It can be hard to find a moment of peace in a world of 24/7 news cycles and social media, but nothing can help a TV fan more than enjoying a good, and addictive, reality competition show.
The unscripted shows can provide all the drama of watching real people make their dreams come true through a series of tasks, while also some laughs along the way.
If you are currently picking between watching Friends for the ten millionth time, or scrolling through Netflix's vast catalog of viewing options, look no further than these seven new and exciting competition series.
This baking competition series is unlike any other in that rather than expecting perfection, it just expects contestants to try their best. Hosted by comedian Nicole Byers, the series features amateur bakers attempting to recreate culinary masterpieces with entertaining, and at times disastrous results.
Even just one episode will leave you with a smile. The first two seasons — season 2 premiered June 29 — are now streaming on Netflix.
Hosted by Australian pastry chef Adriano Zumbo and British cook Rachel Khoo, this show tests amateur chefs with complex challenges like defying gravity or creating desserts inspired by popular Australian cookies.
The unlucky bottom two then battle it out in the dreaded "Zumbo Challenge" where they must recreate some of the famed chef's most jaw-dropping creations including a floating chocolate hat. House of Cards wishes it could be this dramatic. You can stream the first season now on Netflix.
A competition series that is truly relaxing. While most shows of the kind focus on conflict among contestants, this series does a 180 on the concept and shows how contestants support each other as they attempt to impress the panel of judges.
Featuring hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood for the first seven seasons, the show is a breath of fresh air and will inspire you to try your hand in the kitchen. Seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix.
Similar to the Great British Bake Off, this show features contestants of different backgrounds trying to be named the best family of home cooks.
GBBO Season 6 winner Nadiya Hussain and British TV personality Zoë Ball served as hosts for Season 1, while Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli and cooking instructor Rosemary Shrager served as judges and advisers for contestants. The series stands out by taking viewers into the family's homes, adding a new layer of authenticity.
Season 2 (with new judges and hosts) is currently in production but you can stream the first season now on Netflix.
Not in the mood for sweets? This special series features amateur British designers making over rooms on a limited budget while also trying to please their clients who have very specific needs.
Hosted by Tom Dyckhoff, who happens to be a historian of architecture, makes the reality series an educational experience as well as an exciting competition. All four seasons are streaming on Netflix.
Hosted by Rebecca Romjin, this classic competition series centers around tattoo artists who are pushed to the limits of their creativity in unique challenges, such as turning tarot cards into body art and painting their models to disappear in the background.
And if that doesn't sound enticing enough, judges RuPaul, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina are the cutthroat voices of reason we all need in our lives. This show stands out for its originality, and will provide the escape you're looking for. All three seasons are streaming now.
It was only a matter of time before Netflix got in the American Ninja Warrior game. This series sets itself apart from others in the genre by showcasing international competitors running localized versions of truly insane obstacle courses.
Past competitors for the U.S. include Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews, NFL player Tiki Barber and former WWE Champion CM Punk. The show was renewed for season three, with the first two already available for streaming.
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