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13 Most Controversial Reality TV Shows of All-Time

In order for viewers to tune into a TV show, there has to be drama. 

These 13 shows courted controversy throughout their time on the air. 

Some of the scandals resulted in the shows getting canceled, while some of the shows are still on the air. 

Have a look below. 

1. Teen Mom

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The Teen Mom franchise has been a ratings winner for MTV. The show has stirred up much controversy over the years. From Jenelle Evans’ multiple arrests to some things we’d rather not speak about from Farrah Abraham’s life, the series has beaten the odds. The moms at the helm of the series seem to court controversy wherever they go. Maybe it just comes with the territory.

2. Buckwild

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Reality TV is more successful for MTV than anything else. Buckwild was like a mashup of Jersey Shore and Jackass. Some of the content was a cause for concern and there was much viewer backlash. A second season was ordered, but cast members started getting in trouble with the law. Things took a harrowing turn when cast member, Shain Gandee, tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning. MTV ultimately pulled the plug while filming the second season.

3. Toddlers & Tiaras

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The world has mixed feelings about beauty pageants, so you can imagine the backlash when TLC launched Toddlers & Tiaras — a show that pretty much exploited young children. The most controversial moment, however, involved one young girl dressing up as Julia Roberts’ prostitute character from Pretty Woman.

4. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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This is a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras, and let’s just say it was filled with just as much controversy. The series was canceled when Mama June reportedly rekindled her relationship with the sex offender who allegedly molested her daughter.

5. 19 Kids & Counting

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The Duggar clan have been around for years, and it quickly became clear that they were hiding many secrets behind closed doors. TLC canceled the series after reports emerged, claiming that Josh Duggar molested a number of young women, including his own sisters.

6. Boy Meets Boy

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This series could have been a Bachelor for same-sex couples, but it was one of the most irresponsible series on the air. It focused on a man looking for love and eliminating the men who he did not feel a connection with. However, the producers thought it would be a good idea to have straight men in the mix.

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