Lil Rel hosts Small Fortune, an NBC competition game show on which teams of three attempt challenging tasks on amusing, tiny little sets. Highly recommended.
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.)
Top Chef Portland has been near-perfect, everything I want from both a reality competition and Bravo’s marquee reality series: great challenges; strong, likable contestants; and several surprises.
Independent Lens’s enthralling PBS documentary reality series Philly D.A. watches from inside to see what happens when someone tries to change the system.
Showtime’s phenomenal and perfect reality TV series Couples Therapy is back for an even-better second season, during which Dr. Orna Guralnik works with three new couples in New York City.
On National Geographic Channel’s Race to the Center of the Earth, which is from the creators of The Amazing Race, four teams of three people race across four different routes, trying to win $1 million. But it’s very different from Amazing Race.
Nicole Byer, Jacques Torres, and Whes all return for Nailed It! Double Trouble, which brings pairs of contestants to compete together, but leaves the core of Nailed It alone.
Norm calls The Real World Homecoming: New York a time machine, but for me it’s a wormhole between this pandemic year and my teenage years, allowing instant passage back and forth, so we can live in two places at once. And it’s perfect.