From “America's Next Top Model” to “America's Got Talent,” Long Islanders can't get enough reality TV. But which show tops the list? Google data offers some insight: Here are the top 20 most-Googled reality TV shows in Nassau and Suffolk, from 2004 to March 2018....
From “America's Next Top Model” to “America's Got Talent,” Long Islanders can't get enough reality TV. But which show tops the list? Google data offers some insight: Here are the top 20 most-Googled reality TV shows in Nassau and Suffolk, from 2004 to March 2018.
20. 'Real World'
MTV's "Real World" places a group of strangers together in one house for several months while documenting their interactions and daily lives. The first season placed the group in a New York City apartment, but has since filmed all over the world with different casts, including "Real World: Sydney," pictured.
19. 'America's Next Top Model'
Hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks and Ashley Graham, "America's Next Top Model" features 14 models competing to win a modeling contract with a top modeling agency, a cover and/or spread in a fashion magazine, and a cosmetics campaign.
18. 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'
Melissa Gorga, Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, Kathy Wakile, and Teresa Giudice all once starred on Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey." The show follows a group of affluent women as they face new challenges and situations that test their close-knit friendships.
17. '90 Day Fiancé'
TLC's "90 Day Fiancé" selects a handful of couples in long-distance relationships who have received a K-1 visa, which allows entry into the United States for 90 days with the purpose of marriage. The show follows them for those 90 days, while the couples decide whether their courtships should conclude with marriage.
16. 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
"RuPaul's Drag Race" features a cast of 14 drag queens competing for the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000. The show has even spurred a spin-off series, "RuPauls Drag Race: All-Stars," which brings back fan favorites and winners from previous seasons to compete for a chance to enter the "Drag Race Hall of Fame."
15. 'Real Housewives of New York'
Bravo's "Real Housewives of New York" originally followed the lives of Kelly Killoren Bensimon, left, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord. During the show's nine seasons, however, the cast has changed dramatically.
14. 'The Challenge'
MTV's "The Challenge" features various alumni of other reality TV shows, including "Real World" and "Road Rules," competing to take home a large cash prize. Various Long Islanders have also been featured on the show, including Jenna Compono, pictured.
13. 'Family Feud'
"Family Feud" first aired in 1976 with host Richard Dawson and pits two families against each other, having them try to match the answers given to survey questions asked to groups of people (typically 100 people in the group). Over the years, the show has had a number of hosts, but Steve Harvey has been in the role since 2010.
12. 'American Idol'
"American Idol," which was revived by ABC in 2018, helped to start the craze of singing competition shows on television. The groundbreaking series launched the careers of superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and David Cook, pictured, among others.
11. 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'
E! Network's "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," which began in 2007, has helped make household names of the Kardashian and Jenner families. The show follows the glamorous lives of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and features all the drama that accompanies it.
10. 'Jersey Shore'
Critics loathed "Jersey Shore," but the reality show about the beach bums who lived to get tan, work out and party hard became a fan phenomenon during its run from 2009 to 2012. The show was even given a new limited series in 2018, "Jersey Shore Family Vacation," and sparked various spin-offs, including the UK's "Geordie Shore."
9. 'Teen Mom'
MTV's "Teen Mom" follows the original cast of "16 and Pregnant" as they try to navigate the challenges of their first years of motherhood, including graduating from high school, getting a job, beginning college and moving out on their own.
"Survivor" was one of the first highly rated and profitable reality shows in America and is considered by the Washington Post as one of the best shows of the 2000s.
7. 'The Bachelorette'
"The Bachelor" spin-off, "The Bachelorette," is a dating game show that gives one woman the opportunity to choose from among 25 suitors. The show keeps close ties to its parent show, as typically the bachelorette is one of the runner-ups from "The Bachelor."
6. "Big Brother"
"Big Brother," which takes its name from George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," has had more than 18 seasons in the U.S. and recently announced that a celebrity edition would be premiering, too.
5. 'The Voice'
NBC's "The Voice" is a singing competition with a twist. During auditions, the judges have their backs turned so that they can't see the contestants. They choose the contestants they'd like to coach based solely on talent, not appearances.
4. 'Shark Tank'
ABC's "Shark Tank," the reality TV show that gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their businesses to investors, has given life to dozens of revolutionary products, such as the Scrub Daddy sponge and the RocketBook.
3. 'America's Got Talent'
NBC's "America's Got Talent" has helped spur a number of careers, including that of Long Island's own Sal Valentinetti, who appeared on season 11 of the reality show.
2. 'Dancing With the Stars'
The U.S. spin-off of U.K.'s "Strictly Come Dancing," ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" has had more than 25 seasons since 2005. Featuring celebrities pairing up with professional dancers to compete against the others for judges' points and audience votes, the show airs a new season during the spring and fall almost every year.
1. 'The Bachelor'
There's been more than 20 seasons of "The Bachelor," a show designated to match two people in marriage, but only two couples from the show are still together: Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft and Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici.