12 Reality TV Shows You Need To Binge-Watch Over The Summer

2018 Summer Reality TV shows To Binge Watch

Mark your calendars and set your DVRs for your summer favorites!

With fan-favorite shows like Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, and American Idol recently wrapping up their seasons, reality TV fans have found themselves with a lot more time on their hands.

Fear not, because TV’s most unpredictable genre is set to take over the airwaves in the coming weeks and throughout the 2018 Summer season. When is your favorite show coming back? Need something new to get hooked on? Want to find out how many season's you've got to binge through to catch up? 

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Everything you need to know about this Summer's reality TV lineup is below.

The Bachelorette

Season: 14
Premiere Date: Monday, May 28th at 8pm on ABC
Host: Chris Harrison

Bachelor nation won’t soon forget last March’s Bachelor finale episode, where then-Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposes to finalist Becca Kufrin, only to rescind his proposal shortly thereafter to be with the other finalist, Lauren Burnham. Yikes. Luckily for Kufrin, she is getting a second chance at love on this season of The Bachelorette.

This season will feature 28 suitors, including men named Chris, Christian, and Christon, vying for Kufrin’s love during a series of dates, rose ceremonies, and dramatic confrontations. Who Kufrin chooses remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: she will choose someone! Chris Harrison recently confirmed that Kufrin is “happily engaged.”

America’s Got Talent

Season: 13
Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm on NBC
Host: Tyra Banks

Judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell will all return to the panel for Season 13 of this NBC staple. Last year, 12-year-old singer-ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer took home the grand prize, $1 million and the opportunity to headline a show in Las Vegas. Other notable contestants during Season 12 included deaf singer Mandy Harvey, human-dog dance duo Sara & Hero, and Jeff Tracta, better known as The Singing Trump.

Who will audiences be talking about (and voting for) this year? On this show, nothing is outside the realm of possibility. In fact, judge Simon Cowell recently stated that this season will feature “one of the biggest weirdos in [his] life.”

Beat Shazam ​

Season: 2
Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm on FOX
Host: Jamie Foxx

Beat Shazam’s premise is simple: identify the title of the song before Shazam, the app known for identifying song titles. This year, Corinne Foxx (Jamie’s daughter) will serve as the show’s DJ beginning with this season, replacing October Gonzalez. Throughout five rounds of gameplay, two teams of contestants accumulate various amounts of money for correctly guessing song titles from a multiple-choice list.

The higher-scoring team moves on to the final round, where they have the opportunity to play for $1 million. Last year, contestants Christina Porcelli and Steve Lester became the first team to win the grand prize. Will any teams be able to match their success this season?

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Love Connection

Season: 2
Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 9pm on FOX
Host: Andy Cohen

The original Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery, aired in syndication from 1983 to 1994. The Fox reboot proves that love (and this show’s concept) is timeless. Contestants go on blind dates with three potential suitors, then return to the studio with Andy Cohen for a juicy recap and discussion.

This season, the show is removing the controversial love-or-money twist introduced in Season 1, which allowed contestants to walk away single in exchange for $10,000. An episode featuring all gay male contestants is also in the works for Season 2, after the series featured its first LGBTQ contestant last season. 

World of Dance

Season: 2
Premiere Date: Tuesday, May 29th at 10pm on NBC
Host: Jenna Dewan

Last year, an average of nearly 8 million viewers tuned into World of Dance, making it one of last summer’s breakout hits. The series features Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as executive producer), singer Ne-Yo, and dancer Derek Hough scoring dance acts across a series of increasingly intense rounds of competition.

In Season 1, acts from across the globe, including Colombian Salsa dancers Swing Latino, 14-year-old contemporary soloist Eva Igo, and hip-hop group The Jabbawockeez came to the World of Dance stage to compete. Brothers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins, won the competition and took home the $1 million grand prize.

As seen in this year’s cast reveal, there will be no shortage of talent for Season 2.


Season: 9
Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 30th at 8pm on FOX
Host: N/A

Judges Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sanchez, and Joe Bastianich will return this season to taste and critique the offerings of amateur chefs. Contestants battle it out in the kitchen for a grand prize of $250,000, the opportunity to publish their own cookbook, and a MasterChef trophy.

This season, chefs will compete in one of three teams of eight, each mentored by one of the judges in their journey toward the top prize. Which chefs will rise to the occasion and wow the judges with their dishes (and which chefs will not)? And just what will Gordon Ramsay have to say?

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American Ninja Warrior

Season: 10
Premiere Date: Wednesday, May 30th at 8pm on NBC
Host: Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Kristine Leahy

Each week, this high-stakes competition gives athletic hopefuls across the country a chance to complete a series of insanely-difficult obstacle courses. Anyone skilled (and lucky) enough to complete all of the courses and achieve “Total Victory” wins $1 million and receives the title of American Ninja Warrior.

This season will feature the return of Season 7 winner Isaac Caldiero (the only person to take home the top prize thus far), and the introduction of an 18 foot “Mega Wall” in the show’s first qualifying round.

Will anyone win this year, or will American Ninja Warrior see another season without a victor?

So You Think You Can Dance

Season: 15
Premiere Date: Monday, June 4th at 8pm on FOX
Host: Cat Deeley

For fifteen seasons, So You Think You Can Dance has given trained dancers a platform to showcase their talents, in hopes of impressing a panel of judges and the American public enough to keep them in the competition. This season’s judging panel will include the show’s creator Nigel Lythgoe, ballroom dancer Mary Murphy, and actress Vanessa Hudgens.

Last year, 19-year-old contemporary and hip-hop dancer Lex Ishimoto took home the $250,000 grand prize and the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.” It will be interesting to see who follow in his footsteps this year.

Celebrity Family Feud

Season: 5
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 10th at 8pm on ABC
Host: Steve Harvey

Since 2015, this iteration of the long-running series has pitted two celebrity families against one another in efforts to win up to $25,000 for a charity of their choice. In previous seasons, celebrities including Amy Schumer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Snoop Dogg have brought their families to play, and this season promises a star-studded cast as well.

After the Kardashian-Jenners face off against Kanye West’s family in the season premiere, the families of Ice-T, Shaq, and Vanilla Ice among others will take their turns. It’s anyone’s guess who will win, but with Steve Harvey at the helm, there will certainly be no shortage of laughter.

The $100,000 Pyramid

Season: 3
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 10th at 9pm on ABC
Host: Michael Strahan

The $10,000 Pyramid premiered in 1973 and was hosted by the legendary Dick Clark. Since then, the show has seen a number of revivals (and prize increases). In the current iteration, football player turned TV host Michael Strahan presides over the game, and celebrities such as Rosie O’Donnell, Leslie Jones, and RuPaul partner with contestants hoping to make it to the “Winner’s Circle” and compete for the prize money.

Which celebrity-contestant teams will emerge victorious?

To Tell the Truth

Season: 3
Premiere Date: Sunday, June 10th at 10pm on ABC
Host: Anthony Anderson

To Tell The Truth is another game show that has seen its fair share of revivals, but the basic premise has remained the same: three people claim to have some unique talent, story, or identity and are interrogated by a celebrity panel, which is tasked with determining which one of the three is being truthful and which two are lying. The current version incorporates host Anthony Anderson’s mother Doris, who keeps score and cracks jokes throughout the show.

Celebrity panelists in previous seasons have included Sherri Shepherd, Cedric the Entertainer, and Betty White. To date, panelists have identified a seven-time lottery winner, Miley Cyrus’ twerking instructor, and the voice of Siri; whose identities will be revealed this season?

Big Brother

Season: 20
Premiere Date: Wednesday, June 27th at 8pm on CBS
Host: Julie Chen

Big Brother may have the latest premiere date out of all the shows on our list, but it is certainly worth the wait. Since 2000, this guilty-pleasure-meets-social-experiment has quarantined contestants in the Big Brother house, completely cutting them off from the outside world as they compete for weekly power and, ultimately, a $500,000 grand prize.

Big Brother will once again air three nights a week, so viewers surely won’t miss any of the drama. There’s no telling how outrageous the house can get with the right mix of people: we’ve seen countless "showmances" (show-romances), meltdowns, house-wide fights, and other unforgettable moments over the years, and I for one cannot wait for more.

I don’t know about you, but my DVR is about to explode.

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