Reality TV for the Whole Family

In the world of reality TV, the controversial shows tend to grab most of the headlines. But for every Tiger King, there's an Amazing Race: reality shows you can watch with your kids, rather than sneak them in as guilty pleasures after bedtime. These days, there's a reality series about nearly everything, from shows that explore a myriad of careers to docuseries about animal habitats and beyond. Check out some of our favorite reality picks for the whole family below. For more real life-inspired television, check out our Celebrity Reality TV list and Game Shows for Kids and Teens to really kick up the fun.

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Catie's Amazing Machines

age 5+

Stereotype-busting STEM show has lots of fun vehicles.

Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies (2018)
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If I Were an Animal

age 5+

Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer

age 6+

Remarkable dogs helping humans are fun for family viewing.

Network: Disney+ (2020)
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The Dog Whisperer

age 7+

Doggie therapy that's fun for the whole family.

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Pick of the Litter

age 7+

Guide dogs learn their trade in lovely docuseries.

Network: Disney+ (2019)
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Shop Class

age 7+

DIY competition series values hands-on skills and teamwork.

Network: Disney+ (2020)
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Zumbo's Just Desserts

age 7+

Family-friendly baking competition with a magic twist.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Crikey! It's the Irwins

age 8+

Croc hunter's legacy lives on in fun, cheerful family show.

Network: Animal Planet (2018)
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Dancing with the Stars: Juniors

age 8+

Pint-size dance contestants impress in fun reality spin-off.

Network: ABC (2018)
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Disney Insider

age 8+

Behind-the-scenes docu is upbeat, fun for Disney superfans.

Network: Disney+ (2020)
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The Dog House: UK

age 8+

Sweet British reality series about dogs who rescue humans.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Fierce Queens

age 8+

Insightful nature docuseries spotlights female perspective.

Network: Quibi (2020)
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Karma

age 8+

Doing good pays off in super-positive teen competition show.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Kid President: Are We There Yet?

age 8+

YouTube star returns as a teen to spotlight changemakers.

Network: YouTube (2019)
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Mega Machines

age 8+

Interesting docuseries breaks down big engineering marvels.

Network: SCIENCE (2018)
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Nadiya's Time to Eat

age 8+

Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.

Network: Netflix (2020)
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Prodigy

age 8+

Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.

Network: Quibi (2020)
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The Amazing Race

age 9+

Stressful global race features tense moments, teamwork.

Network: CBS, Travel Channel (2001)
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America's Got Talent: The Champions

age 9+

Top international acts compete in talent show spin-off.

Network: NBC (2019)
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Best Job Ever

age 9+

Fun shorts showcase amazing careers, people who choose them.

Network: Disney+ (2020)
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