Last Updated: November 17th
As great as the scripted TV available on Netflix Instant is, sometimes you just want something that requires a little less thinking. This is where the pleasures of reality TV come in. Reality TV might once have largely focused on groups of people simply trying to live together (Survivor, The Real World, Big Brother, etc.), but the genre has branched out in all sorts of directions over the last two decades. Netflix’s offerings illustrate this well. Looking for something adventurous? Check. In the mood for a food competition? Check. Maybe after a day of work you just want to watch a show about people at work. That’s there too. So, sit back in your recliner, kick off your shoes and immerse yourself in the variety of the best reality shows on Netflix right now.
The Super (1 of 2 seasons)
There have been reality shows about repo men, exterminators, truck drivers, so why not have a show about a landlord? For most people the landlord really only exists in two contexts: fixing the broken toilet and asking for the rent. The Super follows the life of Dave Paladino, a man who’s in charge of 1,700 rental units in Omaha, Nebraska. A 22-minute show about a guy fixing lose doorknobs might not sound like the most riveting television, but Dave’s job throws him problems ranging from loose pythons to ghost hunting excursions. If anything the show will make you appreciate your own super’s job a little bit more.
The Great Food Truck Race (5 of 6 seasons)
Food truck culture has never been more popular than right now, which of course means there’s going to be a reality show cashing in on the craze. Hosted by chef and Food Network veteran, Tyler Florence, the competition sees seven food truck teams racing across the country for the chance to win $50,000. As host of the show, it’s Florence’s job to torment each of the teams with surprise “speed bump” challenges in every city to keep them on their toes. Unlike some of the other food competition shows, the contestants regularly engage in everything from trash talk to sabotage, making the entire thing feel a bit like Cannonball Run with tacos and cheeseburgers.