Over the past two decades, reality shows have overtaken TV. These shows typically feature participants vying for a large cash prize and taking on any number of challenges, from looking for love or surviving life on an island to wrestling for WWE or solving crimes. Thousands of reality shows have aired on TV over the years, and chances are you’ve seen at least dozens of them. What about the ones you missed, though? Or even the ones you simply forgot?
The graveyard of TV is littered with the corpses of failed reality shows as networks tried to find the next big hit that would take the pop culture landscape by storm. After all, if The Bachelor is such a hit, why wouldn’t networks try every potential reality dating show concept under the sun in hopes of finding something that would also find an audience?
Far too many of those shows never found the audience they were looking for. There are a number of reasons for that. Perhaps, the network didn’t promote it properly. Maybe the characters were just too unlikable to want to root for. Could it be that the show’s concept was just too awful (we remember you, Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling)? So take a stroll with us down memory lane as we revisit the remains of TV’s most utterly ridiculous reality TV shows. We promise you, these all existed, whether you remember them or not.