It’s time for three more nonfiction podcast recommendations: reality TV in audio form. Today: Harsh Reality, The Rumor, and Lolita Podcast.
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.)
Iron Chef and longtime Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli stars in a new Food Network competition that pits her against three talented chefs. It has echoes of Tournament of Champions, and is similar to Beat Bobby Flay, but is much better.
HBO Max’s Finding Magic Mike, a dance competition based on the Channing Tatum movie, is a surprisingly emotional dance competition that has both heart and heat.
Two reality shows following groups of 20-something people—random strangers in Austin, Black friends in Los Angeles—deliver very different kinds of drama.
In its third season, Tough As Nails stepped up its challenge game, creating competitions that highlighted the difficulty of certain kinds of work but were also just very entertaining to watch.
Peacock’s Top Chef Family Style may have pre-teen and teenage contestants (paired with family members), but it is otherwise indistinguishable from Top Chef, which is why it’s so terrific.
Blown Away: Christmas brings back Cat, Andi, Alexander, Edgar, and Nao to compete in four holiday-themed challenges for $20,000. But it’s dropped Nick Uhas as host, replacing him with Bobby Berk.