Santa Winter Binge

With winter break looming, many students will spend the next four weeks binge watching all of the best television shows and movies across streaming service platforms.

While traditionally people love to binge sitcoms like “Friends,” “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation,” a common slept upon category is reality TV. This typically consists of any non- scripted programming from television networks or streaming services. 

There are multiple forms of reality TV. There’s competition style, lifestyle, travel, social experiments and many more. Here are eight reality TV shows you should digest while on break:



“Outwit. Outplay. Outlast” is the recurring theme to this 40 season competitive series. “Survivor” first aired on May 31, 2000 with its inaugural season “Survivor: Borneo.” Within the world of “Survivor,” contestants are left on deserted islands for 39 days, with one contestant being eliminated every other day. The show has filmed in beautiful tropical-esque locations all over the world in places like Australia, Nicaguaria, Cambodia and Fiji. You can stream various seasons of the show on CBS All Access, Hulu and Netflix.


“The Real World”

“This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house (work together) and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. ‘TheReal World.’”

This MTV reality series aired for 32 seasons from 1992-2017 with an additional 33rd season streaming on Facebook Watch in 2019. This series allows you to watch everyday people from across the nation live with strangers while making something of themselves in big cities throughout the U.S. This show can be streamed on CBS All Access, the MTV app and Facebook Watch.


“Jersey Shore”

In 2009, the world was taken by storm as eight guidos and guidettes moved to Seaside Heights, New Jersey. “Gym. Tan. Laundry.” is their life motto, and watching the complete chaos happen is what makes this show so intriguing. The show aired six seasons, concluding in 2012 before making a return to the screen in 2018 with “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.” In the 11 years since the show aired, the cast and crew have filmed in New Jersey, Miami, Italy and Las Vegas. The show can be streamed on the MTV app, CBS All Access and Hulu.


“The Bachelor” franchise

“The Bachelor” first aired in 2002 with Alex Michel as the leading man. Since then, the series has exploded into an entire franchise. The show has had successful spin offs over the years like “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” “Bachelor Pad,” “The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart” and “The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons Ever.” The franchise has one of the most popular fan bases, called “Bachelor Nation.” Varying seasons of the entire franchise can be streamed on Hulu, Netflix, Tubi and the ABC app. 


“The Masked Singer”

This one-of-a-kind singing competition series goes where no other show has. “The Masked Singer” showcases celebrities competing against one another in a costume, leaving the celebrity identity as a mystery. The show is hosted by Nick Cannon and judged by Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke. The show is currently in its fourth season on Fox. You can stream this unique show on Hulu and the Fox app. 


“Chrisley Knows Best”

The Chrisleys are a wealthy southern-based family that bring all the comedic relief you need. Since 2014, the family has become a staple within the reality TV realm. Todd Chrisley, the patriarch of the family, is the true star of the show, and his overprotective parenting met with the family’s lavish lifestyles make for great TV. The show can be streamed on Peacock TV.


“America’s Next Top Model”

After first airing in 2003, “America’s Next Top Model” had a long standing 22 cycle run on the CW network before rebranding and switching networks to VH1 in 2016. The show is hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks and aims to narrow down 20 women to 1 in hopes of being the next big “thing” in the modeling industry. In cycle 20, for the first time ever, the series featured both men and women contestants. The show can be streamed on Netflix and Hulu.


“The Circle”

“The Circle,” a Netflix original, is a social experiment competition based series. This show isolates a number of individuals into individual apartment rooms in the same building. Throughout the show, contestants build profiles and relationships with the other contestants all virtually. The game allows the contestants to rate each other each week, with the lowest rank contestants being eliminated. The show is a Netflix favorite, and Netflix also features international versions of the show like “The Circle: France” and “The Circle: Brazil.” 


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