An early roundup of the reality programs that dominated our 2021
Reality TV has been around a long time, yet there’s no saying what new, outrageous concept is going to take off next. Anything is possible in this realm of entertainment; just take a look at beauty vlogger-turned-MTV reality star Bretman Rock or TM’s online dating series featuring P-Pop group SB19 Mad Rush To Your Crush.
Of all our quarantine fixations, the reality show has always been that fun escape from real life. They can be a pick-me-up, a nice way to cap off a stressful day or a revealing look into someone else’s world. We’ve seen it happen all year long. And here, we round up the best of the best of reality programs that dominated in 2021. Scroll through and check them out on Netflix.
Love Is Blind
It’s a one-of-a-kind social experiment where single men and women look for love and get engaged—all before meeting in person. Love Is Blind made headlines and sent Twitter to a frenzy in 2020. And this year, it returned with an epic follow-up: Love Is Blind: After the Altar.
RuPaul’s Drag Race
It’s the reality show with a cult following. Watch queens compete for $100,000 and the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar in the Emmy Award-winning series hosted by the mother of all drag mothers herself, RuPaul. Enjoy all 13 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix.
How tricky is it to separate the personal from the professional? As elite agents at The Oppenheim Group sell the luxe life to affluent buyers in LA, they realize relationships in and outside of work can get murky—and that often means major drama. Catch the juicy reality series Selling Sunset on Netflix.
Status and strategy collide in this social experiment-meets-competition program where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000. Do you think you’d be able to cut it if you were in their shoes? Binge all three seasons of The Circle right here and now on Netflix.
Too Hot to Handle
On the shores of paradise, gorgeous singles meet and mingle. But there’s a twist: To win the $100,000 grand prize, they will have to give up sex. Who will bow out? Who will succeed? Stream Too Hot to Handle on Netflix to find out.
Best Leftovers Ever!
Throughout the quarantine, TikTok has become one source of food inspo, but so has reality TV. Bet you can’t finish an episode without working up an appetite. On Netflix’s 2021 food reality show Best Leftovers Ever!, contestants work against time to turn leftovers and pantry items into delectable new dishes worthy of a spot on a restaurant menu.
Dream Home Makeover
Putting the celebrity home obsession on hold now. This time around: real families, real homes anddream home makeovers are coming to life. Partners at work and in life, Shea and Syd McGee of Studio McGee, head across the country to give families the home upgrades they’ve long been waiting for. Catch up on Dream Home Makeover while you wait for the third season of the hit series.
What’s life like for the real Crazy Rich Asians? In Los Angeles, Kane, Kevin, Christine, Kelly, Kim Cherie and Anna have the answers as the wildly wealthy Asian and Asian-Americans at the center of the Netflix original reality show Bling Empire.
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons
Investigative journalists become voluntary inmates in the most volatile prisons across the globe, where intimidation and brutality rule. Stream all five seasons of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons only on Netflix.
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