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The 20 most iconic & groundbreaking reality TV shows

Yardbarker Logo By Amy McCarthy of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: Love it or hate it, reality TV has captured the imagination of the American television audience. Whether it's competitions, practical jokes, or truly dramatic relationship woes, shows like "Survivor" and "The Bachelor" have proven that this genre is here to stay. Flip through the gallery below for a look at the most iconic — and groundbreaking — reality shows in television history, from the original practical joke show "Candid Camera" to "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and everything in between. 

The 20 most iconic & groundbreaking reality TV shows

Love it or hate it, reality TV has captured the imagination of the American television audience. Whether it's competitions, practical jokes, or truly dramatic relationship woes, shows like "Survivor" and "The Bachelor" have proven that this genre is here to stay. 

Flip through the gallery below for a look at the most iconic — and groundbreaking — reality shows in television history, from the original practical joke show "Candid Camera" to "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and everything in between. 

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