Reality TV shows are similar in many ways. There are hidden cameras, unfiltered conversations, and real-life encounters, and each episode leaves the audience with the same voyeuristic satisfaction. While American reality shows may feel like the epicenter of the popular TV genre, there are many more out there. Reality TV extends across the globe, each series capturing a slice of life from its country of origin. These are just a few examples of what the “real” world looks like.
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The deadliest job on earth? Fishing for snow crabs in Alaska.
A group of wealthy and glamorous friends have their fair share of drama while showing off Mexico City.
The often harsh realities of competitive cheerleading are examined in this beloved series about the sport and the family it builds.
A single woman weeds through dozens of single men to (hopefully) find her true love.
After spending 90 days together, a long-distance couple must decide if they want to wed.
Survival is pushed to the limits in this extreme competition series where contestants are deprived of food, water, and resources in the Andes mountains.
Impressive social media skills mean a big cash prize in this friendly and light-hearted reality series.
The Brazilian episodes of Netflix's first-ever global competition series are hosted by local favs who helped make the series a phenomenon.
The Jersey Shore is given a run for its money in this Newcastle-based MTV reality series about a group of friends in England.
Unlike other dating shows, this one takes place at a blind date-only restaurant where the staff is known to get involved.
Men search for thier prince charmings in Germany's first reality series about gay couples.
A team of experts place two singles together so they can get married immediately after meeting each other.
Before Survivor became a phenonmenon in the United States, Sweden debuted the original survival reality series that pushed people to live in an isolated location in hopes of winning a grand prize.
Singles work to build a house together and find love. The show has resulted in marriages, children, and a dedicated fanbase.
Africa's first Real Housewives franchise centers around a group of elite women, two of whom are going through a divorce.
Businesswoman Bonang Matheba gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at her fast-paced life.
The search for Kenya's best new actor is on in the country's first-ever acting competition reality series.
Audiences at home vote contestants out of a Big Brother-esque house in this long-running reality TV series.
Born out a frustration around the fakenesss of reality TV, this Chinese show highlights a group of talented rappers who aim to "keep it real."
Since 2017, Korean it-couple Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon have been letting the world inside their idyllic home.
A hot pink bus becomes more than just transportation for seven singles who hop aboard for a summer of travel and, hopefully, love.
As one of the country's most successful reality series, this show proves home improvement is universally beloved.
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Duos compete to have the best rental properties (and somehow don't utter the name Airbnb, where you can rent all of them).
Wealthy and pregnant? You'll fit right in on this Real Housewives-adjacent series.
The Australian version of the popular U.K. series is still about excited and tan singles looking for love.