The Best New Reality TV Shows of 2020

Blind dating while dancing? Count me in!


Reality television has a lot to answer for. Yes, it brought us 90 Day Fiancé and the Real Housewives franchise, but it also brought us show after show of stilted, scripted conversation and some unabashedly awful reality concepts. But 2020 is set to be a banner year for reality TV, thanks to innovative new shows like Jenna Dewan's Flirty Dancing and Alexa Chung and Tan France's Next In Fashion, and the returns of old favorites like Extreme Makeover and Naked and Afraid. No matter what happens in 2020, you can rely on these new shows for some top-notch binge-watching.

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'Flirty Dancing'

In FOX's adaptation of UK show Flirty Dancing, two strangers will learn a choreographed routine with a choreographer before they meet for the first time and perform it together. Each individual will perform with two different partners and then have to choose who they want to ask on a date. Did we mention that Jenna Dewan is hosting?

Premieres Dec. 29 8 p.m. ET on FOX

'Married at First Sight'

In the newest season of this hit series, five couples in Washington, D.C. will get married—but the first time they'll meet their partner will be when they're walking down the aisle. The couples have eight weeks to decided if they want to keep things going or get a divorce.

Premieres on Lifetime, Jan. 1 at 7. p.m. ET, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET


The queen of bringing families back together is back on our screens once again. In this 20-episode season, original host Jo Frost will enter dysfunctional family homes and provide guidance and tips to help the family reconnect.

Premieres on Lifetime, Jan. 1, at 10 p.m. ET

'60 Days In'

If you’re a crime junkie, A&E’s 60 Days is a show about seven volunteers who enter prison for 60 days to uncover contraband or whatever other corruptions are going on among the prisoners. This season will be set at the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama.

Premieres on A&E, Jan. 2, 10 p.m. ET

'My Feet Are Killing Me'

If you love watching medical transformations, allow us to introduce you to TLC’s My Feet Are Killing Me. Follow Dr. Ebonie Vincent and Dr. Brad Schaeffer as they tackle everything from fungus to toe amputations in this new medical series. Warning: Not for the faint of heart.

Premieres on TLC, Jan. 2, at 10 p.m. ET

'Extreme Love'

This show is here to remind us that there really is someone out there for everyone. Extreme Love follows the stories of unusual relationships, from a mermaid couple to a man who fell in love with an airplane. As we said—someone for everyone!

Premieres on WE TV, Jan. 3, 10 p.m. ET

'Naked and Afraid: Alone'
Discovery Channel

Spending three weeks naked and alone with a stranger on an island already sounds like something we don't want to do...but the idea of braving it alone is somehow worse. The Discovery channel is bringing back the survival show with a twist: they’ll be seasoned veterans of the show, but they’ll be 100 percent alone. We’ll miss watching people suffer together, but this sounds even crazier.

Premieres on Discovery, Jan. 5, 10 p.m. ET

'Siesta Key'

The best way to sum up Siesta Key: It's a little like The Hills, in that we're following a group of early 20-somethings as they navigate love, work, friendship, and all that good stuff. The third season kicks off with the friends having to choose between Juliette and Alex after their nasty breakup. Oh, and have we mentioned that Robby Hayes from The Bachelorette shows up this season as a love interest? Things are about to get interesting.

Premieres on MTV, Jan. 7, at 8 p.m. ET

'Family or Fiancé'

Newly engaged couples invite their families to live under one roof with them for three days, coming together to hear their concerns about their recent engagement. At the end of each visit, we find out if everyone in the family has given their blessing—and if they haven't, whether the couple will choose to continue with the wedding.

Premieres on OWN, Jan. 11, 9 p.m. ET

'Collector's Call'

You'll meet some of the biggest pop culture collectors alive in this series, hosted by The Facts of Life's Lisa Whelchel. And you'll learn about the largest collections out there, from KISS to Winnie the Pooh memorabilia, and find out if the collectors are willing to trade one of their prized possessions for something even cooler.

Premieres on MeTV, Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m. ET

'Spy Games'

Inspired by the World War II program Station S, which picked a handful of ordinary citizens to train to become spies, 10 strangers will live and train together to become secret agents. The winner of the physical and mental competition will walk away with $100,000. One of the show’s producers is David Burris from Survivor, so that's something!

Premieres on Bravo, Jan. 20, 10 p.m. ET

'Next In Fashion'

Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and fashion It girl Alexa Chung, this fashion show will feature a group of designers competing to win challenges each week. The 10-episode series will end with one lucky person walking away with $250,000 and seeing their first collection live on Net-a-Porter. So, basically, living the dream.Premieres on Netflix, Jan. 29

'Girl Scout Cookie Championship'
Scott Gries

Kick off the best time of the year, a.k.a. Girl Scout cookie selling season, by watching bakers turn Thin Mints into something even better. The host of this cooking show is none other than Alyson Hannigan from How I Met Your Mother. As for the prize, we’re talking a year supply of Girl Scouts cookies...and the trip of a lifetime.

Premieres on Food Network, Feb. 3, 8 p.m. ET.

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

The O.G. home makeover show is back, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosting. It'll feature guests from LeAnn Rimes to ex-host Ty Pennington. (We'll be over here yelling “MOVE THAT BUS!”)

Premieres on HGTV, Feb. 16, 9 p.m. ET

'90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days'

In this prequel to TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé, we meet couples who are doing some serious long distance. In this reality-based series, we follow one partner in an international relationship as they set to travel to their loved one’s country for the first time to see if they can actually make the relationship work past a phone screen.

Premieres on TLC, Feb 23., 8 p.m. ET


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