The next time you find yourself flipping through the channels or looking over streaming apps to find something to watch, consider turning to reality shows instead of scripted television shows. Reality shows now run the gamut from cooking shows that feature celeb chefs like Gordon Ramsey to dancing shows that let you see some of your favorite stars dance across the screen. No matter where you live, whether you have a Netflix account or if you still rely on cable, there are still a few top reality shows that you should watch, including current and previous seasons.
Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing is a reality competition show that pits celebrities from different areas against each other. They partner with a professional dancer, learn at least one new dance every week and compete live in front of an audience and panel of judges. The show is so popular that it inspired Dancing With the Stars in America and similar shows in countries around the week. While some think Craig Revel Horwood is the odds on favorite to win the current season, his competition stepped up their game in recent weeks, which leaves fans wondering who will come out on top.
Fans of cooking shows often pick Top Chef as one of their favorite reality shows. Top Chef picks professional chefs to compete in multiple challenges every week. They might have 20 minutes to create a recipe using an ingredient on the spot or more than 24 hours to work in teams and create dishes for an upcoming party. A panel of professional chefs and food experts pick their three favorite and least favorite dishes each episode and eliminate at least one chef. The show even had a spin off devoted to dessert chefs.
Gordon Ramsey owns several restaurants in the United States and Britain and appears on a handful of TV shows every year. One show that fans pick as their favorite is Kitchen Nightmares. Originally broadcast in the UK, there is now an American version of the show too. Ramsey goes to failing restaurants, meets with the chefs, talks to customers and offers helpful suggestions on how to turn those restaurants around.
Reality shows let you escape for an hour and enjoy watching drama unfold in front of you. Some of the top reality shows currently on the air include Top Chef, Strictly Come Dancing and Kitchen Nightmares.