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The Xfinity Editors Present: 100 Essential Reality TV Series


With a growing collection of streaming services available on X1 and Xumo Stream Box from Xfinity including Discovery+, Paramount+, Max, Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, Peacock, and more, our customers have access to a comprehensive collection of the greatest entertainment content of all time. In celebration of this milestone, the Xfinity Editors have compiled a list of the top 100 most essential reality TV series of all time— from culture-changing hits and water cooler dating shows, to outrageous docu-soaps and addictive competition series. The best part? Every one of these must-watch series is available to stream on both X1!

The 100 essential reality TV series to watch on X1

The collection highlights some of the greatest reality shows that you may have forgotten about, including…

  • The Simple Life – “Loves it.” This series, starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, rocked our early 2000s world. From working regular day-jobs to shopping at Walmart, Paris and Nicole living the “simple life” was always entertaining.
  • Fear Factor – Remember being mortified by this show? Because we do! Fear Factor, which usually involved a large amount of eating gross things, pushed the limits of reality TV like no show ever before (and is still a super-fun watch).
  • Charm School – A deviation from the matchmaking-centric shows of early-2000s VH1, Charm School was an instant cult-classic for reality TV fans, featuring talent like Mo’Nique, Sharon Osborne, and Ricki Lake as “Headmistress” throughout the seasons of this reality-TV infused “charm school”.
  • True Life – From rare medical conditions to doomsday-preppers, True Life on MTV explored some of the lifestyles others may not have been exposed to before that some individuals live every day. If you’re a fan of true (and sometimes really, really raw) reality TV, this one is for you.
  • I Love New York – A spinoff of the iconic Flavor of Love, I Love New York stars Tiffany “New York” Pollard as she searches for true love. Fans of New York will revel in this series, as it contains some of New York’s best quotes and quips (as well as her usual over-the-top antics) of all time.

… and many, many more! With titles from Survivor, to House Hunters, to The Real World, and beyond, there’s a reality TV series for all of our customers to enjoy in this essential TV collection. Ready to start exploring? Simply say “Best Reality TV” or “Best Reality Series” into your Xfinity Voice Remote and dive right in!



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