If you watch Bravo or E! reality shows that follow wealthy people, none of what Bling Empire offers will be surprising. Yet it’s also a thoroughly enjoyable—and just wait until you meet Anna Shay.
Great reality TV shows, outstanding documentary series, must-read stories about reality show stars and productions, and must-listen reality podcasts—everything that reality blurred editor and TV critic Andy Dehnart recommends. (Learn more about Andy.)
“What exactly is American food? And what makes us American?” Padma asks at the start of every episode of her Hulu series Taste the Nation, which highlights American foods and the people who make these quintessential dishes.
A review of The Great British Baking Show season 11, which is Netflix’s collection 8, and wrapped up Thanksgiving week.
Four podcast recommendations: Two game shows that can be interactive listens (Factorious and The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Show), and two in which people just read to you (LeVar Burton Reads and Phoebe Reads a Mystery).
Netflix’s new reality show Deaf U follows students at Gallaudet University is immediately and instantly charming.
Netflix’s new barbecue cooking competition The American Barbecue Showdown covers well-worn territory, but it does so well—especially with its terrific cast, including judge Melissa Cookston.
All three seasons of The Great Pottery Throw Down are now on HBO Max, and it’s just as charming and wonderful—and perhaps even better than—The Great British Baking Show.