The 21 Best Reality Shows in 2021 (So Far).
Reality TV is often criticized. How many times have your friends and family been embarrassed by the fact that you spent a weekend watching your favorite “trashy reality” show? The form is changing, as 2020 and 2021 have shown. The new reality shows don’t just help you feel better about your choices. Some do that. These shows are a way to be inspired, educated, and get involved.
Some of the most beloved Bingeable TV Shows in the genre, such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians are closing down. Others are making long-overdue changes, such as The Bachelor franchise. But some are brand new and exciting, such as Legendary and The Big Day. Here are some great reality TV shows that you can watch while you search for new content or browse the back catalog of your latest binge-watch. Stay tuned as we are still waiting for confirmation on other equally amazing shows. This list will be updated as soon as we receive renewal announcements or new shows. It will be a great year.
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”
There’s so much to love about The Real Housewives of Jersey. The drama continues with Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga as well as Dolores Catania (Dolores Catania), Margaret Josephs, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider.
Too Hot To Handle
It was so funny and fun to see horny adults trying not to have sex. It’s the meta version of every other sexy-adults-on-a-beach show out there: Aggressively honest about its intentions, and never above poking fun at the contestants.
The official launch of Season 23 of Big Brother was July 7. After testing positive for COVID-19 in a contestant, one contestant had to quit. You can read more about the other contestants here. You can expect another thrilling season!
Bling Empire is a series that follows the lives of wealthy Asian families living in Los Angeles. It was renewed recently for a second season. Although we aren’t comparing it with Crazy Rich Asians, you will probably enjoy this series if you enjoyed that film.
‘Million Dollar Listing New York
This year’s premiere of Million Dollar Listing New York was the ninth. It never gets old, even though the agents love it (kinda). The season features Fredrik Eklund and Ryan Serhant as well as Tyler Whitman, Steve Gold, and Kirsten Jordan.
Chris Harrison is out as host and one of its frontrunners was criticized for being racially sensitive. You should watch this because it’s a look at the history of what was once regarded as reality dating (slowly and painfully). The Women Tell All/After Final Rose was, if nothing else, very…interesting.
“Keeping up with the Kardashians”
After 20 seasons on E!, the most iconic example of this genre, the show that has defined reality TV for more than a decade is ending its run. (only to return on Hulu). Give it the proper sendoff. It was the first broadcast on E! March 18.
“The Big Day”
Reality TV shows that focus on the one percent can be problematic due to their OTT portrayals of unlimited spending (which is especially crummy during a pandemic), and their clumsiness about elitism or classism. The Big Day does a good job of addressing issues related to culture, race, and sexual orientation. You’ll also learn a lot about Indian weddings if you don’t know much.
’90 Day Diaries’
The 90 Day Fiance Finale may make you feel a little bummed, but there are many spinoffs from this bizarre show. Come for the awkwardness, and stay for the horrors that the immigration system brings. The 90 Day Diaries is about the couples affected by the pandemic. 90 Days Bares All features uncensored stories. The 90 Day Journey miniseries has also been announced. The spinoff The Other Way Strikes Back is also available. Just announced: 90 Days: Single Life. This could be enough to consume all of your TV bandwidth.
“Worst Cooks of America”
Can I watch this to improve my cooking skills? Yes. Yes. Uh-huh. Do you ever learn a new cooking method? Yes. This show is currently in its 21st season. Season 21 is because of all that, plus watching someone slowly improve at something–it never gets old.
This may be the most beautiful reality TV show ever. This series is about modern ball culture. Eight voguing houses compete for $100,000. Contestants have nine total balls to demonstrate their many modeling/dancing/lip-syncing/performance talents. HBO Max has confirmed a second season. Judges Jamela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion will be returning.
“When Disaster Strikes”
This is a different kind of reality TV. You owe it yourself to see this documentary about the real-time response to disasters all over the globe. This is not a show you should watch if you are looking for light entertainment, but it is essential viewing.
“Married at First Sight”
The 12th season of this very messy series will be set in Atlanta. It promises to be chaotic and full of drama (do we need to watch out for those couples who stay married forever?) Marie Kondo was right. I came for the chaos. Next, they’ll be casting for a season of the show in Boston. Be prepared for hilarious accents and unintelligible discussions about sports.
“Painting with John”
John Lurie wants to be clear from the beginning of this series that none of his trees are happy. This is not a dig at Bob Ross. It’s a beautiful look at Bob Ross at work. He dispenses wisdom and nonsense. Yet, his work and temperament prove otherwise.
This is (one) of the best vehicles for Nicole Byer. My love for Nicole Byer has never stopped. The mere fact that she reacts to the words “I teeheeheed”, is worth the effort. And it was announced that season five will be released on March 26th. This is exactly what my quarantine-worn soul needs.
“Inside the World’s Toughest Penitentiaries”
Netflix has just released season five of this compelling series. We travel around the world to examine the prison system in different countries. Raphael Rowe, a UK journalist, is our guide. He served time before being acquitted for the crime he was charged with. This piece would make a great companion piece to 13th, as it provides an eye-opening view of the horrors that are incarceration in the world.
Craftopia is for you if glitter is something you enjoy as much as these kids. Lauren Riihimaki, a.k.a. LaurDIY. LaurDIY. You can now grab your glue sticks and renew the show for another season.
It’s Nailed It meets Lego bricks. It’s both heartbreaking and fascinating to watch these talented artists compete to create the most beautiful sculptures. You can expect to be captivated once again when the show returns for season 2.
This episode is similar to The Bachelor and well worth your time. You don’t have to be caught up to see Tayshia Adams’s episodes. She will take control of the season with wisdom and grace, giving us one of its best love stories. Many people were upset that there wasn’t a Bachelor in Paradise this year. However, there are many reality shows featuring beaches and bikinis. Although it is not clear who the next Bachelorette will become, the fact that the show is still on air indicates that producers are paying attention to viewers who want more of Adams’ shows.