by Elyse V

Light, fluffy, and just enough drama to keep you interested are some of the reasons why we keep coming back to reality TV. Reality TV comes in three basic categories: 1) reality competition shows; 2) reality dating shows; and, 3) reality “documentaries.” Today’s list of 11 of the best reality shows to binge covers dating shows, and reality “documentaries” only.

We didn’t include reality competition shows because they are just different and we felt they were deserving of their own future feature spotlight. They generally require people to have a talent, or win physical/mental strength/endurance challenges, or endure living/social situations that I know I couldn’t withstand. Like we said, just different than the other categories.

No matter which category you like/prefer though, today’s choices are sure to keep you entertained and give you a little escape from your own reality. They might also make you very appreciative for the life/family/friends you have all while staying warm and cozy this winter.

(Titles listed in alphabetical order and not ranking. Click/tap on the title to go to the IMDb page. Summaries courtesy of IMDb)


1. Married At First Sight:

A reality show that follows singles yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet.

2. Million Dollar Listing LA:

Follows the lives of property brokers in Los Angeles. This show also made the list of my 4 favourite real estate shows.

3. Million Dollar Listing New York:

Follows some of Manhattan’s most relentless realtors as they close multimillion dollar deals faster than a yellow cab runs a red light.

4. Real Housewives Of Atlanta:

A reality television series focused on the personal and professional lives of several women residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

5. Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills:

A reality series that follows some of the most affluent women in the country as they enjoy the lavish lifestyle that only Beverly Hills can provide.

6. Real Housewives Of New Jersey:

Another installment of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” reality show. In this series, they focus on housewives living in New Jersey.

7. Real Housewives Of New York:

A fast-paced reality show that follows several incredibly busy and ambitious Manhattan women. Watch as they balance envious social calendars, challenging careers, and motherhood, with the hustle and bustle of the big city all around.

8. Real Housewives Of Potomac:

We follow the lives of 6 women residents of Potomac, Maryland, each in various stages of life and affluence, shaping their community and their lives.

9. Real Housewives Of Orange County:

A look at five families living in a protected Southern California enclave, and the real-life housewives who reside in one of the wealthiest planned communities in the country.

10. Real Housewives Ultimate Girl’s Trip:

Iconic members of the “Real Housewives” franchise from coast-to-coast unite on a luxurious getaway filled with unexpected friendships, fun in the sun and plenty of drama.

11. Selling Sunset:

The elite real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group sell the luxe life to affluent buyers in LA. The drama ramps up when a new agent joins the team. This show also made the list of my 4 favourite real estate shows.

If reality TV is not your thing, you can always spend time binging movies from our list of holiday movies, Thanksgiving movies, horror, comedy, drama, summer movies, or some Canadian content we have a number of binge lists to help you find something great to enjoy.

What do you think about our list of the best reality shows to binge-watch? Did we miss any of your favourites? If so, which ones? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comments. We will gladly add them to the list.

Happy binge-watching!

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Den January 16, 2022 - 11:17 PM

Yeah no. You have no concept of good reality TV nearly all of these shows are terrible.

Tahlula B January 17, 2022 - 5:35 AM

I think it depends on what you want to get from the reality shows you watch. I’m pretty sure you could argue that they are all a little terrible in their own way :) I prefer competition reality shows like Survivor, Top Chef and Alone.

Which reality shows are your favourites?


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