Let’s face it, nobody watches trashy reality TV for anything except the meltdowns, the weirdos, and the piles of cash being thrown. But if you’re bored of your typical show and are looking for something new and fresh, then check out these weird and off-beat reality shows that deliver all the messes we really tune in for.
These shows put the “lit” in “reality” and will have you shaking your head wondering if these people actually exist. They do, and they’re making that network television salary by sharing their wild lives with us. You can binge these shows in a day and a half and hate yourself later.
Age Gap Love Will Make You Change Your Tinder Preferred Age Range
Age Gap Love isn’t your “will they won’t they” dating show: these lovebirds are fully invested even with almost a 40-year age gap. Despite the obvious reason why we watch, the show dances around the whole sugar baby/daddy topic to deliver narratives of long-lasting love.
Simon (39) and Edna (78) got together over a mutual love of playing the organ and he wears the sweaters she knits for him. These two are downright adorable and you’ll get whiplash swinging between saying “awhhh” and “nooo” the entire time you watch.
Don’t Tell The Bride Is The Last Time Any Of The Featured Grooms Were Seen Alive
Don’t Tell The Bride investigates what would happen if you gave a groom £14,000 and three weeks to plan his own wedding by himself. Can you guess how these go down?
Apparently, niche theme weddings are something grooms naturally gravitate towards. So, that’s why one groom chose a working pig farm as his location – because his wife “loved” the animals. This is like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Don’t even whisper to your husband that you kind of like basketball because he’ll make your room basketball themed too.
My Hotter Half Basically Confirms You’re The Smokeshow In The Relationship
Look, we all believe we’re the hot one in the partnership. My Hotter Half just took that little mantra we tell ourselves and turned it into a British reality TV show where couples take selfies and get the strangers to rate them so they can finally know who’s hotter (because that’s a pressing issue).
Sound like a good idea for a healthy relationship? These contestants definitely think so. This show will have you baffled about how people can go through this with their significant other and how wrong the public’s taste can be.
Blown Away Will Have You Finally Understanding The Glass Blowing Industry
The skill-based reality shows are perfect if you want to pretend like you’re learning something about a trade while still enjoying the drama of competition. Was glass blowing the avenue you saw this taking? Probably not, but you’re addicted anyway.
Blown Away features glass blowers all packed into a warehouse crafting some okay glass pieces in record time. You may not appreciate the artistry behind the vase and you may not understand the process, but you definitely will watch it for those moments when the glass shatters. Which happens at least twice an episode.
Vanilla Ice Goes Amish Is As Chaotic As It Sounds
Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, in addition to being a well-known rap star is also a home renovation guru. So instead of sitting at home and wasting his talents, he’s teaming up with local Amish to build homes for underprivileged Amish families. It might be the last thing you thought you’d ever watch, but man does it ever have you singing “Ice Ice Baby.”
Ice has got everyone collaborating and listening on this new edition of HGTV style home makeovers. While the show is a wild mix of cultures and people, it definitely delivers on feel-good charity moments.
Here’s Another British Dating Show…But Only With Naked People
You read that correctly. Naked Attraction has its contestants selecting who they want to date based on pan-ups of birthday suits only. Sure, there were complaints about full-frontal nudity but that’s nothing compared to the true love connections this British reality show makes. Talk about being upfront about what you want out of the relationship.
This show has a healthy four seasons so clearly it was more of a smash hit than just swiping left. One reviewer applauded the show for its bravery to “go where no show has dared to go before.” It’s the modern moon landing.
Coach Snoop Will Have You Crying, Laughing, And Joining Local Rec Leagues
Snoop Dogg as an inner-city football coach for disadvantaged kids sounds more like the plot for a Tyler Perry comedy than a reality show. But this fever dream is real and let me tell you, it’s not the dumpster fire it sounds like.
The show is equal parts inspiring and gritty as it gives the viewer a look into the lives of the kids that Coach Snoop is helping change. All that realness is just tied together by the random stuff Snoop shouts from the sidelines that have you wondering if he even knows the rules. It’s just added comedy gold.
National Geographic…But Tacos
Taco Chronicles on Netflix is basically like if Food Network had a love child with National Geographic and the History channel. It’s informative, it gives you cultural background, and it’s absolutely filled to the brim with money shots of carné Asada sizzling on a corn tortilla.
You’ll get so drawn into the narratives behind the different types of tacos and the process and people behind them that you’ll forget that Netflix really just made a show about tacos. Imagine they did this with literally any other food. Corn on the cob chronicles anyone?
Monica Lewinsky Hosted Mr. Personality And That’s All You Need To Know
Monica Lewinsky, the famous intern and rap-song muse, also added a reality TV host to her resume in 2003 when she hosted Mr. Personality. The show was a dating show that forced contestants to look beyond the mortal body and into the soul to choose each other. So they made them wear Magneto masks.
The woman who chose out of 20 masked male contestants could enter a dark room and feel a man’s face. The show aired on Fox for 5 weeks. Which was much shorter than its polar apposite Naked Attraction that aired for 4 seasons. Hmmm…we guess masks don’t sell.
Friday Night Tykes Is Basically Toddlers And Tiaras For Student-Athletes
This golden show’s success undoubtedly inspired Coach Snoop and spinoffs like Georgia Tykes, but watch one episode and you’ll understand why. If you’ve ever been sick of the intense sideline mom screaming at the ref at youth sports games, you’ll be thanking her for her discretion after you meet some of these coaches and parents.
It’s wild how seriously they take these 8-13-year-old’s football careers. Parents spend serious coin on coaching, gear, travel, and swag. It all makes sense when the show gets real and treats the game as the kids’ ticket out of the inner city.
Baby Ballroom Is Another Breed Of Dance Moms Fever Dream
This one is British too—are you sensing a trend here? Baby Ballroom takes us into the wild world of British kids ballroom competitions. Is this the world Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire fought for? No, but it’s the one we should.
Baby Ballroom features all the competitive zeal of Toddlers and Tiaras but with the specific brand of weird, that comes with dance reality shows. It’s the combustion of anxious A-personality type energies that burns with the brightness of a thousand rhinestones. You’ll finish it in a night.
This New-Zealand Funeral Home Show Is The Last Place You’d Expect Tender Comedy
Maori funeral directors and stars of The Casketeers, Francis and Kaiora Tipene will have you dying to die in their hands. Seriously. Their wry, tender, and personal approach to funerals makes death on the show seem like just another part of life.
This is like The Office just with significantly more cadavers. The show offers a great balance of dark and light moments that will have you itching for more. They even test the caskets themselves.
Dr. Pimple Popper Is The Stress Reliever You Needed
Dr. Sandra Lee is the star of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper: a show that follows her around her dermatology office as she pops only the ooiest gooiest stuff. She used to do this stunt on YouTube for free before moving her act to TLC so we can enjoy 23 minutes of the action.
If you can stomach it this show will leave you feeling zen. It’s perfect to unwind with a glass of wine with at the end of a long day. Just don’t watch while eating cottage cheese or vanilla pudding.
Just Tattoo Of Us Is Not The Show To Go On When You’re Feuding With A Friend
Just Tattoo of Us is the British reality show where people really pull no punches. Even though they should, especially if it’s permanent. This is like Ink Master if everyone was in the bottom for tattooing naked and offensive things on each other. It does make for great TV though.
What if someone offered you free ink but you had to forfeit any say you had in the actual design and it was created by your friend? Would you do it? It probably depends on the kind of friendship you have. Hopefully, it will be respectful.
American Hoggers Will Give You A Reason To Eat More Bacon In The Morning
There’s something rotten in the state of Texas, and it’s the feral hogs terrorizing local farms and livestock. Is it a weird antagonist for a reality show? Sure. But are you going to tune into the lives of the Campbell family whose sworn and ancient duty it is to hunt the hogs? Yes, you are.
It’s some truly fantastic TV with loads of Southern phrases that will have you turning the captions on because you’re confused and you want to bathe in the magic. These hog-hunters will be your new favorite TV rednecks.
Mother Funders Features The Highest-Stakes Southern PTA Mom Drama You’ll Ever Witness
What if The Real Housewives were part of the PTA and brought the drama of their personal lives to the school stage? Honestly, the lavish lives of these rich Southern women and their involvement in school politics makes for great TV. Too bad eventually their kids will have to graduate.
This gem only lasted for one season like many of these odd-ball reality shows. Maybe it’s because their kids moved on or maybe it’s because watching an intense parent on TV that’s so much like one we know is so cringey.
Take Me Out Is Just The Voice But For Dating
You may have had a nightmare where you stood in front of 30 people potentially interested in dating you and watched as they one by one turned their lights off as they decided against it. Lucky for all of us it’s not a nightmare happening to us but just the game schematics of Take Me Out.
This British show features a bachelor standing in front of 30 women who do just that as videos of him play on the big screen. The host then asks the women who decided “no” why they did it. Awkward? Yeah, to the nth degree
Floribama Shore Is The Rich Cultural Experience You Know It’ll Be
This Jersey Shore successor is based along the Florida Panhandle that stretches all the way to Alabama – hence “Floribama.” Just like its namesake, this show combines the beach madness of Jersey Shore with Southern charm. So basically you’ll watch a lot of arguments begin with “honey” and end with someone throwing their drink.
This show could teach Jersey Shore: Family Vacation a thing or two about keeping the franchise fresh and exciting. You won’t be disappointed by this gem, not with episodes like “There’s No C in Disease.” No, in fact, there is not.
Bridalplasty Lasted For One Season And It’s Pretty Clear Why
The only reason you’d probably be tuning into this show is because it was truly nothing else like any other reality show on television. These brides and producers took wedding competition to an invasive level, as brides-to-be competed for a $100,000 princess wedding in Fiji and a slew of plastic surgery prizes.
The catch? Only that you have to potentially go under the knife multiple times to look exactly how you want on your wedding day. It’s mind boggling what these women have done, but it’s even crazier a liability like this show got green-light. It’s majorly binge-worthy.
100% Hotter Is 100% Full Throttle Madness
Imagine they remade What Not To Wear as a British reality show, gave it a magic mirror that nominees stand in front of and “try on” imaginary outfits, and had strangers rate the person’s appearance from 1-10. It’s as cringey as you think, but it does make for good TV.
This is a show you love to hate just because of how mean everyone is to the camera-shy contestants. The show seems to know that’s why you watch it and leans into that feeling. They even make contestants wear “work in progress” t-shirt during the ordeal.