irritating, and overall this format is just plain tired.




#5: “Sister Wives” (2010-)




Back in 2010, the idea of polygamy was titillating enough that this show brought in audiences just on its concept alone. Who wouldn’t want to watch the inner workings of a man with multiple wives? But in our modern times, nearly a decade later, the idea of polyamorous relationships has become more pervasive in society and it isn’t something that shocks and awes as much as it once did. We get it, we get it, polygamous families are just like us! But at this point, we’ve seen enough of this one.





#4: “Famously Single” (2016-)




E! has produced some great television shows... and some really bad ones. “Famously Single” definitely falls into the latter category. You know just from the basic details of the show that this is not going to be any high-minded stuff: B and C (and D) list celebrities who are famous for being perpetually single are put in a house together to work out their issues. As you can imagine, they pack in the drama in any way they can, trying to get the participants to meet people in a variety of different ways, either with “normal” people outside the house or, of course, with each other.




#3: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (2007-)




Love them or hate them, the Kardashians have undeniably influenced pop culture in countless ways, and have also left us thinking about the concept of celebrity in whole new ways. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” made huge stars out of many of its participants, spawning seemingly endless spin-offs in the process. But at this point, the show has lost much of what made it enticing to begin with. No part of it seems at all based in reality anymore, and in the age of social media, seeing events take place months after we hear about them is just plain dull.




#2: “Swamp People” (2010-)




There are many different categories of reality shows out there. There are competition shows, there are shows focused on celebrity, and of course there are the shows that hook you in just based on showing you something that is so bizarre you can’t look away. “Swamp People,” if you couldn’t guess from the name alone, is one of those shows. It follows alligator hunters in Louisiana during the very short hunting season each year. While the show may have been exciting back in 2010, after many years we’ve kind of realized that it always kind of stays the same, with each episode barely distinguishable from the last.




#1: “Naked and Afraid” (2013-)




When “Naked and Afraid” premiered in 2013, it was a novel and laughable concept that seemed like it couldn’t possibly sustain itself for more than a season. However, one critic actually called it the "best reality show on television" in 2015. We won’t deny that it’s worth watching at least one episode if for nothing else than to see the ridiculousness of the premise play out. Once you’ve seen an episode, though, you’ve kind of seen them all, because nothing really changes week after week.

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