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Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Best Reality TV Shows Of 2005

December 27, 2005 12:18 AM by Joe Blackmon

The Year 2005 proved to be another great year for reality TV.  Sure there were a fair share of notable reality TV flops during the year which brought out the standard media declarations of the death of reality TV, but there were also enough reality TV hits to prove that the reality TV genre of television isn’t going away any time soon.  The fact is there will always be reality TV shows just like there will always be situation comedy shows.

Reality TV Magazine has selected their Top Ten Reality TV Shows of 2005.  The list includes a mix of returning reality TV franchises and brand new reality TV shows. 

Top Ten Reality TV Shows of 2005

1. American Idol 4
2. Dancing With The Stars
3. Big Brother 6
4. Amazing Race 7
5. Kill Reality
6. Breaking Bonaduce
7. The Apprentice 4
8. Rock Star: INXS
9. The Contender
10. Hell’s Kitchen

Topping the list is none other than American Idol 4.  Fox executives initially tried to lower ratings expectations for the fourth season, but it turns out that they shouldn’t have worried.  American Idol 4 was packed with more talent than ever before and became a water cooler topic of conversation for the first half of 2005. 

Second on our list is the Summer hit Dancing With The Stars.  While the jury is still out on whether this show will be just a one hit wonder or will go on to become a reality TV franchise, the showdown between John O’ Hurley and Kelly Monaco proved to be one of the most interesting reality TV contests of the year. 

Third on our list is another Summer favorite.  The war between the Sovereign Six and The Friendship made Big Brother 6 the most vicious but yet entertaining edition of Big Brother ever. 

For the Amazing Race, it was the best of times and the worst of times.  While the Amazing Race 8 Family Edition might have been a letdown to many fans, The Amazing Race 7 succeeded in adding a whole new dimension to the game.  Whether you loved them or hated them, Rob & Amber certainly made things interesting.  Amazing Race 7 earned the number four spot, while Amazing Race 8 belongs on another list.

Numbers five and six on our list might be labeled as guilty pleasures by some.  Kill Reality brought back some of our favorite reality TV stars and put them in a Project Greenlight meets Real World type of show that proved to be shocking and hilarious.  Along the same lines, Breaking Bonaduce was another surprise hit that was hard to turn away from.  Who knew watching a former child actor self-destruct could be so entertaining?

Numbers seven and eight both started off slow but finished with a bang.  We thought that Donald Trump was going to offer up another boring and predictable season of The Apprentice until he started his mass firings.  Then to cap it all off, Randal pulled one of the biggest shockers ever on the finale by nixing Trump’s double-hiring plan.  Likewise, Rock Star INXS was a snooze fest for the first couple of weeks, but then the likes of J.D. Fortune, Marty Casey, MiG Ayesa, and Jordis Unga got the show rocking.  By the finale, we were crossing our fingers and hoping that another version of the show would be back next Summer.

Numbers nine and ten are two more new shows.  Despite the fact that it struggled in the ratings, The Contender was a well-made reality TV show.  We’re glad to see that it finally found a new home on ESPN.  Hell’s Kitchen was also a surprisingly well-made new show.  Chef Gordon Ramsay proved to be the Simon Cowell of the kitchen and put more drama into a cooking competition than we ever thought possible.

Probably the most notable absence from our Top Ten list is Survivor.  This isn’t to say that we didn’t enjoy both 2005 editions of what is still one of the highest rated reality shows on television, but there were just too many franchises offering up their best seasons ever and new shows that deserved recognition that Survivor got pushed farther and farther down the list.  Survivor Palau and Survivor Guatemala would have probably landed in the eleventh and twelfth spots if we had made the list longer.  The Biggest Loser, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Project Runway, Beauty and the Geek, and America’s Next Top Model were also shows that we felt should have been included if the list had been a little longer.

Do you agree or disagree with our Top Ten list?  What other shows would you have added to the list?  What shows do you think don’t belong on the list?

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19 Responses to “Reality TV Magazine’s Top Ten Best Reality TV Shows Of 2005”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 11:30 am

    I just want to know who the heck was it that you polled?? # 5 Kill Reality…I mean ‘cmon now…Let’s get “REAL”…

  2. Anonymous Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 3:49 pm

    I agree. Kill Reality is not worthy… nor is Breaking Bonaduce.
    Who picked these?

  3. delicia Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 4:20 pm

    There is no way kill reality was over the Apprentice 4 i mean who watched kill reality and who was watching the Breaking whatever show. My favorite by far was Big Brother 6

  4. Anonymous Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 7:00 pm

    There is no comparison between Rock Star INXS and American Idol. Rock Star had professional, not amateur performers; judges who gave constructive criticism and treated the performers with respect; and performers who really grew and stretched themselves.

    American Idol is karaoke night and watching the aftermath – Bo Bice being derocked and becoming a marginal pop singer was truly depressing. What has happened to music in our country?

    Musicians and performers should be encouraged to maintain their musical integrity and not be recast into the AI mold.

    Hats off to Mark Burnett for doing a show with integrity. He pulled it off this year and raised the bar. (But I think AI basks in being a sub-par cheesy show).

  5. Lori Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 7:41 pm

    I can’t believe that Rock Star: INXS rates 8th and the boring and corny American Idol 4 rates #1?! You have to be kidding me.

    Let’s see. Listen to mostly teens try and sing and then get insulted or listened to some very talented singers and then have them get great constructive critism on Rock Star. Wow.. hard choice. Not for me. Rock Star was my most pleasant surprise in 2005.

  6. PeoplesChamp Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 11:03 pm

    C’mon guys Kill reality was awesome.

  7. Shelly Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 8:29 am

    Rock Star brought true music back into my life and given me the opportunity to watch someone I truely enjoy listening to make it big. Rock Star gave us a glimpse into the lives and personalities of the people on the show not just singing ability like AI. I hope that they do have another season and that it is twice as big of a hit.

  8. Eli Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 8:34 am

    I’d say that Apprentice 4 was right under American Idol 4. The Apprentice had an overall exciteing season, with an unexpected ending however.

  9. Allison Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 9:10 am

    Rockstar INXS was by far my favorite reality show of 2005. It had fantastic music, great singers, and the judging was done with dignity. This show far surpassed American Idol in entertainment value and should be #1 on your list. Dancing with the Stars was also up there for me, because it started out as a totally unexpected treat. Then they had to ruin it by making Kelly win the regular season. And how could you leave out Beauty and the Geek?

  10. Jean Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 10:11 am

    Rock Star was a very professionally done Reality show. Lots of talent, great INXS band with their honest and good criticizm, not insulting like American Idol.
    Lots of fans of Rock Star plus a forums dedicated to the program and its contestants. All are waiting eagerly for the next Rock Star program!!!!!

  11. Jean Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 10:12 am

    Rock Star was a very professionally done Reality show. Lots of talent, great INXS band with their honest and good criticizm, not insulting like American Idol.
    Lots of fans of Rock Star plus a forums dedicated to the program and its contestants. All are waiting eagerly for the next Rock Star program!!!!!

  12. Derek Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 12:55 pm

    Rock Star INXS was another rigged outcome show from Burnett; just like Romber and TAR ( where Romber were screwed over )
    Why are the reality shows from other countries such as Canada, UK, Japan, etc missing from this xenophobic list?

  13. Anonymous Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 1:03 pm

    Rock Star was not rigged. You obviously have not been reading any of the statements from the INXS band members. A couple of them went in with a bias towards a female lead but the voting swayed them to choose a male lead. JD was obviously the best fit for that band.

  14. Dee Says:
    December 28th, 2005 at 1:07 pm

    Mark Burnett said in an interview that he thought JD would have been gone long before the end of the season. He was as surprised as anyone to see JD win.

  15. derek Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 12:19 am

    Mark Burnett can say what he wants, he is not interested in anything but the bottom $$. What voting swayed them? Did the hostess ever reveal the public’s voting results?? It was always up to INXS to decide who sang what INXS songs in the bottom 3, even though the singers were not performing with INXS. The House Band, no matter how great, were not INXS. INXS had their prodigal son chosen from the beginning.

  16. Anonymous Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 6:47 pm

    Big Brother 6 is number 1

  17. Anonymous Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 12:27 am

    Yea but INXS had the right to choose who they wanted. It was never the public that was going to choose – it was only the public that would choose who was going to be in the bottom 3 and obviously you have not read interviews with the band, because Garry wanted a female and even towards the end it was not a unanimous decision.

  18. derek Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 11:38 am

    If Brooke didn’t say what the poll results were then how do you know for sure who the bottom 3 actually were?
    Why did inxs do a huddle to decide who went from the bottom 3, and not say individually who they wanted to stay or go?
    And hey watch the personal attacks.

  19. Anonymous Says:
    December 30th, 2005 at 4:06 pm

    They wanted a female and that is why they save Suzie so many times. But in the end, the viewer voting influenced them and Suzie had to go. The viewers wanted a male lead and Marty and Mig were not roit for that band (although they are probably right for other bands).


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