Here are our picks for the best Netflix reality shows including Tiger King

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Netflix may be home to award-winning and critically acclaimed original scripted TV shows and movies, but the streaming service has increasingly been dropping more original reality shows to its audience. The launch of Tiger King in late March, just as the coronavirus outbreak forced many people to stay at home, became a massive pop-culture phenomenon. But what other Netflix reality shows are available to watch besides Tiger King?

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Best Netflix reality shows

1. Tiger King

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Tiger King has all the best parts of a Netflix reality show; a huge cast of crazy characters, along with a series hook that’s hard to resist. However, as it turns out, Tiger King really has more in common with Netflix’s crime documentary shows like The Devil Next Door or Making a Murderer. The look into the lives of “Joe Exotic” and the others who want to take care of wild tigers in captivity is funny at first, but it gets far more serious as we learn more about the major crimes Joe and others are accused of doing. Still, this is a show that has captivated people for a reason, and that’s why it’s on our list of the best Netflix reality TV shows.

2. Queer Eye

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The reboot of this makeover reality series has, in many ways, surpassed the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy show from Brave. Now in its fourth season, Queer Eye follows the same formulas; five guys who are experts in topics like fashion, food, and design try to fix up people so they can be the best they can be. It’s not just guys that need fixing; this show also features women who get big makeovers as well.

3. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

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There’s just one season of this terrific series to watch, but it’s worth it. Marie Kondo may not speak a lot of English, but the Japanese organizer has the universal language of organization to draw upon. She helps others take charge of both their houses and their lives in this show. Her catch phrase of keeping only the items that “sparks joy” in a person continues to be used by people who want to manage their stuff.

4. Nailed It

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This is not only one of the best Netflix reality shows, it’s also one of the funniest. It’s basically the anti-baking competition show. Bakers who should never be let near flour or icing are tasked to replicate a complicated baked food item. The final results are almost never pretty, but that’s the whole point. The competitors know they are bad bakers, but they still give it all they got to complete their goal, no matter what.

5. The Circle

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In this age of social media creating their own celebrates, The Circle is the perfect reality competition show for this era. 100 people are sequester inside an apartment building, and each has their own room. They can communicate with each other via text and a special social media app. Players rate each other and the ones with the lowest ratings are removed until there is a winner. The catch is that each person is in control of their social media profile. They can choose to show and tell the truth about themselves or they can create false profiles in the app. Will they lie, or stay true as they influence their way to the top of the ratings?

6. Fastest Car

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Many car fans love to watch the latest million dollar supercars race on tracks, looking all new and slick. Others prefer older vehicles they can modify so they can go faster. So which is better? That’s what this competition series aims to find out. Exotic new cars like the McLaren 650S or the Lamborghini Huracán race against a modified 1967 Ford Thunderbird or even a 1927 Dodge. It’s pure car fun and one of the best Netflix reality shows.

7. The Toys That Made Us

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Toys have made massive impressions on millions of kids over the decades. However, the stories behind the creation of toy lines like Star Trek, He-Man, Barbie and more make an even bigger impression on us as adults. This reality docuseries tells the untold stories of how popular toy lines got created, how they became a huge part of pop culture and how many of them still remain iconic and well remembered to this day.

8. Love is Blind

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The best Netflix reality show list would not be complete without this dating series. Like The Bachelor, Love is Blind is all about finding the right person. The twist is that the contestants can hear others speak, but cannot see them in their sequestered rooms. The men have to ask the women to marry them in just 10 days, or its over for them. After 10 days, the newly engaged couples go to an exotic tropical location to really get to know each other, before their planned wedding in less than a month. Is true love blind or do we need more than just words to fall in love? This show has a lot of fun finding out, with some emotional stuff as well.