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The Decade's Worst Reality Shows

The Most Ridiculous, Offensive, or Just Plain Stupid Reality Shows!

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Hmmm...the worst reality shows of the decade. Where do I begin? Did you ever watch a reality show that left you staring at the TV screen, mouth agape, wondering "What in the world were they thinking?!" If you answered yes, you've probably had a taste of the worst reality shows of the decade - the most ridiculous, offensive, or just plain stupid reality shows ever made! I'm talking about shows that made us cringe, roll our eyes, or occasionally yell at our TV sets. I'll start things off, then you can complete the list of shame by telling me about other shows that left a bad taste in your mouth.

Here we go:

1. 'The Littlest Groom'

Photo © Fox.
The network responsible for this show: Fox
The premise: A group of tiny bachelorettes competed against average-sized women for the heart of a 4-foot-5 bachelor.
The hook: Would the littlest groom choose a long-legged lover or a pint-sized princess?
The bad taste in the mouth: Not surprisingly, some viewers thought the Fox reality show exploited little people.

2. 'Amish In The City'

Photo © UPN.
The network responsible for this show: UPN
The premise: Five Amish young people were plucked from their traditional lifestyles and sent to the big city, where they shared a home with worldly roommates and got their first taste of a less-than-spiritual life.
The hook: Would the Amish guys and gals go wild in the city?
The bad taste in the mouth: Some critics argued that the show was offensive to the Amish.

3. 'Married by America'

Photo © Fox.
The network responsible for this show: Fox
The premise: Viewers played matchmaker for complete strangers on this Fox reality show. The newly created couples were immediately engaged to be married and sent to live together while cameras filmed their unconventional courtships.
The hook: Would the couples decide to get married during the show's finale?
The bad taste in the mouth: Some critics believed Married in America would make a mockery of marriage.

4. 'Who's Your Daddy?'

Photo © Fox.
The network responsible for this show: Fox
The premise: A young woman who was adopted as a child tried to win $100,000 by picking her biological father from a group of men all claiming to be her real dad. If one of the impostors managed to fool the adopted woman, the fake daddy would win the $100,000 prize instead.
The hook: Would the young woman tell the right man 'you ARE the father?' (Without a DNA test from Maury Povich, of course.)
The bad taste in the mouth: A sensitive adoption issue turned into a game show. Enough said.

5. 'The Will'

Photo © CBS.
The network responsible for this show: CBS
The premise: An Arizona millionaire's potential heirs competed for his estate on this short-lived show.
The hook: Who would the wealthy old man choose to collect the inheritance?
The bad taste in the mouth: This kind of family drama would have been better suited for a daytime soap.

6. 'Temptation Island'

Photo © Fox
The network responsible for this show: Fox
The premise: Couples were sent to a tropical island where the men were separated from the women. Sexy tempters and temptresses were thrown into the mix to see if the separated couples would be enticed to cheat on their mates.
The hook: Would the contestants risk their relationships and give in to temptation?
The bad taste in the mouth: Some viewers thought this show was immoral and tasteless, to say the least.

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