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Bachelor and Bachelorette’s first seasons, and many more classic reality shows, streaming free

The original seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have returned, available to stream for free. They became available yesterday, joining a bunch of other reality shows on Tubi, a streaming service that’s free but supported by advertising.

Among the classic shows I found and can’t wait to watch again are Cannonball Run 2001, with Survivor contestants Sue Hawk and Jeff Varner racing across country against other teams (including Alpha Gamma Grandma!), and all six seasons of the early celebrity reality show The Surreal Life.

I also recently discovered that The Queen of Versailles, one of my favorite documentaries of all time, is on Tubi, which has an entire documentary category.

Also online, as of yesterday: Bachelor in Paradise season 5. Watch the trailer for the first Bachelorette season to see just how far the show has come, if only with its production values:

Tubi has apps for iOS and Android, plus Roku and other platforms, with “more than 12,000 movies and television series,” and says its “content volume is more than double in size to Netflix – approximately 40,000 hours of content.” It says it has “the largest content library on the planet.”

Tubi’s reality TV category includes more than 250 classic and current shows. These stood out to me:

There’s a lot more, too—some deep cuts, some WTFs.

Many of these shows are ones I enjoyed but forgot about; others are shows I never would have imagined watching again, like The Next Action Star or season one of Dr. Ruth’s talk show.

Let me know or comment below if you find something awesome in Tubi’s archives.

And for other unscripted and reality TV, browse these categories:

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