Trinity Crompton, Molloy College
The relatively low stakes of this series help make it a quality reality program that stands out from many of its peers.
Darby Williams, University of Michigan
The anger-prone chef’s hit reality TV program may not be fine dining, but it’s downright indulgent.
Nathan Kolodney, Wesleyan University
While high fashion has always been incredibly influential, this HBO Max show is aiming to change the culture surrounding an entirely ignored style of clothing.
Zach Terrillion, Oberlin College
The idea that two people could fall in love with each other even when their face is masked is intriguing, but the show misses the mark.
Lauren Koop, London School of Economics - Peking University
Fashion mogul Julia Haart and the rest of her family are equal parts heartfelt and boisterous in their new Netflix special.
Mai Senser, Virginia Commonwealth University
By fully embracing its innovative makers and their one-of-kind designs, this reality competition show has successfully built an environment in which creatives can thrive.
Kelsi Karpinski, Michigan State University
The reality show has had a scandalous history, but its latest season reflects a ‘new era’ of combating racism, misogyny and homophobia in its casting.
Jenna Nelson, Scripps College
The Duggars entered the public eye in 2008 through the reality TV show ’19 Kids and Counting’ and were loved by thousands, but resurfacing controversies led to the family’s downfall.
Emma Watts, University of Arizona
Callie Rosenzweig, University of Chicago
The producers of the hit reality TV show have introduced several advantages into the game over the last 20 years, but which ones were really worth their while?
Anna Wurm, Texas A&M University
Fans of ABC’s hit reality dating competition are in love with Matt James, the show’s first Black lead.
ABC’s hit reality dating show was rescued from Clare Crawley’s poor fan reception by a new star.
The first few seasons of the series started off like every other reality dating show. But the inclusive cast of the newest season is paving the way for the future of reality TV.
Laura Song, Biola University
The unscripted reality show gives an unfiltered look at the lives of Korean celebrities as they live their lives as single adults.
Winners of the show are revered by fans worldwide, but some players who couldn’t pull out a victory are just as deserving of praise.
Is the love real, or is it all just for the cameras?
Emma Smith, Wesleyan University
The depiction of queer people on the show’s fifth season is reigniting questions about how LGBTQ+ characters are portrayed in the media.
The reality TV sensation features fierce rivalry, but it also offers a lens into female empowerment and dynamic female representation.
Desiree Jaime, Hofstra University
The latest iteration of the long-running reality show franchise mixes song and romance.
Asha MacKay, Wellesley College
With their 31 year age difference, Big Ed and Rose are provoking an age-old discussion about love.
Vaishnavi Kalyana, College of DuPage
Netflix is going beyond the typical reality TV program with its two latest hits.
Kali Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College
On the surface, this dating program sounds like your typical reality show fare, but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see the contestants actually develop as people.
Every new season comes with a brand new set of conflicts and opportunities for sabotage. This time, it might be too much to take.
Emma Lichtenstein, Brandeis University
The long-running reality show’s season finale — which finally looked at some of its problematic issues — was actually good.
Rebecca McKinley Parsons, Wake Forest University
Long pushed out of the spotlight in favor of performers, songwriters are finally getting to be the center of attention.
Stina Chang, University of Southern California
It’s everything you love about reality TV — but British.
Rachel Hall, Augustana College
In the last decade alone, 21 reality show contestants have taken their lives after the cameras stopped rolling.
Eric McInnis, Arcadia University
With his boisterous personality and passion for cooking, the famous Scottish chef has become one of the biggest television personalities of this decade.
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