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Hit Cruise Control On Your Brain With 6 Of The Best Reality Shows On Netflix

By Jessica Best
28th Aug 2020

crew of netflix's hit reality tv show selling sunset

Straight up, there’s only so many times you can flick your way through The Real Housewives Of Beverley Hills.

It’s the OG of all reality TV shows and we’d never knock its holy status, but if someone whips out another pair of $25,000 glasses we may actually have an emotional breakdown. So to somewhat soothe your soul in between all the screaming, crying and botox, we’ve dedicated some serious time to find Netflix’s best reality TV shows—go on, hit cruise control on your brain and take some time out from the big bad world of true crime and horror.

Here are the best reality shows on Netflix right now.

Selling Sunset

We love the fact that somebody in America knew that botox, backstabbing and buildings were all the perfect match for a hit reality TV show. Selling Sunset is your latter-day femme Backyard Blitz with a side of LA hubris and red-bottom stilettos. The Netflix series follows the city’s most successful female realtors who all work under the same roof at the best agency in the Hollywood Hills and the Sunset Strip. The girls work hard, and as you might have guessed, play harder and do what it takes to stay at the top of their game, even if that means going behind each other’s backs. You’ll witness larger-than-life personalities and even larger mansions so kick back and grab the popcorn.

Indian Matchmaking

In case you didn’t know, there lives an elite Indian matchmaker by the name of Sima Taparia who truly is the world’s real-life fairy godmother. Cue Indian Matchmaking. Taparia cares for a huge clientele ready to meet their lifelong one and only, but this isn’t about matching people based on their favourite colour or cuisine, it requires painstaking precision and research. From interests and ambitions to in-depth astrological readings, she works through an extensive and personal database designed to forge long-lasting relationships. 

Glow Up: The Next Make-Up Star

It’s like watching an endless reel of YouTube make-up tutorials (or James Charles’ Instant Influencer) but so much better. Glow Up: The Next Make-Up Star is a competition series where 10 MUAs, that’s 'make-up artists' if you’ve been living under a rock, from all over the UK compete to take out the top title and a contract with a leading make-up artist. The series spills over some insane make-up challenges and tension; it’s like watching a kaleidoscopic version of Masterchef so what’s not to love about that? 

Below Deck

We guarantee your Netflix algorithm has pushed this reality TV show towards you more often than not and you’ve sat by idly in your home socks, only to give preferential treatment to Snowpiercer for the fifth dang time (leave it be, there is NO plot development no matter how many times you watch it). Instead, hit play on Below Deck which follows a bunch of young crew navigating life at sea on a luxury yacht. And though in theory, that sounds like it could be a happy voyage, there are more kitchen disasters and blow-ups than Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, and more ridiculous hook-ups than Jersey Shore. In other words, an absolute bombshell of a reality tv show to watch. Plus Captain Lee is our new hero.

Queer Eye

Somehow, in some way, Queer Eye is just as much of an OG reality series as the OG Queer Eye For The Straight Guy itself. We doubt you haven’t delved into this epic and uplifting show but on the off chance you haven’t, there are five delicious seasons to sink your teeth into, plus a bonus Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! Season as well. There’s brand new fab five who will give you all the feels including the beautiful food and wine connoisseur Antoni Porowski, the guy with an eye for all things interior design—Bobby Berk, the mindblowing Karamo Brown for a dose of culture, the effervescent Jonathan Van Ness who’s in charge of amping those locks and the absolutely fabulous Tan France who revs up everyone’s daily fashion choices tenfold. It’s a feel-good show that is an absolute must-watch to end your week.

Tiny House Nation

Tiny House Nation is all the best of reality TV sans screaming matches. The series is all about families and couples making the big switch across the US from houses to… tiny houses. Yep, these bad boys aren’t just fit for a weekend getaway, they’re moving into the mainstream as an actual place that people are aspiring to live in. Hosted by renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, the series shows off small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. Weisbarth and Giffin also help new families design and construct their own mini-dream home which will give you some serious digs-inspo in terms of making the most of small space. From a micro-apartment in New York City to a caboose car turned home in Montana to a micro-sized mobile home for road tripping, this is a series that celebrates the exploding movement of tiny homes. 

Keen to get stuck into something a little more... meaty? Check out the 14 best new shows on Netflix NZ right now

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