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.
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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.)
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.
MTV’s 16 and Recovering, which follows students, faculty, and staff at Northshore Recovery High School in Mass., is exceptional reality television.
World’s Toughes Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is an excellent reality series, frequently uplifting and thrilling, despite the unnecessary addition of host Bear Grylls.
Canada’s Drag Race premiered on cable TV in the United States on Monday, and revealed itself to be an updated version of the drag race competition.
A review of The CW’s Killer Camp, a playfully stupid show that left me with several questions, such as how the eliminated contestant is chosen to be murdered. I have answers.
Tough as Nails spends way too much time insisting its blue-collar contestants are better than other people, but once you get past that, there’s a fascinating competition with solid challenges here.
This collection of recommended reads and listens includes a discussion tonight between Black Survivor cast members. Plus: the Heroes vs. Villains Ponderosa band that nearly led to a jury mutiny.
Holey Moley’s first season was great fun. Season two is even better, which is to say it’s far more insane and more like Wipeout—yet also more of a legitimate competition.
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott, and Ben Stiller are certainly not the world’s best escape room team, but with Jack Black as their game master, they are quite entertaining.
Four reality TV recommendations from the past week, including Survivor: Winners at War’s Ponderosa videos, plus a special episode of Hollywood Game Night and last week’s Celebrity Drag Race.
Between its family visit episode and now its modified version of Restaurant Wars, Top Chef All Stars LA has been on fire.
Tirdy Works, a new reality show on truTV, has non-stop moose turd puns but also a lot of warmth and heart. It’s the shit, and I highly recommend it.
Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Eric Ripert, and other chefs watch—and comment on—episodes of Julia Child’s The French Chef in this new show. Highly recommended.
With its comedian contestants and absurdly silly dances, E!’s The Funny Dance Show is a fun hour.