As we plow through more seasons of "Big Brother," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "The Bachelor" this summer, it's hard not to ask what the merits of winning a reality competition are. Do we applaud manipulative prowess? Sheer talent? Sheer watchability? Every show is different, but -- with the exception of the last couple seasons of "SYTYCD" -- one thing is certain: There can only be one winner. And fans usually bathe that winner in a glorious light for eternity.
Unless that winner is a drug-ring leader on "Big Brother" or a tax-evading weirdo on "Survivor," of course. Then exceptions are made.
We got to thinking about our favorite reality shows and the winners who made them great. After narrowing down the options and reducing reality TV to its most phenomenal victories and players, we came up with this Top 11.
Enjoy below, the 11 greatest reality show winners ever.
2014 | Comedy | PGSummary: The Little Rascals are back in an all-new movie! Join the fun with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, Petey the dog and the whole gang as they are up to their usual mischief! The Rascals try anything to raise the money needed to save their grandma's (Doris Roberts) bakery. The only trouble is - t...Director: Alex Zamm
Cast: Drew Justice, Rio Mangini, Jenna Ortega, Eden Wood
2010 | Adventure | TV-PGSummary: Teenaged superhero sidekicks and proteges strive to prove their worth alongside their adult counterparts as they balance difficulties in their own lives.Director: Paul Norris (creator)
Cast: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Comedian Chris Tucker performs live.Director: Phil Joanou
Cast: Chris Tucker
1989 | Comedy | NRSummary: The "show about nothing" follows friends played by Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander as the find the worst ways to deal with problems big and small.Director: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld (creators)
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
1954 | Adventure | GSummary: Kirk Douglas and James Mason star in the classic adaptation of Jules Verne's underwater tale of the advanced submarine, the Nautilus and its stubborn Captain Nemo.Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
1966 | Drama | NRSummary: Two women, an actress who can’t (or won’t) speak and the nurse who cares for her, retreat to a seaside cottage where their relationship grows strangely intimate in Ingmar Bergman’s dramatically impressive film.Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook
2013 | Drama | PG-13Summary: A young woman visits her one surviving family member just prior to taking her final vows as a nun, and learns far more about life, faith and her family history than she expects.Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
1983 | Comedy | RSummary: A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.Director: John Landis
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott
1964 | Musical | NRSummary: Everything is beautiful in this dazzling musical: Catherine Deneuve, the glowing cinematography, the songs of Michel Legrand, and even the bittersweet romance.Director: Jacques Demy
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
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