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The Best Reality TV to Help You Forget Reality

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Well here we are. Right about now, glorious, mindless reality TV is your new nighttime BFF. (Maybe it already was? No judgement here.) Below are some of my favorite forget-about-the-world shows to immerse yourself in once the kids are in bed. We need this stuff now more than ever, no?


Fixer Upper (HGTV)

Since we’re spending all this time at home now, why not get some inspiration on how to spruce up the space? In all your spare time!


Tiger King (Netflix)

A wild and new docu-series that follows the lives of eccentric cat owners. Relatable.


Chopped (Hulu)

A competition where players turn mystery ingredients into three-course meals… What could be more inspiring as we continue to raid our pantries every night?


Love is Blind (Netflix)

As one friend put it, “We have plenty of food and just enough patience for our kids. The only resource we need to ration is episodes of Love is Blind. One per night.”


Billy on the Street (TruTV)

OK this is kind of the opposite of social distancing and tranquility, but watching comic Billy Eichner accost strangers on the streets of New York City will just make you laugh. It never gets old.


McMillions (HBO)

If you’re fascinated by scams, you’ll be obsessed with this docu series about how one dude exploited the McDonald’s Monopoly game, stealing $24 million in cash and prizes.


Flirty Dancing (Hulu)

Two strangers learn half of a dance routine then meet for the first time on a blind date where they dance together. Part performance, part blind date, all fun.


Cheer (Netflix)

Follow the country’s top college competitive cheerleading team in their quest to take the national title. Just be prepared. Because once you start Cheer, you’ll only want to talk about Cheer.


Washington (History Channel)

Trouble sleeping? May I prescribe a lingering six-hour documentary miniseries about George Washington narrated by Jeff Daniels?


90 Day Fiancé (TLC)

Trash, trash, glorious trash. You gotta watch this wild dating show if only to keep up with the convo on Slack.


Ugly Delicious (Netflix)

Chef David Chang is back for a second season of this fantastic cooking/travel show and this time he has to face what we all already know is the biggest challenge of all: cooking for kids.


Love After Lockup (WE tv)

A dating show with an added layer of Cops, this series follows civilian-prisoner couples as they try to make things work in the real world. Whatever that means these days!

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Toby Lowenfels is a writer and mom of three in Culver City, California. Follow her daily musings at @tobyfels.