Three nonfiction podcast recommendations, including the story of a Shark Tank and American Ninja Warrior producer whose BFF conned him, and an in-depth look at the comic strip Cathy.
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.)
The Great British Bake-Off finalist Andrew Smyth’s “bakineering” talents have become a Netflix competition series that pairs bakers and engineers and challenges them to create functional things out of edible materials. Highly recommended!
Squeaky Clean, a cleaning competition hosted by Leslie Jordan that I absolutely recommend, is one of the former Quibi shows that is now streaming for free, on the web and via The Roku Channel app.
Amazon’s compelling documentary series LuLaRich effectively tells the story of the multi-level marketing company LuLaRoe. But the podcast The Dream is even better at exploring MLMs.
ABC’s Ultimate Surfer surprised me in many ways. It’s a talent competition that takes place thanks to a wave machine at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, and also involves strategy between the surfers.
If you liked the early seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, where actual owners in their actual food trucks competed against each other, you’ll probably like Burger Truck Brawl, on which the Billionaire Burger Boyz compete against a different truck in each episode.
HBO’s Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump is a pleasant and charming reality TV show set at a small news station near Las Vegas that celebrates its quirky characters, and the work they do.