The 14 Most Anticipated Reality TV Shows of 2020

The 14 Most Anticipated Reality TV Shows of 2020
Whether you love to hate it, hate to love it, or are somewhere in between, there’s no doubt that reality TV is one of the most polarizing entertainment genres there is. However, there is no better genre to watch while you’re procrastinating on that assignment, or to take your mind off of a bad day at work. And some reality shows might even teach you something.

As we enter the new year, there are a whole new crop of shows just waiting to be watched—here are the most anticipated reality shows of 2020, from your returning favorites to some brand-new series.

1

Dr. Pimple Popper

A new season of the TLC show hit your TV screen in January, and it features even more of the pimple popping, cyst draining, and gory skin removals that fans love.

Premiere Date: January 2

2

My Feet Are Killing Me

You know what, maybe pimple popping videos are just so 2019 to you. In that case, we suggest checking out My Feet Are Killing Me, a new TLC show that follows celebrity podiatrists Dr. Ebonie Vincent and Dr. Brad Schaeffer as they take on everything from fungal infections to painful foot injuries.Premiere Date: January 2

3

Naked and Afraid: Alone

Ever wondered what would happen if you mixed the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid with the History Channel’s Alone? You would get Naked and Afraid: Alone! Because being naked, hungry, and scared as hell while with a partner wasn’t enough, the show is now going to take some returning participants and force them to survive in the wilderness all alone.

Premiere Date: January 5

4

The Bachelor

Fans might have debated if you should take the time to watch another attractive guy court 30 attractive women with the same name (nice to meet you every Lauren and Hannah stepping out of the limo) travel-hopping and making out in the typical museum and restaurant. But they were not prepared for a twist no one expected. Also, he’s the guy who had sex in a windmill.

Premiere Date: January 6

5

The Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser is back and better than ever, but this time it’s on a new network, with new trainers, and there’s a new goal. Host Bob Harper told Men’s Health that the show will have a new focus on wellness and aftercare, with contestants having support when the show is over.

Premiere date: January 28

6

Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer

Serial killer Ted Bundy re-entered public consciousness in 2019 with the release of the documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and the movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Now, his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer is telling her side of the story on screen for the first time ever with this Amazon Prime mini series.

Premiere Date: January 31

7

The Masked Singer

I don’t know why this show is so popular. You don’t know why this show is so popular. And yet, The Masked Singer is one of the highest-rated shows on Fox, and it consistently books top talent like Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. Season 3 is expected to be even more of a hit.

Premiere Date: February 2 (after the Super Bowl!)

8

Survivor 40, The All-Winners Season

You’ve wished and waited and prayed for it, and now it’s finally here. Survivor went big for its 40th season with an all-winners edition of the show we all know and love. Expect the regular twists, turns, and blindsides, but with even more drama and incentive—the prize money for this season is reported to be $2 million.

Premiere Date: February 12

9

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

“Move that bus” is back! In the reboot of the original ABC series, Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosts families whose stories are worthy of deserving a home makeover, changing their lives forever. Plus it’s on HGTV—the perfect place for a show like this!

Premiere Date: February 16

10

Buddy vs. Duff

Buddy vs. Duff was Food Network’s highest-rated show of 2019, as 14 million viewers turned in to watch who would be crowned the “undisputed king of cake.” The show also gifted us with a very entertaining temper tantrum from the Cake Boss when he lost a challenge.

Premiere Date: March 15

11

Top Chef has only had one all-star season in its 16-season run, so this season is bound to be exciting. Returning contestants for season 17 include Eric Adjepong and Nini Nguyen, and they’ll be joined by host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons. Unfortunately, there’s no trailer for All-Stars L.A. yet, but we’ll update as soon as it’s released.

Premiere Date: March 17

12

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart

For those looking to combine your favorite reality TV obsession with finding your strapping musician in leather armor, well this show is for you. From the producers of the Bachelor franchise, up-and-coming musicians come together to find true love via their one true passion—music.

Premiere Date: April 13

13

The Amazing Race

TAR is one of the toughest reality shows there is—it’s just you, your partner, and 21 days to race around the world. Season 32 is expected to premiere in 2020, but details about the season are scarce for now, along with production being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Premiere Date: Fall 2020

14

The Bachelorette

The 16th season of the long-running ABC show was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but filming is currently underway at a resort in La Quinta. Clare Crawley will be in the title role, and she was was the runner-up on the 18th season of The Bachelor with Juan Pablo. She’s also appeared on two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Winter Games.

Premiere Date: Fall 2020

Temi Adebowale is the Editorial Assistant at Men’s Health.

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