If you’re a fan of reality TV and shows, you’ll know that sometimes, it can feel like a guilty pleasure.
With shows like The Bachelor and Too Hot to Handle on our mind, sometimes we need something a little…different. While Asia isn’t particularly known for their reality TV shows, we’ve got to admit that they do have some pretty good ones under their belt. From travel to dating and just plain having a good time, Asian reality TV shows bring something distinct to the table.
Keep reading to find out which ones you should put on your watchlist ASAP.
Terrace House (2016-2019)
Though the show has been running since 2012, the 2016-2019 editions of Terrace House have blown up thanks to its addition to the Netflix platform. The series, which takes place in varying environments like Hawaii and Tokyo, features a handful of strangers who choose to live together under one roof. There, they date, go to work, and get into the occasional argument and even leave the house when they feel that it’s time. With its peaceful ambience and quiet interactions between housemates, Terrace House has proved that there’s no other show quite like it.
Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey (2017)
The most unconventional of reality dating shows, Ainori features seven single men and women traveling together in a large pink bus in search of love. Simply put, the participants’ goal is to find a partner they can return to Japan with. While trying to couple up, they’re also sightseeing and touring throughout different countries, making this the perfect show for anyone with the travel bug.
The Hungry and the Hairy (2021)
Watch as longtime buddies Rain and Ro Hong-chul embark on a motorcycle adventure across Korea to discover the most interesting and tastiest food in the country. It’s relaxing, it’s fun, and it’s a totally perfect escape to a place far away! Check out this show for a lot of delicious food and unforgettable experiences.
Paik’s Spirit (2021)
Join the renowned culinary chef Paik Jong-won as he wines and dines with other Korean celebs over mouthwatering meals. While the show’s premise might seem simple, there’s a certain charm to Chef Paik and the famous friends he hangs out with. We’re sure you’ll be intrigued by their conversations about life, food, and everything in between!
Single’s Inferno (2021)
Similar to the premise of Love Island, Single’s Inferno is the hottest new thing to captivate viewers across the globe. On an unidentified island somewhere in Korea, young, attractive, and single contestants are made to couple up through a series of events and challenges in order to make it to “Paradise,” an ultra luxe hotel suite with unlimited food and beverages. The goal of the show is to create a couple that lasts, as more contestants are added and “recoupling” takes place. We can’t tell you exactly why it’s so addicting, but it’s definitely the kind of reality dating show you should binge this weekend!
Art Daniella Sison