Leslie Jones is great as a fan hosting her favorite game show, Supermarket Sweep, but it’s not hitting the nostalgia button in quite the same way as other ABC game shows.
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All reality show and documentary TV reviews on reality blurred by TV critic Andy Dehnart. (Learn more about Andy.)
Netflix’s new reality show Deaf U follows students at Gallaudet University is immediately and instantly charming.
Luke Wilson acts as hard as he can while hosting ABC’s Emergency Call from what appears to be an escape room. The show also uses actors to portray people calling 911, and misses an opportunity to really focus on dispatchers.
Jane Lynch is the host of a reboot of the 2001 game show where contestants vote each other off between each round.
Both HBO’s The Vow and Showtime’s Love Fraud take us along in real time, and we meet people who talk about how they were defrauded and/or dehumanized—by NXIVM and Richard Scott Smith, respectively.
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.
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.
ABC promised that Dancing with the Stars 29 would get a “creative refresh” and “fresh take.” But it’s the same show as it always has been—just now with Tyra Banks and terrible fake audience noises.
Netflix’s Get Organized with The Home Edit is the spiritual opposite of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which was all about paring things down. The Home Edit is about buying more, and then arranging it to look Instagram perfect.
MTV’s 16 and Recovering, which follows students, faculty, and staff at Northshore Recovery High School in Mass., is exceptional reality television.
Discovery Channel’s Dodgeball Thunderdome was filmed this summer, putting people’s lives at risk to produce one of the worst reality competitions I’ve ever seen.
World’s Toughes Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is an excellent reality series, frequently uplifting and thrilling, despite the unnecessary addition of host Bear Grylls.
CBS has renewed Phil Keoghan’s Tough As Nails for season two, which will film this fall. After its first two episodes, it kept improving, and its cast has consistently surprised me. Plus: great challenges!
RHONY used to be light and fun. But then Bethenny left, and so did everyone who knew how to tell a coherent story other than drunken fighting. Also: Who is Elyse and why is she everywhere?
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.