Here are 22 Reality TV Shows to Enhance Your Drama-Free Life
Reality TV is seriously our generation’s version of la telenovela, but it’s so much juicer because its “real life.” These shows will get you through the end of Mercury in retrograde (April 15), so hole up this weekend, and be grateful to not be involved in this drama.
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1. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami”
“Love & Hip Hop” has a special place in my heart for bringing us stars like Amara La Negra, Cardi B. and all the spin-off shows in between. Pick a “Love & Hip Hop,” any “Love & Hip Hop” and let the drama become one with you.
2. FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”
If you and your tias aren’t already betting on whose going to win and swearing to boycott the show almost every week they send someone home, then please introduce this show to your family traditions. It’s got all of America’s favorites: inspiring stories, moves like JLo, and even lyrical dancing to Maya Angelou.
3. Netflix’s “Girls Incarcerated”
Netflix killed it with this one. It’s the kind of reality TV that will break your heart and mend it all over again. This docu-type series peers into the lives of the young women, almost exclusively POC, at the best girls’ detention facility in the country.
4. NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”
LMFAO, JK. Would you have ever guessed America would vote for this host to be president? Well, we didn’t because he lost the popular vote, but the world is in flames, so who’s counting.
5. The Food Networks’ “Worst Celebrity Cooks”
This one is premiering this weekend with Latoya Jackson and you know I’ll be eating my perfectly simmered rice & beans with evenly fried plantains.
6. National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan”
While this show ended back in 2012, it’s still streaming on Hulu and still not helping me train my yappy dogs. This show just confirms my abuela’s suspicions that Cesar Milan is St. Francis reincarnate performing milagros on reality TV. De acuerdo, Nana.
7. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”
Every time a Latino celebrity makes the show, I start doing my TD dance, because you already know whose going to slay this season. #TheseHipsDontLie
8. E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”
They are America’s new Kennedy fam, and tbh I’m here for a family of color full of female entrepreneurs living their best lives. Watch KIUTK to stay in the innerworkings of someone else’s family drama or be like me and just get your news from the inevitable memes.
9. The Discovery Channel’s “The Last Alaskans”
Guys, this show is ~bananas~ for real, and these two are my couple dynamic goals. Just fast forward through the hunting scenes and watch these families survive in the remote tundra of Alaska.
10. mitú and go90’s “High Cuisine”
Shameless self-promotion, but really this show is for you, our high supporters of vegan cuisine. Two chefs will battle head-to-head in a “high” stakes cooking challenge, where they must create vegan dishes for celebrity judges while high out of their minds. For real.
11. VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: New York”
It’s the show that brought Cardi B. to our living rooms for the first time, and we’re not letting it out of our sight. God bless #LHHNY forever and ever, ámen.
12. FOX’s “Master Chef Junior”
Nobody’s got time for all these British white dudes with superiority complexes, BUT, throw in some adorable masterful kiddos and bro is cool as a cucumber. Let the memes flourish from this one.
13. E!’s “Christina Milian Turned Up”
Ever wondered what happened to Christina Milan? Now you don’t have to! She’s letting us in on her whoooole life on “Christina Milan Turned Up.” But first, watch Be Cool to see her perform with Steven Tyler.
14. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”
The women in this show are ? e v e r y t h i n g ?. Look out for Joseline Hernandez reppin’ all the bisexual boricuas out there and looking bae af.
15. VH1’s “Teyana & Iman”
This is a brand new reality show that is #relationshipgoals af. Afro-Trinidadian Teyana Taylor is a famous choreographer (think Beyonce and Chris Brown famous) and her hubbie, Iman is a baller. Watch them sass each other, love each other, and nurture their baby girl, Junie, and try to hold it together for the week between each episode.
16. Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid”
AHHH, this show is freakin’ savage. Premise: release one man & one woman, both strangers to each other, butt-ass naked in a random remote wilderness and see if they can survive three weeks out there. But watch from the comfort of your own home. #key 😉
17. Netflix’s “Queer Eye”
To recover from “Naked and Afraid,” this Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will make you feel sparkly and new. Set aside time for the inevitable hours you’ll want to spend organizing your house, journalling, and food prepping. This show seriously had me crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time.
18. NBC’s “The Voice”
Because talent competition shows are truly life. The drama is usually something inspiring, and so are their voices. Oh, and this is a show where the popular vote actually counts. 🙂 #VoteLatino
19. VH1’s “America’s Next Top Model”
A show that needs no description. You can binge watch a decade and half of this show, still airing, on Hulu. Beware of disordered eating, however, and have “Real Women Have Curves” at the ready if you start comparing your sexy Latina body to anyone else’s. You beautiful, boo.
20. VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Seriously, no description needed here. You’ve essentially already seen this show parceled into memes, but watching it in one fell stream is life-giving and empowering. Latinas like Carmen Carrera have competed on this show to go on to model for major brands and give trans people more visibility.
21. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami”
Escape to a tropical, fiery place with (I can’t censor the feminist in me) problematic stereotypes of “Spicy Latinas,” and then watch “Jane the Virgin” to balance your internal scales. TBH, we need both to stay balanced.
22. VH1’s “Lala’s Full Court Life”
I seriously browsed past this show so many times because I thought it was a reality show in courtrooms. Nope, follow Latina Lala Anthony’s life as a mother, wife of a basketball star, and reality TV star in her own right.
Let’s take a moment to be grateful you can go to the grocery store in your pajamas because that’s the only way we want to participate in reality TV.