With 42 out of 50 states under strict stay-at-home orders, the vast majority of Americans are making the difficult transition to spending almost 100% of their time at home. This means being isolated away from friends and extended family, and forgoing hobbies and pastimes outside of your home that you usually enjoy.
For many people, this has resulted in a lot more screen time. While it’s great to work out and spend time being active, many people have been coping with the added down time and stress by binge-watching reality TV. This guilty pleasure offers a bit of distraction during these trouble times, as well as a way to connect with loved ones from afar.
Whether you watch these shows only for your private enjoyment, or have an ongoing text chain with girlfriends or family members about the episode-by-episode twists and turns, there’s no wrong way to indulge. The only issue comes when you finish a show and don’t have anything to watch next! To help you decide on your next indulgence, here’s a list of our favorite reality TV shows.
Tiger King is a documentary show that dropped on Netflix on March 20th. It’s currently one of the most popular TV shows in the United States, with more than 34.3 million unique viewers in the first 10 days alone. This series showcases the wild life of Joe Exotic, a gay redneck zookeeper and tiger enthusiast from rural Oklahoma. Over seven episodes, the filmmakers explore Joe’s empire, as well as his personal and legal drama that seems to involve every big cat enthusiast south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Shahs of Sunset
With 8 full seasons to go through, now is a great time to start Shahs of Sunset, a reality TV show from Bravo that follows the lives of a group of Iranian-Americans living in luxury in Beverly Hills. While there’s been some cast turnover over the years, the main cast consisting of Reza Farahan, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, and Mercedes Javid has remained consistent. Tune in on Hulu, YouTube TV, or Sling TV.
Love is Blind
There’s never been a better time to explore the possibility of falling in love before you meet in person. Netflix’s latest reality show Love is Blind attempts to answer the question ‘is love really blind?’ by asking 30 men and women to get to know each other in isolated pods where they aren’t allowed to see each other until they agreed to get married. We don’t want to spoil the show, but we can say that some people do end up meeting in person, and the drama is incredible.
Although it’s not airing new episodes, you can still watch the HGTV classic Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaineson Hulu, YouTube TV, and fuboTV. With more than 75 episodes full of shiplap, barn doors, and wainscoting, it’s not a surprise that many people are tuning back into this fun show to beat quarantine boredom.