Reality TV is our favourite guilty pleasure. And with hayu, you won’t run out of binge-worthy content anytime soon.
While reality TV is often criticised for dumbing down content, there’s something comforting about escaping into somebody else’s life for a couple of hours. Especially when that somebody’s day-to-day adventures are glamorous and exciting. The best reality shows will give you heroes to root for and villains to despise, properties to drool over and love affairs to envy.
Best enjoyed with a glass of wine and a face mask, these series might not be the epitome of peak TV, but they’re good for the soul. They make us laugh, remind us not to take life too seriously and allow us to get our fill of drama while watching safely from the sidelines. From fab housewives to regular folks looking for love, reality TV stars come in all shapes and sizes, ensuring there’s a show out there for everyone.
Not convinced? hayu has over 6,000 episodes of addictive and explosive reality TV to choose from. The streaming platform focuses solely on lifestyle and reality shows and has become a must for fans of the genre.
Some series are fast-tracked from the US, so viewers can see fresh episodes as soon as they come out. Others have entire seasons available to binge, making them ideal for a long, lazy weekend.
With so many shows available, which one should you watch next? We have a few suggestions.
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The top 22 shows on hayu
- The Bi Life
- Shahs of Sunset
- Below Deck
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
- Bad Girls Club
- Vanderpump Rules
- The Millionaire Matchmaker
- Jersey Shore
- The Real Housewives Franchise
- Top Chef
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
- Love & Hip Hop: New York
- The Hills
- Made in Chelsea
- Hollywood Medium
- Married to Medicine
- Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles
- Flipping Out
- Southern Charm
- Summer House
- Don’t Be Tardy
1. The Bi Life
The UK’s first bisexual reality dating show, The Bi Life is hosted by Courtney Act. The addictive series follows a group of bisexual and questioning British singletons on an adventure to find love abroad in Barcelona.
The series is all about exploring who you really are and finding people you click with, which makes The Bi Life seem more genuine than other similar dating shows. There’s no prize money – after all, the point is to find love, no matter what your circumstances might be.
2. Shahs of Sunset
Feel like watching an explosive show about wealthy Iranian-Americans living in Los Angeles? You’re in the right place. Shahs of Sunset follows a group of six Persian-American friends as they juggle their demanding social and professional lives, while also struggling to appease their families. As a result, they face a lot of pressure to marry within the community and settle down.
The show wins bonus points for breaking down some stereotypes about the Persian community, while also offering all the reality TV drama you can handle. These people live in a world where image is everything, so it can be difficult to enjoy their active social engagements while also coping with their parents’ constant disappointment. Moreover, it’s inspiring to see how financially successful these families have become despite their difficult beginnings in the US.
3. Below Deck
This addictive series focuses on a group of yachties whose motto is to “work hard, party harder”. They work aboard luxurious yachts and get a chance to travel the world in style, while also catering to different passengers, which range from ridiculously rich folks to posh friends looking to have a good time.
The whole thing has a very Downton Abbey feel to it, as viewers get to see both what’s going on in the yachties lives, as well as observe their demanding clients. If you’re into watching a bunch of attractive people have the time of their lives, Below Deck should be right up your alley.
4. Keeping Up with the Kardashians
People like to make fun of the Kardashians for being famous for basically doing nothing. Instead, we should be giving them credit for just that.
This family knows how to take advantage of social media and trends to get ahead of the curve and their reality show is no exception. Their brand is strong and their series is ridiculously successful. Love them or hate them, you have to admit, they’re doing something right.
Moreover, KUWTK wins bonus point for showcasing the complex relationships between the various family members. Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie may frequently be at odds, but they always support each other in the end. And that’s what family is all about.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians debuted back in 2007 and is currently one of the longest-running reality TV series ever. Catch up with 15 seasons’ worth of drama on hayu.
5. Bad Girls Club
Bad Girls Club is one of those elusive reality TV shows that kept its appeal as time went on. This is mainly because the producers understood what viewers wanted: drama, fights and partying.
What happens when several self-styled “bad girls” cohabitate? Pure chaos. This addictive series follows a group of rebellious girls as they spend several months living in the same house, in an experiment intended to tone down their behaviour.
Participants usually have different backgrounds and personalities, which often leads to altercations and physical confrontations, much to viewers’ delight. If you’re a fan of wild series where rowdy women have no filter and get in each others’ faces a lot, you’ll have a blast. The show ended after 17 turned-up seasons, which are all available on hayu.
6. Vanderpump Rules
Follow Lisa Vanderpump as she opens the doors of her sexy restaurant, SUR. Vanderpump of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame balances her motherly instinct with her shrewd business sense to maintain control over the restaurant’s wild group of employees.
Add in the fact that SUR stands for Sexy Unique Restaurant and you can get a taste of what you’ll be getting yourself into. Hint: drama is the word of the day, since SUR employees often have the tendency to date – and break up with – their co-workers.
Romance, scandals and rumours will keep you on the edge of your seat. The show premiered as a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spin-off back in 2013 and seven seasons are now available to binge.
7. The Millionaire Matchmaker
The world’s most renowned matchmaker and favourite love guru Patti Stanger is helping millionaires find love. She uses every trick in the book to assist her clients in finding Mr or Miss Right, while also struggling to keep her personal life in check. These folks can be very demanding, so buckle up for a wild ride.
Patti’s clients and experts are the “who’s who” of Hollywood, so you might see some familiar faces as you binge deeper. Furthermore, the series also details Stanger’s own difficulty in finding a mate for life.
The Millionaire Matchmaker ended back in 2015, but eight seasons are available to watch now on hayu.
8. Jersey Shore
Do you miss following the vapid lives of several New Jersey 20-somethings? You’re not the only one. In fact, Jersey Shore is now getting a highly-anticipated revival.
Mike “The Situation,” Pauly D, JWoww, Ronnie, Vinny, Deena and Snooki will reunite this year in MTV’s Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. Hence, now is the perfect time to revisit one of the most popular reality hits to come out in the early 2010s.
The original show followed a group of housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore and later expanded to include various other locations. Although the series received a lot of controversy and criticism, it succeeded because it managed to create its own world, complete with specialised characters – “guidos” and “guidettes”. It also thrived on romance and conflict, two ingredients that – when done right – make any reality enthusiast come back for more.
Six seasons are available on hayu.
9. The Real Housewives Franchise
While these shows have become popular because of the crazy fighting they promote, there’s another reason why fans like to tune in. They offer a fascinating look into a group of privileged women, closely following their interactions as they fight and make up. In the end, it’s all about friendship and forgiveness, and the fact that they just happen to lead glamorous lives doesn’t hurt one bit.
Watching a Real Housewives show is like reading the tabloids and enjoying all the juicy gossip that comes with it. Plus, escaping into that vapid world is generally more fun than dealing with day-to-day stuff like paying the bills or doing laundry.
Several instalments of the franchise are available on hayu, including The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the one that started it all, The Real Housewives of Orange County. Just pick your favourite and get bingeing.
10. Top Chef
Hands up, utensils down! When it comes to cooking shows, few do it as well as Top Chef.
Still going strong after 15 seasons, the series features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. A panel of notable figures from the food and wine industry judge the chefs, with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode.
If you’re a foodie who loves inventive dishes, decadent desserts and fierce competition, then this is the show for you. Start from Season 1 and binge your way to the present, with 16 seasons available on hayu.
Just make sure you have some snacks handy, otherwise, you mind find yourself running to the fridge every five minutes to satisfy your appetite.
11. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Queer Eye is enjoying a successful comeback thanks to the Netflix reboot, so if you enjoyed that, you’ll definitely love the original. The makeover show follows five gay men as they give straight men advice on fashion, grooming, interior design, food and culture.
What’s compelling about the series is that the makeover isn’t solely physical. In fact, the Fab 5 also offer advice on how participants may want to change their attitude or general demeanour.
It’s a positive show about guys helping each other, which is always fun to watch. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy ran for four seasons, which are all available on hayu.
12. Love & Hip Hop: New York
The original instalment of the Love & Hip Hop reality franchise chronicles the everyday lives of women working in the male-dominated world of hip-hop. While the first seasons only focused on four women, it eventually expands to also feature talent managers and producers, DJs and radio personalities, stylists, groupies and more.
The show’s success prompted the development of several spin-offs and specials. It’s also the show that gave the world Cardi B, so it definitely deserves a spot in the reality TV show hall of fame.
While it also gathered a lot of criticism due to the often unnecessary drama, it remains a fascinating look into what goes on behind the hip-hop scene.
Eight seasons are streaming on hayu.
13. The Hills
Without The Hills there would be no Geordie Shore or Made in Chelsea. The show debuted back in 2006 as a spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and chronicled the lives of several young women living in LA. It was such a success that the protagonists went on to become household names – Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port.
The Hills has the look of an aspirational drama, while also claiming to provide a glimpse into the real lives of its protagonists. There was no acknowledgement of cameras and no breaking of the fourth wall, which prompted a lot of criticism of the show for being more scripted than real. Whatever the case, it’s as iconic now as it was when it first launched. All six seasons are on hayu.
14. Made in Chelsea
Speaking of Made in Chelsea, the series seems to be more popular than ever. It chronicles the lives of affluent young people in London’s best neighbourhoods, as well as their travels to other fab locations around the globe. In other words, it follows the lives, loves and awks of SW3’s bright young things.
This stylish Brit reality series offers everything from hot hookups to glamorous events, but things are more polite and subdued than the US equivalents. However, fans can still admire the lifestyles of the rich and famous, in a world where fashion is a priority and money doesn’t really matter.
12 seasons are available on hayu.
15. Hollywood Medium
Tyler Henry isn’t your ordinary young adult. In fact, he’s Hollywood’s go-to medium.
Follow him as he brings some much-needed closure to his celebrity clients and helps them communicate with loved ones they’ve lost. Thanks to his gentle disposition and friendly personality, Henry easily connects with celebs and helps them open up about violent deaths, addiction and relationship problems.
Even if you’re a sceptic, you’ll still find this show extremely entertaining, mainly thanks to Henry’s easy-going nature. However, the show also offers a lot of emotionally compelling moments, as celebrities have to conjure up memories of sad and difficult moments. Three seasons are on hayu.
16. Married to Medicine: Atlanta
As doctors, they’re trained to fix almost any situation, but there’s no amount of medicine that can fix these marriages. Married to Medicine follows socialite women who are either doctors themselves or married to doctors. Fans can watch as they try to juggle their careers with family lives and busy social calendars.
These women are united by medicine, but often struggle to maintain friendships in a world where image is everything. Especially when their wealth enables them to lead a glam lifestyle and attend all sorts of exclusive events. All in all, it’s the perfect show if you enjoy gossipy conversations and petty disagreements.
Six seasons are streaming on hayu.
17. Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing follows the lives of Los Angeles’ hottest and most aggressive real estate magnates as they make a fortune selling multi-million-dollar properties in the most exclusive neighbourhoods – Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills. Expect jaw-dropping homes, tense negotiations and an interesting look at the world of high-priced real estate.
The voyeurism involved in going behind the doors of these luxurious houses can become addictive, while the entire process of selling a house is incredibly suspenseful. And the fact that the stars of the show are very charming doesn’t hurt either.
11 seasons are available to stream on hayu. Spin-offs New York, Miami and San Francisco are also available to stream.
18. Flipping Out
Year of release: 2007
Cast: Jeff Lewis, Jenni Pulos, Zoila Chavez, Gage Edward
Flipping Out follows Jeff Lewis as he buys, renovates and sells properties in the Los Angeles area. There’s a lot of talk about money and real estate, but we also follow the realtor in his personal life. Not to mention the fact that the luxurious mansions featured in the show make for delicious eye candy.
There’s no shortage of renovation shows out there, but Flipping Out stands out from the crowd due to Jeff’s challenging personality. He demands a lot from his staff, can explode over tiny details and often clashes with everyone around him. But that’s what makes the show so enthralling.
11 seasons are available to stream on hayu.
19. Southern Charm
Southern Charm reveals a world of exclusivity, wealth and scandal dating back through generations of families in Charleston, South Carolina. Fans can follow several Charleston singles as they go about their lives while trying to preserve their family names and keep up with their busy social calendars.
As hard as the protagonists try to maintain the charm of their centuries-old traditions, it’s not always the case, since drama seems to follow them everywhere. In their southern bubble, money and status matter more than anything, and relationships are as fragile as they come.
Five seasons are available to binge.
20. Summer House
Welcome to Montauk, the beach town where affluent New Yorkers head during the summer to let loose and have a good time.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a group of friends share a house together on weekends and mayhem ensues. We’re talking bonfires, charity galas and decadent brunches. Of course, drama-filled romances are also a part of the mix.
Summer House is the ideal series for viewers interested in following rich people as they use summer as an excuse to let their guard down and engage in all sorts of shenanigans, while also enjoying a high-end lifestyle. The setting is beautiful and the summer flings can get pretty steamy.
Two seasons are available on hayu.
Do you find female killers intriguing? This show will give you the inside scoop on some of their more horrific crimes.
Snapped is a docu-series that focuses on ordinary women who have committed murder, offering in-depth accounts of the women’s lives. The show usually includes graphic crime scene photos and interviews with friends and family members.
While clearly sensationalised, there’s no doubt that Snapped knows how to tell a good story. The series profiles women who kill for nefarious reasons like jealousy and greed, but also battered women who have killed their abusers.
If you’re enticed by the premise, 24 seasons are waiting for you on hayu.
22. Don’t Be Tardy
The first spin-off of The Real Housewives of Atlanta follows Kim Zolciak, her husband Kroy Biermann and their family. The first season was all about the preparations for the couple’s lavish wedding, while from Season 2 onwards, the series focuses more on Kim’s endeavours post RHOA.
Don’t Be Tardy is a fun look at family life. It will make you giggle, but it also gets emotional at times. The couple has six kids, so life can get pretty hectic for the clan. Seven seasons are available to stream on hayu.