These programs prove that sometimes life is much stranger than fiction.
Reality television. To many it’s a scourge on the entertainment industry, slowly replacing quality programming with over-dramatised cooking and renovation shows. To others it’s a dirty little secret they save for hungover Sundays. Maybe you’re not going to publicly declare your love for Ex on the Beach, but you’ll happily keep it in the back of your mind until the next weekend you get alone. When you want to relax with reality, we’ve done the hard work for you and found every reality TV show worth checking out on Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now).
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|Catfish: The TV Show||Based on the 2010 documentary of the same name, MTV’s Catfish unravels the lies and truths of online dating by exposing individuals who have adopted a fake online persona.|
|Cheaters||Though the great Joey Greco (pictured) no longer hosts this reality series, Cheaters is still an entertaining exposé of unfaithful partners. It would be sad if it weren’t so scripted, but its fakery is half the fun.|
|River Cottage Australia||Follow Paul West as he attempts to make his small, growing farm completely self-sustainable. The Aussie version doesn’t have resident toff Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall but West is a good stand-in and Hugh does make the odd cameo.|
|Teen Mom 2||Not to be confused with Teen Wolf, this insanely popular follow up to 16 and Pregnant observes four teen mothers throughout their first years of parenthood.|
|Come Dine With Me Australia||Come Dine With Me is a reality-cooking show for people who don’t like reality-cooking shows. The contestants are amateur, the food is often terrible and the narrator (James Valentine on the Australian version is dry and sarcastic. It’s brilliant “slow train wreck” viewing.|
|Ex on the Beach||Ex on the Beach is what happens when you leave Geordie Shore out in the sun to spoil– trash TV at its worst. Eight single lads and eight single ladies are sent to a beach to find love, each of them unaware that one of their exes stalks in the shadows, waiting to pounce.|
|Selling Houses Australia||With the help of a property expert (Andrew Winter), a landscaper (Charlie Albone) and interior designer (Shaynna Blaze), struggling homeowners set out to improve the appeal of their homes. Selling Houses Australia has achieved the same appeal as its British counterpart, regularly topping pay TV ratings. Discover what the fuss is about.|
|Masterchef NZ||Masterchef is known for its overblown melodrama, “inspiring” backing tracks and drawn out sob stories and Masterchef NZ isn’t anything different. Luckily, with Foxtel Play you can skip through the rubbish to get to all the good bits.|
|The Vanilla Ice Project||We bet you had no idea Rob Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice was a skilled handyman as well as an abysmal rapper. In the Vanilla Ice project this 90s one hit wonder leaves the world of rapping for the house reno game (25 years too late).|
|Kings Cross ER||This reality series documents the lives of the doctors and nurses running the hectic ER department in St Vincent’s hospital. Located close to the bustling nightlife of King’s Cross, the team has to deal with victims of gang violence and drug-related crime.|