10 Reality Shows To Watch During Self-Isolation

By C.L. Illsley on April 27 2020 in Entertainment

Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares aired back in 2007.
Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares aired back in 2007.
  • The majority of reality shows actually have writers.
  • The Money Pit on The Curse of Oak Island is 300 years old.
  • One contestant on Alone lost 60lbs in 56 days.

With so many of us social distancing and self-isolating, it's easy to forget what so-called "normal" life is like. To help us all remember both the right and not so good elements of being around other people, there are a variety of reality shows available to watch or stream that will help us all remember just what our world was like before Covid-19. 

10. The Curse of Oak Island

The History Channel presents this inside look into the hunt for treasure on the tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina and their team of treasure hunters are determined to leave no stone unturned in their quest to find the mysterious treasure believed to be hidden somewhere deep below the surface. The catch? Legend has it that the Oak Island treasure is cursed, and seven men will have to die before the island gives up its secrets (and treasure). So far, six have perished. 

9. Million Dollar Listing

With two shows, one on each coast- New York and Los Angeles- this reality show franchise follows several high powered property brokers as they cater to the housing needs of the rich and fabulous. Whether it's a spacious Beverly Hills mansion or a trendy New York penthouse overlooking Central Park, this series allows viewers to see some of the most expensive real estate properties in the U.S.  

8. 90 Day Fiance

This TLC series, which debuted in 2014, follows various couples currently involved in long-distance relationships, which have been granted so-called "engagement visas." These visas stipulate that upon entering the United States, American citizens have only ninety days in which to marry their foreign partners. The couple may decide to either proceed with their weddings or separate.  True love doesn't always prevail; however, as the lure of obtaining a green card can often be a stronger motivator than the search for one's soul mate.  

7. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Exactly how much of this inside look into the family dynamics of the Kardashian/Jenner family is real and how much is scripted is up for debate. Still, this long-running show continues to be one of the most popular reality shows on television.  The E! series, which debuted in 2007, revolves around the personal and professional ups and downs of celebrity sisters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, as well as their Mom Kris, and the Jenner sisters Kendell and Kylie.   

6. Kitchen Nightmares

Miss eating out? Maybe you should check out this Gordon Ramsay series which takes a behind the scenes look at dysfunctional restaurants around the country.  Based on the British show entitled Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, this American version ran from 2007 to 2014. The series features Chef Ramsay as he devotes just one week to turning failing businesses around and up to his precise standards. 

5. Cops

Each thirty-minute episode of Cops follows police officers in numerous American cities. This long time fan favorite debuted back in 1989. The show casts a spotlight on the daily ups, downs, challenges, and dangers involved in policing communities across the US. Whether it's pulling over a speeding driver along a lonely highway or investigating a domestic violence call, this reality/crime show focuses on the unique stresses that come with the job of being a police officer.  

4. Parts Unknown

Hosted by the late Anthony Bourdain, this series explores the food, culture, and traditions of societies across the globe. Parts Unknown is a CNN series that debuted in 2013 and ran until Bourdain's untimely death in 2018. The show won an array of awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series in 2019. In Parts Unknown, Bourdain travels to a wide range of destinations including Kenya, Newfoundland (Canada), Bhutan, Hong Kong, and Sri Lanka. 

3. Hoarders

This A & E program, which debuted in 2009,  is the perfect choice for self-isolating viewers feeling overwhelmed by the demands of keeping their homes neat and tidy even during a global pandemic. Hoarders might also motivate those putting off spring cleaning chores. On a more serious note, this series might also serve to make us all reevaluate our consumer culture and the toll it takes on our modern society. 

2. Below Deck

This Bravo reality series will satisfy viewers looking for luxury, tropical waters, and plenty of melodrama. Set aboard a chartered yacht in the Caribbean Below Deck follows the crew as they cater to wealthy clients and attempt to navigate their way through rough seas ripe with co-worker drama, jealousy, and sexual tension.  Spin-offs of this series include Below Deck Mediterranean and Below Deck Sailing Yacht. 

1. Alone

So you think surviving self-isolation is difficult? Try being dropped off all alone in the cold wilderness with limited supplies and no end in sight. That's the premise of History channel's Alone, which debuted in 2015. Being all by yourself in a warm, comfortable home is one thing, but this reality competition illustrates what social isolation truly means. Each season features ten brave individuals who risk everything to outlast their competition and claim the $500,000 prize. 

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