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Spring 2021 reality TV schedule and guide

It has been on year since the world changed, but the quantity of reality TV being produced has not: There are already more reality show premieres scheduled for March 2021 than shows that premiered in March 2020. This spring will have returning shows such as Top Chef, new shows including Race To the Center of the Earth, and the new return of the very first modern reality show, The Real World Homecoming: New York.

This reality show schedule lists officially announced debut dates and time slots for both new and returning, prime-time reality TV and documentary shows that debut this spring (and beyond).

Times listed are in ET/PT, and are accurate at the time of publication. This list is frequently updated, but TV networks and streaming services frequently change their schedules, so always check your guide or other TV listings.

For any reality shows that premiered before March 1, 2021, such as Tough As Nails, see the winter 2021 schedule.

Program descriptions in quotation marks indicate text that comes directly from network press releases, the show’s website, or other official materials.

I try hard to ensure it’s the most comprehensive list of reality TV premieres, although that’s ever-challenging now that some networks sometimes don’t even publicly announce returning seasons or even new shows.

If you have any updates, additions, or corrections, please e-mail me. Thank you!

Spring 2021 reality TV premieres


March | April | May | June | July | August | September


March 2021

  • The Voice (NBC, March 1, Mondays at 8). For season 20, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Blake Shelton coach
  • Below Deck Sailing Yacht (Bravo, March 1, Mondays at 9). “Captain Glenn Shephard puts his trust in an all-new crew as they sail along the sparkling coast of Croatia”
  • Easter Basket Challenge (Food Network, March 1, Mondays at 10). Contestants create “Easter treats” for “host Sunny Anderson and judges Claudia Sandoval and Jordan Andino.”
  • Big Time Bake (Food Network, March 1, Mondays at 11). “Buddy Valastro is now judging some of the best bakers from across the country to the test in a nonstop dessert competition”
  • Race Across the World (Discovery+, March 2). Season two of the UK show where teams “must travel across the globe by whatever means they can: foot, car, bicycle, boat, bus, ferry, motorbike, horse”
  • Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix, March 3). “the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community and the criminal mastermind behind it all.”
  • Farmhouse Fixer (HGTV, March 3, Wednesdays at 9). NKOTB’s Jonathan Knight will “share his renovation know-how by meticulously restoring centuries-old New England farmhouses”
  • The Con (ABC, March 3, Wednesdays at 10). “explores the troubling tales of people taken in by claims and promises that proved too good to be true, from identity fraud and misleading romance to the high-profile college admission scandal and Fyre Festival”
  • The Real World Homecoming: New York (Paramount+, March 4, Thursdays). “the original seven strangers will revisit the shocking moments and explosive issues that transpired during the historic season and discuss how they parallel in today’s social climate”
  • For Heaven’s Sake (Paramount+, March 4). “will follow the search for Harold Heaven, who mysteriously disappeared from his remote cabin in Ontario, Canada, in the winter of 1934”
  • Deadly Type with Candice DeLong (Discovery+, March 4). “former FBI profiler Candice DeLong works to find common behavioral links between some of the world’s worst perpetrators”
  • My Mane Problem (ALLBLK, March 4). “Celebrity hairstylist Dr. Boogie … takes on cases of real people struggling with varying hair concerns”
  • Strange Evidence (Science, March 4, Thursdays at 9). “experts turn to the bizarre and inexplicable anomalies caught on camera and use new forensic analysis to determine the truth behind them”
  • What on Earth (Science, March 4, Thursdays at 10). “experts look to this state-of-the-art imaging technology to discover bizarre phenomena and strange mysteries”
  • The TS Madison Experience (WE tv, March 4, Thursdays at 10). follows “a loud, brash, and outrageous social media star and influencer with a huge following of adoring fans from her hilarious online shows”
  • Nevenka: Breaking the Silence (Netflix, March 5). “examines Spain’s historic 2001 lawsuit, in which city councilor Nevenka Fernández accused Mayor Ismael Álvarez of sexual harassment”
  • Snow Animals (BBC America, March 6, Saturdays at 8). “Liz Bonnin introduces a cast of charismatic animals to reveal the remarkable strategies they use to survive, and even thrive, in the winter”
  • Tournament of Champions (Food Network, March 7, Sundays at 8). “Guy Fieri is back with the toughest bracket-style culinary competition where 16 of the best chefs from the East and West coasts go head-to-head in sudden-death cooking battles”
  • Naked and Afraid (Discovery, March 7, Sundays at 8). “survivalists must endure hostile climates, lurking predators, and a scarce food and water supply while undergoing the ultimate test of human endurance and willpower”
  • Married to Medicine (Bravo, March 7, Sundays at 9). “Returning this season: Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Contessa Metcalfe, Toya Bush Harris and friends of the cast Lisa Nicole Cloud, Quad Webb and Kari Wells. New cast member Anila Sajja joins this season as wife of Dr. Sajja, mother and fashion blogger
  • Great Food Truck Race (Food Network, March 7, Sundays at 10). “heads north to Alaska for the wildest culinary journey in series history”
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (ABC, March 7, Sundays at 10). “celebrity contestants playing for the charity of their choice and frontline heroes trying their hand at a $1 million prize”
  • Ride with Norman Reedus (AMC, March 7, Sundays at midnight). “Walking Dead star and motorcycle enthusiast Norman Reedus hits the open road on a three-day, two-wheel adventure as he explores local culture both domestic and abroad”
  • Web of Lies (Discovery+, March 8). “unravels tragic stories of deception and manipulation triggered by online interactions”
  • Rock the Block (HGTV, March 8, Mondays at 9). “Ty Pennington will referee the action as the experts battle to maximize the value of identical suburban properties with $225,000 and only six weeks to complete their projects”
  • Moonshiners: Smoke Ring (Discovery+, March 9). “Stephen Ray Tickle along with ‘Hogfather’ Tank Jackson, venture into the deep South in search of the best, often undiscovered, pit masters from around the country to compete”
  • 63 Up (BritBox, March 9). “as the group reaches retirement age, the film is back to discover what they are doing”
  • Last Chance U: Basketball (Netflix, March 10). “viewers will follow the East Los Angeles College Huskies (ELAC) in their high stakes chase to an unprecedented California state basketball championship”
  • Marriage or Mortgage (Netflix, March 10, Netflix). “Nashville-based wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes are here to help couples make this decision”
  • The Masked Singer (Fox, March 10, Wednesdays at 8). Season 5 will start with Niecy Nash substituting for Nick Cannon
  • Operation Awesome (BYUtv, March 10, Wednesdays at 8). “five incredible young people with the biggest, boldest, most amazing ideas for change will … travel to 10 cities across America and work together with local volunteers to help others launch new initiatives”
  • Game of Talents (Fox, March 10, Wednesdays at 9). “pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the surprising, mesmerizing – and sometimes bizarre – hidden talents of the mystery performers”
  • Restaurant: Impossible (Food Network, March 11, Thursdays at 9). Robert Irvine’s show was moved to Discovery+, but now it’s back on TV.
  • Dinner: Impossible (Food Network, March 11, Thursdays at 10). “Robert is challenged to overcome culinary obstacles and deliver a delicious meal before his time runs out”
  • Making Their Mark (Amazon, March 12). “unmasks Australia’s top national sport, the Australian Football League (AFL) through the perspective of six iconic individuals from six teams”
  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (NatGeo WILD, March 13, Saturdays at 9). follows “for Dr. Michelle Oakley, the only all-species vet for hundreds of miles across the Great North”
  • How It Really Happened with Hill Harper (HLN, March 14, Sundays at 9). “delves deeply into some of the most notorious mysteries, trials, and celebrity tragedies of our time”
  • Expedition: Back to the Future (Discovery+, March 15). “Josh Gates and Christopher Lloyd are on a mission to find Hollywood’s most iconic car”
  • Intervention (A&E, March 15, Mondays at 9). “an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction in a new season based in” Las Vegas
  • America’s Most Wanted (Fox, March 15, Mondays at 9). Elizabeth Vargas hosts the return of the show that wants “viewers to be armchair detectives by helping law enforcement solve some of the toughest cases”
  • 16 and Pregnant (MTV, March 16, Tuesdays at 9). “the lives of teenagers as they navigate adolescence while facing unplanned pregnancies and go from high school students to parents-to-be”
  • The Blended Bunch (TLC, March 16, Tuesdays at 9). “the Shemwells, a large, newly blended family that will face all kinds of challenges as they merge 11 children under one roof and adjust to a new life in Utah”
  • Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case (Netflix, March 17). “This true-crime series follows the high-profile court case of Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2013”
  • True Conviction (Discovery+, March 17). Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi “travels across the country to reveal how the nation’s top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases”
  • My Feet are Killing Me: Footnotes (Discovery+, March 18). “features never-before-seen cases with your favorite foot doctors, as well as follow-ups with memorable patients”
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!, March 18, Thursdays at 8). The 20th and final season
  • Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (Discovery, March 18, Thursdays at 8). “challengers will compete for the right to become the Bounty Hunter and fight a Legend. The prize: a unique place in BattleBots history, and the major share of a $25,000 cash prize payout in every episode”
  • Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka (WE tv, March 18, Thursdays at 9). “Hip Hop’s iconic sweethearts Waka Flocka and his fiery wife Tammy Rivera are back”
  • Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump (E!, March 18, Thursdays at 9). Lisa “hosts two to three celebrity guests for an unforgettable night full of cocktails, games, and delicious feasts crafted entirely by Lisa herself”
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix, March 19). “During a shortened 2020 season, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and other top drivers pursue checkered flags”
  • Everything But the House (HGTV, March 19, Fridays at 9). Lara Spencer “works with a team of expert appraisers to help homeowners clear out their houses and cash in on their clutter”
  • Mama June: Road to Redemption (WE tv, March 19, Fridays at 9). “Though some feared she was not committed to recovery, she’s back, sober and ready to heal her fractured family”
  • Dave Turin’s Lost Mine (Discovery, March 19 at 9, then Fridays at 8). “Dave’s dream of achieving financial security and total freedom seems just in reach until tragedy strikes the gold claim”
  • Portals To Hell (Discovery+, March 20, Saturdays). “Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman face off against startling paranormal activity once again”
  • Q: Into the Storm (HBO, March 21, Sundays at 9). “chronicles the evolution of ‘Q’ in real-time with unprecedented access to key players, revealing how the anonymous character known only as ‘Q’ uses conspiracy theories and information warfare to game the internet, hijack politics, and manipulate people’s thinking”
  • Unsung (TV One, March 21, Sundays at 9). “highlights the careers and explores the personal lives of some of the most talented, versatile, and influential black vocal artists.”
  • Uncensored (TV One, March 21, Sundays at 10). “explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success, and obstacles they’ve faced throughout their careers”
  • Hoarders (A&E, March 22, Mondays at 8). “Dr. Robin Zasio and Dr. David Tolin work in tandem to extreme clean up experts Matt Paxton, Cory Chalmers, Dorothy Breininger and new expert Brandon Bronaugh in an effort to help these families”
  • Seeking Sister Wife (TLC, March 22, Mondays at 8). “the lives of five polygamist families, all in various stages of trying to add a sister wife to the nest”
  • Return to Amish (TLC, March 22, Mondays at 9). “tells the stories of the ex-Amish as they try to establish lives outside of the insular world in which they grew up”
  • Shine True (Fuse, March 22, Mondays at 10). “tracks the journeys of trans and non-binary young adults leading up to a big life event”
  • People Magazine Presents (ID and Discovery+, March 22, Mondays at 10). “a deep dive into a case through exclusive interviews, archival footage, and emotional first-hand accounts by family members, law enforcement, and those closest to the crime”
  • Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil (YouTube, March 23). “unprecedented access to the superstar’s personal and musical journey during the most trying time of her life” after her “nearly fatal overdose in 2018”
  • Pig Royalty (Discovery+, March 23). “following a group of unforgettable families as they criss-cross throughout Texas, competing in the unique and crazy world of pig showing”
  • Secrets of a Psychopath (Sundance Now, March 23). “recounts the facts behind the most complex and surprising murder to come before the courts in Irish criminal history”
  • Beyond the Canvas (PBS, March 23 at 9:30, then Tuesdays at 10:30). “showcases some of the nation’s leading cultural creators — musicians, playwrights, comedians, costume designers, among many others — who show us how they turn their visions of the world into art”
  • Baketopia (HBO Max, March 25). Rosanna Pansino hosts as “bakers taking on viral-worthy challenges in a larger-than-life baking wonderland”
  • John Wayne Gacy: Devil In Disguise (Peacock, March 25). “told through the words of Gacy himself, those who were forever changed by his unspeakable deeds and those who believe that the full truth about the case remains concealed to this day”
  • No Demo Reno (HGTV, March 25, Thursdays at 8). Jenn Todryk “combines clever design solutions and cost-saving ideas to create stunning home overhauls for clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area—often without removing walls or tackling large-scale demo”
  • For Real: The Story of Reality TV (E!, March 25, Thursdays at 9). the Andy Cohen hosts a “series explores different themes including celebreality, dating, competition and extreme makeover series”
  • Nightwatch (A&E, March 25, Thursdays at 10). “chronicles the sacrifice and heroic work of the first responders in New Orleans”
  • Nailed It!: Double Trouble (Netflix, March 26). “When two clueless cake ‘artists’ team up, the reveals are even more ridiculous”
  • Ghost Adventures (Discovery+, March 26). Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley “investigate terrifying tales of the paranormal”
  • Magic for Humans by Mago Pop (Netflix, March 26). “Illusionist Mago Pop takes to the streets of Barcelona, where he amazes folks of all ages”
  • Alaska Animal Rescue (NatGeo WILD, March 27, Saturdays at 10). follows “the women first-responders, veterinarians and caretakers of the Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska Raptor Center and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center”
  • Signs of a Psychopath (Discovery+, March 28). “revisits some of the most dangerous killers in modern history, reviewing news footage – and the words of the killers themselves”
  • Running Wild with Bear Grylls (National Geographic, March 29, Mondays at 9). Celebrities include Anthony Mackie, Terry Crews, Gina Carano, and Danica Patrick
  • Race to the Center of the Earth (National Geographic, March 29, Mondays at 10). “an extreme non-elimination competition that follows four groups of adventurers, each starting from different corners of the earth, as they race to a buoy holding the grand prize”
  • The Devil You Know (Vice, March 29, Mondays at 10). “uncovers the proliferation of online cults in America through the investigation of cult leader Sherry J. Shriner”
  • Pooch Perfect (ABC, March 30, Tuesdays at 8). Rebel Wilson hosts “a dog grooming competition series showcasing 10 of the best pet stylists in the country who, along with their assistants, compete in a series of paw-some themed challenges”
  • All-Round Champion (BYUtv, March 30, Tuesdays at 8). “ten of North America’s most decorated young athletes … compete in a variety of summer sports except their own”
  • Unsellable Houses (HGTV, March 30, Tuesdays at 9). “twin sisters Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis, a top-selling real estate duo in the Pacific Northwest, are back to invest their own money to help homeowners struggling to sell their languishing properties”
  • K-Pop Evolution (YouTube, March 31). “the past, present, and future of the global music phenomenon and $10 billion global industry”
  • The Laundry Guy (Discovery+, March 31). Patric Richardson “listens to clients’ meaningful stories behind irreplaceable pieces … and then carefully restores the items”

April 2021

  • The Great Pottery Throw Down (HBO Max, April 1). Season 4 “combines the talents of 12 of the country’s best home potters with the drama of the process of making ceramics”
  • Prank Encounters (Netflix, April 1). “Gaten Matarazzo pulls the strings on a new season of elaborate pranks”
  • The Challenge: All-Stars (Paramount+, April 1, Thursdays). “twenty-two of the most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge All Stars from the original Real World and Road Rules, returning for a chance at the ultimate competition as they vie for their shot at the $500,000 grand prize”
  • Worn Stories (Netflix, April 1). “explores the often-overlooked memoirs in miniature living inside cherished articles of clothing”
  • Notorious Queens (ALLBLK, April 1). “follows four women who have been labeled ‘notorious’ due to their past romantic relationships and … work to leave behind their troublesome pasts and cultivate new experiences”
  • Wipeout (TBS, April 1, Thursdays at 9). John Cena and Nicole Byer host the return of the series, which has “new course elements that will push contestants’ athleticism, endurance and determination to even greater extremes”
  • Top Chef Portland (Bravo, April 1, Thursdays at 8). 15 “chefs compete in a variety of challenges” and will be judged by “host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons” and “all-star winners, finalists and favorites”
  • Moment of Truth (IMDb TV, April 2). “tells the never-before-seen story behind the murder of beloved husband and father James Jordan, as well as the history of social injustice in Robeson County, North Carolina, where two teenagers … were charged and convicted
  • My Lottery Dream Home International (HGTV, April 2, Fridays at 8). Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen “helps lucky winners newly flush with cash search for properties that reflect their wealthier status”
  • Ready to Love (OWN, April 2, Fridays at 9). “the real-life dating interactions of sexy, successful and grown Black men and women who are each looking for lasting love and an authentic relationship”
  • Pit Bulls & Parolees (Discovery, April 2, Saturdays at 8). “more incredible stories of redemption and rescue with Tia and her Villalobos family in their never-ending battle to save man and man’s best friend”
  • My Grandparents’ War (PBS, April 4, Sundays at 8). Actors “Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Carey Mulligan “re-trace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn about the challenges they faced during World War II”
  • If We Built It Today (Science, April 4, Sundays at 10). “experts imagine what would happen if modern engineering was used to build a modern-day” version of ancient structures
  • Hemingway (PBS, April 5 to 7 at 8). Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s series “explores the life and work of the legendary writer and his enduring influence”
  • Wild ‘N Out (MTV, April 6, Tuesdays at 8). “Each episode puts the Old School vs. New School teams against each other in some of the most hilarious, entertaining and outrageous battles”
  • This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist (Netflix, April 7). “legendary works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and others worth over half a billion dollars today were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston”
  • The Big Day (Netflix, April 7). “For six engaged couples, happily ever after begins on a spectacular note in this eye-popping look at India’s multibillion-dollar wedding industry”
  • Wedding Coach (Netflix, April 7). “comedian Jamie Lee is on a hilarious, heartwarming mission to help couples survive the stressful, and sometimes ridiculous, expectations”
  • Making Good (BYUtv, April 7, Wednesdays at 7:30 ET/4:30PT). Kirby Heyborne “volunteers for organizations regardless of the circumstances and his background or experience”
  • Chef Boot Camp (Food Network, April 8, Thursdays at 10). Cliff Crooks “will put a trio of underperforming chefs through a grueling series of challenges to test their real-world culinary skills”
  • Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN, April 10, Saturdays at 9). In the final season, “Iyanla helps those who are struggling, guiding them toward a new way of living and encouraging them to do the work necessary for real change”
  • The People V. The Klan (CNN, April 11, Sundays at 9). “tells the little-known true story of Beulah Mae Donald, a Black mother in Alabama, who took down the Ku Klux Klan after the brutal murder and lynching of her son, Michael Donald”
  • Pray, Obey, Kill (HBO, April 12, Mondays at 9). “revisits one of the most bizarre and confounding crimes in modern Swedish history, exploring new case theories, never-before-seen materials and exclusive interviews”
  • Miz and Mrs (USA, April 12, Mondays at 11). “an exclusive glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of married WWE Superstars” The Miz and Maryse
  • My Love (Netflix, April 13). “filmmakers from six countries around the world follow one elderly couple — together for anywhere from 43 to 60 years — through a year in their lives”
  • Chopped: Martha Rules (Food Network, April 13, Tuesdays at 9). “Martha calls the shots and changes all the rules, any way she wants, as sixteen fearless chefs must compete and learn to pivot to stay in the running for the $50,000 grand prize.”
  • The Circle (Netflix, April 14, Wednesdays). “returns bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes”
  • Bargain Block (HGTV, April 14, Wednesdays at 9). “Home renovation experts Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas fulfill their dream of restoring Motor City’s iconic American neighborhoods one house at a time”
  • Expedition X (Discovery, April 14, Wednesdays at 9). “Jessica and Phil will continue to tackle the strangest mysteries and legends from around the country”
  • Wahl Street (HBO Max, April 15). “a glimpse into global star Mark Wahlberg’s life as he juggles the demands of a rigorous film schedule coupled with an ever-growing network of diverse businesses”
  • Joseline’s Cabaret: Miami (WE tv, April 15, Thursdays at 10). “follows Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta superstar alum Joseline Hernandez in her hometown of Miami, as she creates a sensual cabaret featuring her own original music and a group of dancers”
  • Fear Thy Neighbor (ID, April 15, Thursdays at 10). “tells the chilling tales of those with the misfortune to unwittingly take up residence within a stone’s throw of a psycho – or even a killer”
  • The Year Earth Changed (Apple TV+, April 16). explores “how changes in human behavior — reducing cruise ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year, identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist — can have a profound impact on nature.”
  • Tiny World (Apple TV+, April 16). Paul Rudd narrates “a unique perspective into the natural world, illuminating the ingenuity and resilience of the planet’s smallest creatures”
  • Earth At Night In Color (Apple TV+, April 16). “presents nature’s nocturnal wonders with striking new clarity,” and narrated by Tom Hiddleston
  • The Ghost Brothers: Lights Out (Discovery+, April 17, Saturdays). “What do you get when you combine a celebrity barber with two fashion designers, all with a strong curiosity in the unknown? The first and only black paranormal crusaders seeking the truth in the spiritual realm!”
  • Biography (A&E, April 18, Sundays at 8). The show returns to tell “the stories behind some of the most memorable WWE Superstars of all time including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin,“Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Ultimate Warrior”
  • Confronting a Serial Killer (Starz, April 18, Sundays at 9). the “relationship between acclaimed New York Times best-selling author and memoirist Jillian Lauren (‘Some Girls: My Life in a Harem’) and the most prolific serial killer in American history, Samuel Little, and her race against time to identify his victims”
  • Couples Therapy (Showtime, April 18, Sundays at 10). “an authentic and visceral look at weekly therapy sessions with world-class therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik”
  • WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures (A&E, April 18, Sundays at 10). Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque “hunt for some of WWE’s most iconic missing memorabilia including Kane’s original mask, Ric Flair’s Butterfly Robe, Andy Kaufman’s neckbrace” and more
  • National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot (NatGeo digital, April 19). “the powerful stories of resilient young women around the globe who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things”
  • Black Ink Crew: New York (VH1, April 19, Mondays at 8). “will highlight the crew emerging from isolation and adapting to their new normal, as they work to elevate themselves, their community and strive to be better than ever before at their new flagship shop in Brooklyn”
  • Couples Retreat (VH1, April 19, Mondays at 8). “cast members will take part in an honest and uncensored conversation” that will be “celebrating Black love
  • Sasquatch (Hulu, April 20). 25 years later, “investigative journalist David Holthouse” investigates “a story that still haunts him: On a nearby farm three men were torn limb from limb in a savage Bigfoot attack”
  • Chopped 420 (Discovery+, April 20). Ron Funches hosts as “four budding cannabis chefs” compete in “three rounds – appetizer, entrée, and dessert – from a mystery basket of ingredients”
  • Deadliest Catch: Bloodline (Discovery+, April 20). “Josh Harris and his business partner, Casey McManus, set out on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Hawaii after discovering the late Captain Phil Harris’ fishing charts”
  • Izzy’s Koala World (Netflix, April 20). “Young koala caretaker Izzy Bee and her family rescue cuddly creatures in need and help them head back into the wild on Australia’s Magnetic Island”
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel, April 20, Tuesdays at 8; Discovery+, March 19, then new episodes Tuesdays starting April 20). On season 17, “the fleet will need to make sacrifices and band together across lines – even with long-sworn enemies”
  • Storage Wars (A&E, April 20, Tuesdays at 9). “America’s favorite treasure hunters continue the search for valuable repossessed storage lockers”
  • Philly D.A. (PBS, April 20, Tuesdays at 9). “explores the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of an idealistic team attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system”
  • Hustle & Tow (A&E, April 20, Tuesdays at 10). “a close-up look at America’s unsung essential workers who perform daily under extremely dangerous conditions, despite every imaginable encounter with unexpected terrain, wildlife and weather: tow truck drivers”
  • Undercover Billionaire (Discovery Channel, April 20, Tuesdays at 10). “three successful entrepreneurs…are betting $1 million that they can … start their own business with just $100 and top the million-dollar mark in just 90 days”
  • Married at First Sight: Unmatchables (Lifetime, April 21, Wednesdays at 10). “works to match 16 applicants from previous seasons by helping them discover another chance at love”
  • Ellen’s Next Great Designer (HBO Max, April 22, Thursdays). “design aficionado Ellen DeGeneres is giving uniquely talented, up-and-coming furniture designers the chance to push their creativity to the limit”
  • Secrets of the Whales (Disney+, April 22). “unveils new science and technology to spotlight whales as they make lifelong friendships, teach clan heritage and traditions to their young, and grieve deeply for the loss of loved ones”
  • Life in Color (Netflix, April 22). “David Attenborough travels the world from the rainforests of Costa Rica to the snowy Scottish Highlands to reveal the extraordinary and never-before-seen ways animals use color”
  • Generation Hustle (HBO Max, April 22). “follows brilliant and brazen young entrepreneurs who use cunning and creativity to pull off the most wildly inventive high-stakes gambles of the new millennium”
  • Create Together (YouTube, April 22). “Joseph Gordon-Levitt again invites people from all over the world to come together and create art, music, mini-docs, short films and more”
  • Action Planet (Discovery+, April 22). “will highlight the work of high-profile changemakers including Common, Jane Fonda, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrian Grenier, and Greta Thunberg.”
  • Big Trick Energy (truTV, April 22, Thursdays at 10:30). “master magicians and mischievous daredevils Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker and Alex Boyer venture into the real world to both shock and awe unsuspecting spectators”
  • Top Gear (BBC America, April 25, Sundays at 8). “hosts Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness hit the road again in a series of challenges designed to push them and their cars to the limit
  • 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? (TLC, April 25, Sundays at 8). “catches up with unforgettable couples from previous seasons of the 90 Day universe”
  • Naked and Afraid XL (Discovery, April 25, Sundays at 8). “all-star survivalists must raise the bar in both skill and innovation as they take on the deadly swamps of Louisiana for an epic, never-before-attempted 60-day challenge”
  • Extreme Sisters (TLC, April 25, Sundays at 10). “following the most obsessive and inseparable sibling relationships”
  • Exposure (Hulu, April 26). “eight talented and ambitious photographers competing for a $250,000 prize and the title of America’s best mobile photographer”
  • $50K Three Ways (HGTV, April 26, Mondays at 8). Tiffany Brooks “will guide each homeowner through three colorful, carefully curated design choices and work with them to select the one approach that perfectly reflects their personal story and current needs”
  • Inside Out (HGTV, April 26, Mondays at 9). “follows Carmine, a real estate agent and interior designer, and Mike, a landscape designer, as they each pitch their design plans to clients”
  • Wizard of Paws (BYUtv, April 28, Wednesdays at 9 ET/6PT). “animal prosthetist Derrick Campana … travels the country in pursuit of animals in desperate need of his services”
  • Human (PBS, April 28, Wednesdays at 10). “Through an examination of stories from around the world, learn all about the incredible systems that define our biology as a species”
  • Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (Discovery+, April 29). “Duff and his entertaining [Jim Henson Company] puppet friends teach fundamental cooking techniques and tasty, easy-to-make recipes”
  • The Big Shot with Bethenny (HBO Max, April 29, Thursdays). “the next generation of business moguls will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to business tycoon and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel”
  • Flip or Flop (HGTV, April 29, Thursdays at 9). “Real estate experts Tarek El Moussa and Christina Haack … will continue to buy, renovate and sell rundown properties with potential in Southern California while co-parenting their kids”
  • Pet Stars (Netflix, April 30). “Follow talent management company Pets on Q as they work with the biggest animal influencers on social media”
  • Bering Sea Gold (Discovery, April 30, Fridays at 9). “familiar faces battle in a free-for-all to claim the richest grounds on the Bering Sea”

May 2021

  • Living By Design with Jake and Jazz (Cleo, May 1, Saturdays at 9). “the Smollett sibling duo return to … celebrate their trendy renovations with delectable recipes from the Smollett family”
  • Asian Americans (PBS, May 1, Saturdays at 10). “explores the impact of Asian Americans on the country’s past, present and future, told through individual lives and personal histories”
  • Home Town Takeover (HGTV, May 2, Sundays at 8). Ben and Erin Napier will complete “12 major renovations all over Wetumpka, [Alabama,] including restaurants, shops, historic homes, public spaces, a new farmers’ market, and even an entire downtown street”
  • The Story of Late Night (CNN, May 2, Sundays at 9). “will take viewers on a journey through late-night television’s most memorable moments”
  • Unearthed (Science, May 2, Sundays at 9). “combines scientific investigations and expert insight with stunning CGI animation to unearth the hidden secrets behind these famed monuments and reveal how and why they were created”
  • United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN, May 2, Sundays at 10). “follows socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores communities across the country to understand the issues that impact them”
  • Bar Rescue (Paramount, May 2, Sundays at 10). Jon Taffer “will focus on the city of Las Vegas” in the new season
  • Deep Water Salvage (Weather Channel, May 2, Sundays at 10). “follows some of the world’s best marine construction firms as they battle against the elements and the clock to salvage valuable property and fortunes of others from the effects of extreme weather”
  • Best Baker in America (Food Network, May 3, Mondays at 9). Carla Hall hosts as 10 bakers compete in “challenges designed to put their baking skills and technical proficiency to the test for a chance to walk away with $25,000”
  • Antiques Roadshow: Celebrity Edition (PBS, May 3, Mondays at 8). “appraisers provide expert insights and explore history through their personal stories” of “notable people from the worlds of comedy, film, TV, literature, music and sports”
  • The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo, May 4, Tuesdays at 9). Returning are Leah McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan, plus new cast member Eboni K. Williams
  • Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, May 4, Tuesdays at 9). “Nev Schulman and co-host Kamie Crawford are back to track down online impersonators who have been taking advantage of people”
  • Survivalists (BYUtv, May 4, Tuesdays at 9ET/6PT). Two families “embark on a three-day survival immersion course in the wild to reconnect and repair their relationships”
  • The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (History, May 4 at 10, then Tuesdays at 9). “unprecedented access to one of the most infamous and secretive hotspots of paranormal and UFO-related activities on earth”
  • Unbreakable (Fuse, May 4, Tuesdays at 11). “follows the lives of young adults with disabilities as they overcome extraordinary obstacles to reach their dreams”
  • Kids Say the Darndest Things (CBS, May 5, Wednesdays at 8). “showcases Tiffany Haddish’s unparalleled comedy talents, using her singular voice, humor and life perspective to interact with real kids from across the country in an honest, unpredictable and hilarious way”
  • Human: The World Within (PBS, May 5 at 9, then Wednesdays at 10). “Experts at the vanguard of science and medicine show how the fantastic feats humans are capable of trace back to the body’s incredible resilience” 
  • Legendary (HBO Max, May 6, Thursdays). “MC Dashaun Wesley along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion will crown the last house standing”
  • From Cradle to Stage (Paramount+, May 6, Thursdays). “each episode features a famous performer and their mother, alongside Dave [Grohl] and Virginia [Hanlon Grohl], as they take an impassioned journey home and explore each artists’ upbringing and the tools they received”
  • Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch (Discovery, May 6, Thursdays at 8). “the entire Raney family must rally around each other to rebuild from the fire and survive the rapidly approaching freeze”
  • Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo, May 6, Thursdays at 9). “Returning agents include: Ryan Serhant, Fredrik Eklund, Steve Gold, and Tyler Whitman. Newcomer Kirsten Jordan joins as the first female broker for this series.”
  • Queen of Meth (Discovery+, May 7). “Lori Arnold, a former ‘queenpin’ and sister to celebrity Tom Arnold, … ran a sprawling multi-state meth empire”
  • Top Gear America (MotorTrend App, May 7, Fridays). “Dax, Rob and Jethro will return for more motorized mischief and supercharged adventures”
  • My Lottery Dream Home (HGTV, May 7, Fridays at 8). David Bromstad shows lottery winners “how to maximize their windfall and live their best lives in a new place that fulfills their wish list”
  • Happily Wherever (HGTV, May 7, Fridays at 8:30). couples “will explore what their budget can buy in their current city compared to two smaller markets in vastly different parts of the country”
  • Meet the Meerkats (Discovery+, May 8). Rob Delaney narrates “the journey of three rehabilitated mobs, most of whom were snatched from the wild as pups and returned to their rightful home in Africa after being rescued from the illegal wildlife trade”
  • Louisiana Law (Animal Planet, May 9, Sundays at 9). “follows the men and women of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as they patrol”
  • Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (PBS, May 11, Tuesdays at 8). “examines the science and medical innovations that conquered some of the world’s deadliest diseases and doubled life expectancies for many across the globe”
  • Little People, Big World (TLC, May 11, Tuesdays at 9). “returns with wedding planning for Amy, farm ownership decisions for Matt and new milestones for Zach and Tori’s babies”
  • Clipped (Discovery+, May 12, Wednesdays). “the first competition series set in the spectacular world of topiary” will be hosted by Michael Urie and judged by Martha Stewart
  • Siesta Key (MTV, May 12, Wednesdays at 8). “focuses on Juliette and Kelsey hustling to launch their businesses, Brandon embarking on his unexpected journey into fatherhood, Chloe refocusing her energy, and Madisson’s nuptials”
  • The Hills: New Beginnings (MTV, May 12, Wednesdays at 9). “Audrina Patridge, Ashley Wahler, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Jennifer Delgado, Justin ‘Bobby’ Brescia, Kaitlynn Carter, Spencer Pratt and Whitney Port return for the iconic series alongside newcomer Caroline D’Amore. Kristin Cavallari will also appear.”
  • Homemade Astronauts (Discovery+, May 13). “will document three self-financed teams who dream of becoming some of the first private citizens to launch themselves into space”
  • Growing Up Hip Hop (WE tv, May 13, Thursdays at 9). “Grammy Award-winning producer Stevie J, daughter Savannah and son Stevie Jr., as well as famed industry vet Luther ‘Uncle Luke’ Campbell and daughter Cree, join the stacked cast this year”
  • Sins of The City (TV One, May 13, Thursdays at 9). “depicts investigators working through the evidence to secure case leads, as narration and interviews capture the history behind each city’s woeful tale”
  • Pride (FX, May 14 and 21, at 8, and Hulu, May 22). “a six-part documentary series chronicling the struggle for LGBTQ+ civil rights in America decade-by-decade from the 1950s onward”
  • Black Love (OWN, May 14, Fridays at 9). “real, honest, emotional, and transparent love stories from some of the most successful people in business and entertainment as well as everyday couples”
  • The Undateables (Discovery+, May 15). “returns to follow the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love”
  • Shahs of Sunset (Bravo, May 16, Sundays at 8). “Returning for season nine: Reza Farahan, Mercedes ‘MJ’ Javid, Mike Shouhed, Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi, Destiney Rose, and Nema Vand. Friend London Laed joins”
  • Fall River (EPIX, May 16, Sundays at 10). “the true story of a town caught in the grips of the paranoia and fear around the 1980s Satanic Panic, and will shed light on murders that were thought to have been solved”
  • Botched (E!, May 18, Tuesdays at 9). “Drs. Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow bring their unparalleled surgical skills and hilarious banter back to the O.R. for another season of mind-blowing patient transformations”
  • The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo, May 19, Mondays at 8). Returning for an emotionally charged season 11: Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley, and Garcelle Beauvais” with Sutton Stracke
  • Life at the Waterhole (PBS, May 19, Wednesdays at 8). “Dr. M. Sanjayan works with local communities to build a unique waterhole on the African savannah, rigging it with cameras to reveal the never-before-seen drama”
  • The Me You Can’t See (Apple TV+, May 21). “Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry guide honest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their mental health journeys and struggles”
  • 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything (Apple TV+, May 29). “explores a year of musical innovation and rebirth fueled by the political and cultural upheaval of the time. “
  • Critter Fixers: Country Vets (NatGeo WILD, May 22, Saturdays at 9). follows Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson, “lifelong friends who own and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, located 100 miles south of Atlanta”
  • Kindred Spirits (Travel Channel, May 22, Saturdays at 9). “Amy Bruni and Adam Berry take on the most emotional and terrifying cases of their careers as they help real families tormented by the spirits of late relatives”
  • Snapped:  Killer Couples (Oxygen, May 23, Sundays at 8). “the stories behind the couples’ romance, how their relationship evolved once love turned to manipulation, and what ultimately drove them to illicit activity”
  • Secrets of the Lost Ark (Science Channel, May 23, Sundays at 10). “This real-life treasure hunt will follow the clues” to finding the Ark of the Covenant while a “team of researchers will examine its many unsolved mysteries.”
  • Chopped Next Gen (Discovery+, May 25). Liza Koshy hosts as “young competitors bring the flair and flavor to the Chopped kitchen through three rounds to solve the algorithm of mandatory, mystery basket ingredients”
  • Between Black and Blue (Sundance Now, May 25). “tells the extraordinary story of two New York City detectives who are convicted of a sensational murder, their decades-long fight to clear their names”
  • Mental Samurai (Fox, May 25 at 8, then Tuesdays at 9). Rob Lowe hosts the game show where contestants are asked easy questions while being thrashed around
  • 7 Little Johnstons (TLC, May 25, Tuesdays at 8). “all the Johnstons back [are] together under one roof, but now the older children are anxious to break out on their own”
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix, May 26). “Food writer Stephen Satterfield embarks on a vibrant and powerful culinary journey that celebrates the courage, artistry, and resourcefulness of the African American people”
  • 40 Year Old Property Virgin (Discovery+, May 26). “follows an array of first-time buyers as they try to find their first place all while navigating the opinions of family, friends and nosy neighbors”
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home (HGTV, May 26, Wednesdays at 8). Drew and Jonathan Scott “unlock a home’s full potential through renovation and redesign”
  • Press Your Luck (ABC, May 26, Wednesdays at 8). Elizabeth Banks hosts “a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes”
  • Crime Scene Kitchen (Fox, May 26, Wednesdays at 9). “a culinary guessing game in which bakers are tasked with decoding what type of dessert was made, when all that’s left are the crumbs, flour trails and a few elusive clues”
  • The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC, May 26, Wednesdays at 9). Michael Strahan hosts “the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock”
  • Curse of Akakor (Discovery Channel, May 26, Wednesdays at 10). “an international team of investigators are following in the footsteps of” 1980s “explorers [who] set out to find the legendary cities of Akakor and Akahim in the Amazon jungle, but one by one, they disappeared”
  • La Máscara Del Amor (The Mask Of Love) (EstrellaTV, May 27, Thursdays at 9). “features singles seeking to find their match—both male and female and same-sex couples— … through games and challenges by five masked suitors”
  • Haunted Hospitals (Discovery+, May 28, Fridays). “tells chilling tales of paranormal activity inside hospitals, nursing homes, morgues and medical institutions”
  • 90 Day: Foody Call (Discovery+, May 29). “couples from the franchise invite you into their kitchens and dish on recipes for relationship success, all while preparing traditional meals from their home countries.”
  • Unexplained: Caught on Camera (Discovery+, May 30, Sundays). “hear firsthand from those who recorded the remarkable footage and meet experts who will attempt to explain the often terrifying unexplainable”
  • The Parisian Agency: Exclusive Properties (Netflix, May 31). “follows the members of the Kretz family of Paris and their luxury real estate business”
  • American Ninja Warrior (NBC, May 31, Mondays at 8). “The new season will feature more than 400 competitors and, for the first time in ANW history, the age limit to compete is being lowered to 15”
  • Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns (Fox, May 31, Mondays at 8). Contestants age 23 and younger “are put through rigorous culinary challenges – reaping high stakes rewards and punishments”
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic, May 31, Mondays at 9). “Ramsay will partake in culinary customs, learn about delicious delicacies and taste fresh flavors unique to each region”
  • sMothered (TLC, May 31, Mondays at 10). “Everyone’s favorite sMothered pairings are returning along with some brand new mother/daughter duos that will leave jaws on the floor.”
  • Breaking Bobby Bones (National Geographic, May 31, Mondays at 10). Bobby Bones is “traveling to far-flung destinations across the country to find people with unique jobs, skills, hobbies and abilities”
  • Small Fortune (NBC, May 31, Mondays at 10).  Lil Rel Howery hosts as “teams of three from various backgrounds … work together to earn a shot at competing for the $250,000 cash prize”

For June 2021 and later, see the summer 2021 reality TV schedule and guide.

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