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10 Addictive reality TV shows to add to your watch list

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10 Addictive reality TV shows to add to your watch list
We've compiled the best reality TV shows to watch on the BBC, Netflix, Channel 4 and more, whether you're after gripping real-life drama or cosy easy watching
In the ever-expanding realm of reality television, finding the perfect show to satisfy your cravings for drama, competition or heartwarming moments can be a daunting task.
Fear not, for we've curated a list of ten reality shows that are guaranteed to captivate your attention and keep you hooked from the first episode to the finale.
Whether you're a fan of heart-pounding competitions, compelling social experiments, or heartwarming journeys of self-discovery, our list has something for everyone. Get ready to dive into the diverse and entertaining world of reality TV.

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off promo shot, with Noel Fielding, Alison Hammond, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood holding cakes
In the heart of the English countryside, The Great British Bake Off invites a group of amateur bakers to compete in a tent filled with ovens and pastel-coloured kitchen stations.
Hosted by amiable presenters and judged by culinary experts, the contestants face a series of delectable challenges, ranging from intricate pastry creations to perfectly risen bread and show-stopping desserts.
With the iconic white tent as their battleground, these bakers strive to impress the judges and claim the title of Britain's best amateur baker.

Queer Eye

Queer Eye follows the transformative journey of the Fab Five—a team of experts in grooming, fashion, food and wine, culture and design.
Each episode features the Fab Five lending their expertise to help individuals undergo life-changing makeovers. Beyond physical transformations, the show delves into personal stories, self-discovery and the celebration of self-love.
With humour, heart, and a mission to make the world a better place one makeover at a time, Queer Eye is a beacon of positivity and acceptance.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Ru Paul's Drag Race star promo shot
In the dazzling world of drag, RuPaul's Drag Race is the ultimate competition where drag queens showcase their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
Hosted by the legendary RuPaul, contestants face challenges that test their creativity, runway prowess and ability to captivate an audience.
From sewing glamorous costumes to performing in lip-sync battles, the queens vie for the coveted title of America's Next Drag Superstar. With fierce competition, humour and the glamour of the drag world, this show has become a global phenomenon.


Stranded on a remote island or in challenging environments, Survivor pits a group of contestants against each other in the ultimate game of strategy, endurance and social dynamics.
Divided into tribes, contestants face physical challenges, form alliances and vote each other out in a quest to be the last one standing. With limited resources and the ever-present threat of elimination, Survivor is a thrilling test of survival skills and strategic gameplay.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette bring romance to the forefront as a single man or woman embarks on a journey to find love among a group of eligible contestants.
Roses symbolise continued participation, and with each passing week, relationships deepen while others face heartbreak.
From extravagant dates to emotional rose ceremonies, the shows explore the complexities of love, dating and the pursuit of a happily ever after.


MasterChef contestants and judges
MasterChef elevates home cooking to an art form as amateur chefs compete in a series of culinary challenges to prove their skills and creativity.
Judged by renowned chefs, contestants face pressure tests, mystery box challenges, and the daunting invention test, where they must create dishes using specific ingredients.
The show culminates in a battle for the title of MasterChef, bringing forth both tears and triumphs in the kitchen.

Love Island

Love Island promo shot, woman holding flag with word "Love" written on it
Set in a sun-soaked villa, Love Island gathers a group of singles looking for love. Participants couple up, face challenges and navigate unexpected twists as they strive to find genuine connections.
With the audience having a say in the proceedings, the show combines romance, drama and island life escapades, making it a guilty pleasure and cultural phenomenon.

Selling Sunset

Selling Sunset provides a glimpse into the competitive world of high-end real estate in Los Angeles.
The show follows the glamorous and ambitious real estate agents at The Oppenheim Group as they navigate million-dollar listings, negotiations and personal dramas.
Balancing high stakes and high fashion, Selling Sunset is a reality series that merges the excitement of real estate with the allure of Hollywood.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Keeping Up with the Kardashians chronicles the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family, offering an intimate look into their personal and professional journeys.
From business ventures and family dynamics to the challenges of fame, the show captures the triumphs and tribulations of America's most famous reality TV family over more than a decade.

The Real Housewives franchise

The Real Housewives franchise takes viewers into the opulent lives of affluent women across various cities.
Juggling careers, social events and personal relationships, the housewives navigate the challenges and luxuries of their lifestyles.
Filled with drama, glamour and the occasional catfight, the franchise has become synonymous with high-society reality TV. Each city brings its unique flavour, making it a long-standing staple in the reality television landscape.
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