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These Are The 12 Best New Reality Shows Of 2021

The shows are SO good you'll overlook the bad cooking, bad men, and bad relationships.
PHOTO: netflix/cooking with paris

When it comes to reality TV, viewers have a lot of options, especially when it comes to tentpole favorites. The Bachelor premiered in 2002. The Real Housewives franchise has been around for 15 years. Survivor is somehow about to start its 41st season. But what if you're looking for something else? New reality shows debut all the time, and believe it or not, they just seem to get more entertaining.

Plenty of new reality TV shows have debuted in 2021. There's a show about a socialite-turned DJ-turned-cooking show host working her way around a kitchen. There's a spinoff about a dog rescue center. There's even a show about fuckboys on an island called, obviously, FBoy Island.

The reality shows that premiered this year may not become classics that last for 40+ seasons, but they do provide much-needed entertainment. Check out 12 of this year's best new reality shows below.

Bling Empire

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Bling Empire took the internet by storm when it premiered on Netflix in January. The series follows an eccentric group of wealthy Asian and Asian-American friends living in Los Angeles. The highlights include drama over petty fights over expensive jewelry and two cast members secretly trying to track down their friend's long-lost father.

Cooking With Paris

The one and only Paris Hilton has returned to reality TV with Cooking With Paris. The Netflix show features the socialite and DJ cooking (poorly, LOL) with celebrity guests including Kim Kardashian, Saweetie, and Paris' own family.

FBoy Island

On HBO Max's FBoy Island, three women try to find love among 24 men while in an island paradise. The problem is 12 of the men are "nice guys" while the other 12 are "self-proclaimed FBoys" who have no interest in actually dating anyone long-term. Oh, and also, there is $100,000 at stake and the FBoys are literally just there for the money.

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My Unorthodox Life

My Unorthodox Life follows Julia Haart, the CEO of Elite World Group, who left her Haredi Jewish community in 2013. In addition to following Haart and contrasting her current life with her past, the Netflix show also shows her family life as a mom to four kids.

The Big Shot With Bethenny

Longtime reality TV staple and former Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel got a new show this year with HBO Max's The Big Shot With Bethenny. The series spotlights Frankel trying to find a new vice president of operations for her Skinnygirl brand out of a group of contestants.

The Big Day

The Netflix series The Big Day gives viewers a close look at the multibillion-dollar Indian wedding industry through the lens of six couples who are getting ready to tie the knot and have stunning weddings of their own.

Top Chef Amateurs

Bravo's Top Chef has been around since 2006, but this year it got a new spinoff. On Top Chef Amateurs, home cooks face off against each other in challenges that were previously seen on Top Chef.

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The Hype

The Hype is a fashion design competition show focused on streetwear. The 10 designers on the HBO Max series compete for $100,000 and to have their designs sold online.

Secret Celebrity Renovation

Secret Celebrity Renovation features various celebrities surprising people in the lives with home makeovers. Celebs featured on the CBS show have included Eve, Anthony Ramos, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Vanderpump Dogs

Lisa Vanderpump got her own spinoff show when Vanderpump Rules grew out of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, and now she has another series. Vanderpump Dogs, on Peacock, shows the goings-on of Vanderpump's dog rescue center and foundation. It's basically just a way to watch a lot of cute dogs being cute!

Love In Paradise: The Caribbean

At this point, there are a ton of shows in the 90 Day Fiancé franchise, and the latest is Love In Paradise: The Caribbean. Staying true to form, this spinoff is about people who met while on vacation in Caribbean countries and are now trying—and kinda failing—to make their relationships work.

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Sweet Life: Los Angeles

Sweet Life: Los Angeles is produced by Insecure creator and star Issa Rae, and it follows a group of twenty-something friends in Los Angeles with a focus on what it means to be Black in South L.A. Drama ensues as they try to make their dreams come true!