Imagine you have just been on a vacation with your husband for the first time in over six years. A wonderful Caribbean cruise where you are completely off line. No texting, no Facebook, no service at all. Heavenly.
Now imagine you get back online. You check in to see how your kids are doing, but then you are most excited to listen to a podcast with one of your favorite reality stars.
Sue Aikens, one of the stars of the National Geographic show Life Below Zero, was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience. Sue is amazing, has an amazing story, and is a fantastic storyteller. We were so glad we had a long car ride ahead of us so we could tune in!
Reality shows get a bad rap (some of them deservedly so) but some are surprisingly family friendly! They are entertaining and often times educational!
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Family Friendly Reality Shows
Life Below Zero
Our whole family LOVES this show. It follows several different people and families who live in Alaska and shows the various way they make their home in the last frontier, from traditional to more modern. I highly recommend trying this show out.
- Select seasons of Life Below Zero are available on Hulu or NationalGeographic.com with a cable sign-in. All past seasons can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
How it’s Made
An educational series that documents how various everyday products are made. Perfect for the kids who are always asking questions.
- Select seasons of How it’s Made are available on Hulu or discovery.ca Past seasons can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
The Pioneer Woman
One of our favorite Food Network shows, join Ree Drummond on her Oklahoma ranch where she shares her recipes, family, and ranch life!
- All past and current seasons of The Pioneer Woman are avaible at watch.foodnetwork.com with a cable sign-in. Past seasons can also be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
“So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack, anyway? And can water dripping on your forehead really drive you nuts? Those are the kinds of questions, myths and urban legends that are put to the test in this humorous series that seeks to find out which myths are true and which are not.”
- Select seasons of Mythbusters are available on Hulu or go.discovery.com Past seasons can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
America’s Funniest Videos
Children of the ’80s and ’90s remember this show that debuted in 1989, where viewers from around America send in hilarious home videos.
- Select seasons of AFV are available on Hulu or go.abc.com. Select collections can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video and clips are available on Youtube as well.
“It’s the deadliest job on earth: crab fishing off the Alaskan coast on the icy Bering Sea.” Strap in. This show keeps you on the edge of your seat.
- Select seasons of The Deadliest Catch are available on Hulu or go.discovery.com. Past seasons can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
Man vs Wild
“Seasoned adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls deliberately `strands’ himself in remote and inhospitable location and makes his way back to civilization.”
- Select seasons of Man vs. Wild are available on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
And if your family enjoys Man Vs Wild or Life Below Zero make sure you check out Survivorman, available on Amazon Prime Video
The Grand Tour
An Amazon original motoring show with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, the former hosts of Top Gear. A show filled with amazing cars, lots of laughs, and, even thought they won’t admit, friendship.
- The Grand Tour is an exclusive production for Amazon Prime members. It alone is worth the price of a membership 🙂
And if your family enjoys The Grand Tour hop on over to Motortrend online to catch 25 seasons of the original Top Gear!”
“An examination of the nature of human perception and how it can be fooled. Interactive games and hidden-camera experiments capture hilarious and shocking results, and viewers get real-world takeaways — how to improve memory, get a better night’s sleep, make more money — to use in everyday situations.”
- Select seasons of Brain Games are available to stream on Netflix. Past seasons can be purchased on Amazon Prime Video.
My kids love to watch a different number of shows on HGTV. If you don’t have cable, but you do subscribe to Hulu, you can select ‘networks’ on the home screen where you will see all the shows that network has made available to watch. Hulu has about 20 HGTB shows to choose from This really isn’t a binge watch situation, but a pick and choose thing. One episode of Caribbean Life, one episode of House Hunters, etc.
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Whether you family likes cooking and home shows or nature shows, this list of reality shows has something everyone can enjoy! What is your favorite reality show to watch with your kids?