The Best of 2014: Reality Shows

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Find our what reality shows TV Fanatics think are the bomb.

1. Vanderpump Rules

Vanderpump Rules
Vanderpump Rules is the reality television show you never knew you needed in your life. Following the lives of the staff at posh Beverly Hills eatery Sur, each week we get to see what shenanigans the crazy staff will get themselves involved in. What lies will Jax tell now? What snarky comment will Stassi throw some poor person's way? And just how will Tom Sandoval do his hair this week? Oh, you'll get all the answers, plus a lovely appearance by Lisa Vanderpump, who's just about the loveliest and most intimidating Bravo housewife around. -- Whitney Evans

2. Whose Line Is It Anyway

Whose Line Is It Anyway
Whose Line is it Anyway is the most consistently hilarious show on TV. Performers Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie are fantastic at coming up with witty songs, creative ways to use props, and a slew of other improvisational games that are thrown at them. The guest stars are a fun addition to the new revival and Aisha Tyler is surprisingly great in Drew Carey's former role as host. No other show makes me laugh out loud as much as this one on a weekly basis. -- Stacy Glanzman

3. Real Housewives of New Jersey

Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 6 Teresa and Joe Giudice must deal with the fallout of their legal difficulties. Dina Manzo returns to the fold, whole Caroline is out, along with Kathy Wakile and Jaqueline Laurita. The cast change ups and Teresa drama made for a great season of this beloved housewives series. -- Amanda Wolf

4. Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars is one of the few reality competition series that I've remained truly invested in. Whether the competitors are very well-known or barely celebrities, watching them learn to dance so many different styles and strive for their own personal goals makes this a series worth watching. Even a better, it's a show that keeps the drama to a minimum, instead focusing on fun performances and friendly competition. The routines seem to get better a better every year, and this year offered some especially entertaining ones. Julianne Hough also joined as a judge, and though I prefer there only be three judges, I thought she made a great addition. -- Ashley Bissett Sumerel

5. The Taste

The Taste
I love to watch cooking competitions, and The Taste is among my favorites. The concept of focusing only on the taste of the food is genius, but what makes the show special is that it makes me feel as though I could learn to cook the way the competitors do. The show includes both professional chefs and home cooks, and puts them on teams with famous chefs as mentors. Ultimately, it's a learning experience for them, and that's what gets the audience invested. -- Ashley Bissette Sumerel (She couldn't pick just one!)

6. Hell's Kitchen

Hell's Kitchen
There's a reason why Gordon Ramsay has been on American television for well over a decade. We all just love to hear him scream and get so invested in cooking. Hell's Kitchen is the reality competition show where hopefuls compete to become Head Chef of a new Ramsay restaurant. The stakes are always high and there's always plenty of drama, in and out of the kitchen. If that weren't enough, there are occasional sighting of some celebrities eating in the dining room. Despite recently finishing it's 13 season, the show is still going strong and is renewed up to a 16th season. Love him or hate him, it looks like Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen is here to stay. -- Ariana Guzman

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Vanderpump Rules, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Dancing With the Stars, The Taste, Hell's Kitchen, Big Brother, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor
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