As the coronavirus pandemic continues to issue business closures, social distancing and telecommuting policies, people everywhere are queuing up their watch lists in an attempt to pass time and escape from reality.
What better way to do so than diving into the lives of others (or fake lives, in some cases) as people search for love, chase their dreams and/or compete for millions of dollars in binge-worthy reality TV shows.
Netflix’s Love is Blind
Hosts Nick (“I’m obviously Nick Lachey”) and Vanessa Lachey bring new meaning to “blind dating” as hopeful singles search for love without ever meeting face-to-face.
Those who make a connection based on conversation alone will have the opportunity to take the next step: become engaged, meet in person and turn their emotional connection into a physical one.
All 11 episodes, including the live reunion, are available on Netflix.
Fox’s The Masked Singer
Masked celebrities, extravagant costumes and musical performances comprise Fox’s hit competition series, which is currently airing its third season on the network. If you managed to stay spoiler-free as characters like Monster, Flamingo, Fox—and, of course, Taco—have been unmasked, seasons two and three are available on Hulu, and all seasons are available on Fox’s website.
Eighteen castaways must provide food, shelter and water for themselves to survive and be the last contestant standing. The series’ 40th season, Winners at War, premiered on Feb. 12, and features a grand prize of $2 million—up $1 million from previous seasons and the biggest reality TV prize ever offered.
All seasons are available to watch on CBS All Access, while seasons 1-34 are available on Hulu.
Bravo’s Top Chef
As the Emmy-winning cooking competition prepares to launch its all-star season on Thursday, what better way to celebrate than a marathon?
Competitors face a series of culinary challenges, judged by high profile chefs and celebrities, to claim the winning title, money toward opening a restaurant, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, and more.
All seasons are available to stream on Hulu.
ABC’s Shark Tank
Another Emmy winner, Shark Tank features hopeful entrepreneurs as they pitch their budding businesses to a group of sharks. Not only will they gain exposure, but also the opportunity to partner with successful industry leaders to achieve their dreams and become the next big brand or product.
Each episode features a series of pitches as negotiations and deals are made in real-time. Seasons 1-8, and select episodes from season 11, are available on Hulu.
VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race
“Start your engines…and may the best ‘woman’ win,” RuPaul Charles says at the start of every challenge in his drag reality competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race. Each episode poses a mini and maxi challenge for its drag queen contestants to participate in, spanning lip sync battles, runway challenges and the occasional acting gig.
All episodes are available to stream on VH1’s online platform. Hulu, on the other hand, has six seasons available.
Netflix’s Queer Eye
The Fab Five, each member an expert in a different category, help improve the lives of others in this emotionally-charged “make-better” reality series. That includes tips to enhance the living space, diet, wardrobe and grooming habits of each “hero” selected in designated regions like Georgia, Missouri and Kansas.
Four seasons are available on Netflix, in addition to a special edition, Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!
E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians
With 17 seasons under its belt—giving even the most blessed with free time plenty to keep up with—and the most recent season slated to air on March 26, Keeping Up with the Kardashians provides plenty of celebrity and family drama to keep anyone entertained. All seasons are available on Hulu.
ABC’s The Bachelor
A group of single women vie for the love of one lucky bachelor in ABC’s longstanding reality series, which recently concluded its heated 24th season last week.
The most recent season, which centers around pilot Peter Weber’s search for love, is available on Hulu and ABC.com. All 24 seasons are available on ad-supported streaming service, Tubi. Catch up and you can join the thriving Bachelor Nation.