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 TV Poster Image
Stereotype-busting STEM show has lots of fun vehicles.
Network: Comcast Kid Central, CBeebies
(2019)
(2018)
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If I Were an Animal TV Poster Image
Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2018)
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It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer TV Poster Image
Remarkable dogs helping humans are fun for family viewing.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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The Dog Whisperer TV Poster Image
Doggie therapy that's fun for the whole family.
Network: NatGeoWild, National Geographic Channel
(2006)
(2004)
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Pick of the Litter TV Poster Image
Guide dogs learn their trade in lovely docuseries.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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Shop Class TV Poster Image
DIY competition series values hands-on skills and teamwork.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Zumbo's Just Desserts TV Poster Image
Family-friendly baking competition with a magic twist.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2017)
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Crikey! It's the Irwins TV Poster Image
Croc hunter's legacy lives on in fun, cheerful family show.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
(2018)
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Dancing with the Stars: Juniors TV Poster Image
Pint-size dance contestants impress in fun reality spin-off.
Network: ABC
(2018)
(2018)
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Disney Insider TV Poster Image
Behind-the-scenes docu is upbeat, fun for Disney superfans.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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The Dog House: UK TV Poster Image
Sweet British reality series about dogs who rescue humans.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Fierce Queens TV Poster Image
Insightful nature docuseries spotlights female perspective.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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Karma TV Poster Image
Doing good pays off in super-positive teen competition show.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Kid President: Are We There Yet? TV Poster Image
YouTube star returns as a teen to spotlight changemakers.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2019)
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Mega Machines TV Poster Image
Interesting docuseries breaks down big engineering marvels.
Network: SCIENCE
(2020)
(2018)
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Nadiya's Time to Eat TV Poster Image
Feel-good cooking series has cool hacks, great role model.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Prodigy TV Poster Image
Positive life lessons stand out in sports phenoms' stories.
Network: Quibi
(2020)
(2020)
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The Amazing Race TV Poster Image
Stressful global race features tense moments, teamwork.
Network: CBS, Travel Channel
(2006)
(2001)
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America's Got Talent: The Champions TV Poster Image
Top international acts compete in talent show spin-off.
Network: NBC
(2019)
(2019)
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Best Job Ever TV Poster Image
Fun shorts showcase amazing careers, people who choose them.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
(2018)
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Flying Wild Alaska TV Poster Image
Alaska family pilots unfriendly skies in warm reality show.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge TV Poster Image
Design contest wows with talents, friendly competition.
Network: Syfy
(2014)
(2014)
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Prop Culture TV Poster Image
Charming series explores history of iconic movie artifacts.
Network: Disney+
(2020)
(2020)
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Cheer TV Poster Image
Tough love mixes with competition and positive messages.
Network: CMT
(2012)
(2012)
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Dear ... TV Poster Image
Icons change lives in inspirational letter-writing docu.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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The Employables TV Poster Image
Eye-opening docuseries promotes tolerance, diversity.
Network: A&E
(2019)
(2019)
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Encore! TV Poster Image
Sweet nostalgia in warm, lovable musical reality show.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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Everyday Edisons TV Poster Image
Entrepreneurial kids will enjoy this gentler Shark Tank.
Network: Crackle
(2020)
(2007)
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition TV Poster Image
Interesting and dramatic ... for a reality show.
Network: ABC, Syndicated
(2004)
(2003)
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The Incredible Dr. Pol TV Poster Image
Rural vet's life is positive entertainment for older kids.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2011)
(2011)
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Making It TV Poster Image
Creativity is rewarded on positive crafting competition.
Network: NBC
(2018)
(2018)
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Marvel's Hero Project TV Poster Image
Marvel celebrates the young superheroes walking among us.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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The Repair Shop TV Poster Image
Antique restorations offer history, charm.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2017)
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You vs. Wild TV Poster Image
Interactive survival show lets viewers decide star's fate.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Dirty Jobs TV Poster Image
Ick and shtick will appeal to older tweens and up.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2006)
(2005)
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History 101 TV Poster Image
Smart, engrossing history series explores variety of topics.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Salt Fat Acid Heat TV Poster Image
Global-minded food show concentrates on the basics.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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The World According to Jeff Goldblum TV Poster Image
Delightful docuseries trades on actor's quirky curiosity.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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Born to Play TV Poster Image
Female athletes fight for glory in tender football doc.
Network: ESPN
(2020)
(2020)
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Create Together #With Me TV Poster Image
Series inspires creation, community in uncertain times.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Eat. Race. Win. TV Poster Image
Positive messages, impressive efforts in fun foodie series.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
(2018)
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Magic for Humans TV Poster Image
Magic series mixes illusion with humor, has some language.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Running Wild with Bear Grylls TV Poster Image
Celebs learn survival skills in tense, exhilarating series.
Network: NBC
(2014)
(2014)
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The Weekly TV Poster Image
Smart, emotional news show digs into hot topics.
Network: Hulu
(2019)
(2019)
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We the People: Immigrant Stories and Experiences TV Poster Image
Lighthearted immigration stories challenge and humanize.
Network: YouTube
(2018)
(2018)
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Where Do We Go From Here? TV Poster Image
Blunt, powerful Oprah-led panel about confronting racism.
Network: OWN
(2020)
(2020)
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The Glee Project TV Poster Image
Glee-inspired reality contest is inclusive and inspiring.
Network: Oxygen
(2011)
(2011)
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This American Life TV Poster Image
Compelling true stories from all walks of life.
Network: Showtime
(2007)
(2007)
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Bear Witness, Take Action TV Poster Image
YouTube special explores racial injustice, calls for action.
Network: YouTube
(2020)
(2020)
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Love on the Spectrum TV Poster Image
Adults with autism find love and heartbreak in lovely show.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Say I Do TV Poster Image
Sweet wedding reality show has some emotional moments.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi TV Poster Image
Lovely series explores varied food culture of America.
Network: Hulu
(2020)
(2020)
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