7 Reality Shows on Netflix to Help You Escape the Crazy World We're Living in Right Now
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With the newfound reality leaving everyone hunkered down in their homes, you may have found yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands. Luckily, Netflix has a huge selection of reality programs (in addition to the best shows on Netflix) ripe for the time wasting. If you need a distraction from the current state of the world, reality TV is a great way to entertain yourself with other people's drama. From cooking face-offs to romance wars to beauty makeovers, here are the seven most binge-worthy reality shows (in no particular order) now streaming on Netflix.
Love Is Blind
Just when you thought dating couldn’t get any weirder, Netflix takes its own foray into the genre. The new speed dating show that’s taken over Netflix by storm, Love Is Blind revolves around the concept of falling in love with no looks involved. The show takes this on literally by having singles propose—yes, propose—to each other without ever seeing each other face-to-face. Sound crazy yet? It gets even crazier—the couples then have just a few weeks to connect on a physical level before getting married in front of all their friends and family. It really gives a whole new meaning to rushing into a relationship.
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As if social media isn’t stressful enough, let’s put $100,000 on the line. In The Circle, contestants are isolated in their own apartments, and can only communicate to the other contestants via a social media app. Everyone is periodically asked to rate their fellow contestants, with top vote-getters becoming “Influencers” and the low-rankers being eliminated (and the most popular contestant winning the cash prize). But here’s the catch: People can choose to be whoever they want to be in the competition, meaning that sweet “girl-next-door” you’ve been flirting with might be a middle-aged man. Hey, with all the catfishing and fake identities adopted on the web, it’s really not that far of a stretch from reality.
Hosted by five gay professionals who you’ll really want to be best friends with, Queer Eye brings together an interior designer, a grooming consultant, fashion designer, culture expert, and food connoisseur to give “lifestyle makeovers,” or as they call it a make-better, to deserving people around the country. It’s the ultimate feel-good show, jam-packed with a lot of tears, hugs, and major inspiration.
Next in Fashion
If you’re a fan of Project Runway, add this Netflix reality television fashion competition to your queue, stat. The premise isn’t new: Contestants in pairs of two compete in weekly challenges to create the best looks, which are presented in a runway show judged by a panel of fashion cognoscenti. The hosts aren't surprising, either: Queer Eye‘s resident fashion expert, Ran France, and fashion influencer Alexa Chung, the show’s two hosts, are seriously a match made in fashion heaven. But what’s really surprising is how diverse, inclusive, and well, nice everyone is. The show features designers from around the world who incorporate aspects of their home countries to their designs, and all the interactions have an uplifting camaraderie that sets itself apart from the cold hostility that’s often linked to the fashion world.
The Great British Bake-Off
Who knew baking could be so...intense? The show is exactly what the title implies: A group of amateur British bakers compete against each other in a series of rounds, attempting to impress a group of judges with their baking creations. A lot of aesthetic pastries, botched soufflés, and British slang ensue. At the very least, you’ll definitely walk out of it with an enhanced culinary repertoire.
If the awkward banter of first dates makes you want to vomit, this show will be unbearable. But if you want to be a fly on the wall and spy on other people’s dates, this is the program for you. Each episode features a single who goes on five first dates with different people. Once the quintet of blind dating is complete, the dater picks one lucky person who they deem worthy of a second date (rejecting everyone else). It’s not exactly the most educational show out there, but who knows? It might give you some insight as to why that Tinder date never texted you back.
The Japanese reality show follows the lives of six strangers, three men and three women, who come from different backgrounds, classes, and careers, and have them live under the same roof while getting to know and date one another. This premise is interesting in that members are allowed to keep their day jobs go about their daily lives (the cameras will also follow members to other locations). However, staying connected with the outside world makes it even more challenging for a couple to work out, and the drama comes when contestants struggle to incorporate newfound romance into their regular lives.