Welcome to Wrexham, FX’s reality TV show about Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s purchase of Wrexham AFC, a football team in Wales, has varying levels of access and insight, but still offers an engaging story.
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.)
Snake in the Grass is a promising format: one-episode versions of The Mole, and some terrific reality TV alum competing in some episodes. But there’s just not enough game for them to play.
ABC’s Claim to Fame, on which relatives of celebrities attempt to guess each others’ relatives, has a lot of promise, and some frustrating dumbing-down of its own editing.
The Hotel Inspector, a long-running British reality TV show starring Ruth Watson and Alex Polizzi, is now streaming free in the United States. Highly recommended!
I’ve always been a fan of Legendary’s artistry, but the show, especially in season one, was a wreck. Now, in its third season, it’s really focused on what matters most: its houses, their performers, and their performances.
I’m back with more recommendations for outstanding nonfiction podcasts: Normal Gossip, Ghost Church, Being Trans, and Wild Boys. Give them a listen!
If you liked Adam Ruins Everything, you’ll like The G Word with Adam Conover, which adds more reality and unscripted elements as it explores various aspects of how government affects us.