Non-fiction shows trending on OTT right now!
- May 6, 2022
Ah, Non-fiction. A stellar way to ignore the state of the world and focus on – Our entertainment. Non-fiction TV shows have been a popular staple of television for years. The genre has existed since the 1970s, but it didn’t gain popularity until the 1990s, when MTV gave us the diamond that was and always will be The Real World. Following then, there was a surge in non-fiction tv.
The best non-fiction shows on television are truly unscripted and range from feeling like reality TV to having the energy of documentaries while being neither and everything in between. And while reality TV is great and all, there’s also a lot of it. And we’ve got a wide variety of shows on this list. Without further ado, these are the non fiction shows trending right now on OTT. And you’re about to be entertained for hours on end. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next new favorite show.
The Kardashians (Hulu)
Keeping up with the Kardashians ran for 20 seasons—from 2007 to 2021—and documented the family as they became some of the most famous personalities in the world. With this chapter closed, there’s already a new one here- The Kardashians on Hulu. The first trailer for the show premiered back in March, and it addressed everything. From Kylie’s very public pregnancy, Kourtney having a baby, To Kanye and Kim drama and the iconic “you need to get off your ass and work”, it appears that this show is going to raise the Kardashians to new heights.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)
Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a Netflix and Formula One-produced documentary series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the drivers and races of the Formula One World Championship.This docuseries provides viewers with unparalleled, up-close access to the participants in one of the world’s most prestigious racing championships. “Formula 1: Drive to Survive ” tells the genuine narrative of the fast sport, which is about more than just competing for the top spot. There’s also a fight over the multibillion-dollar company’s heart, soul, and direction. Changes that a team goes through following a change in ownership, as well as the pressure to outperform other drivers, are all part of the storylines. Latest season covering the 2021 World Championship premiered on 11 March 2022 on Netflix.
Masterchef Australia: Fans & Favourites (Disney+ Hotstar)
MasterChef Australia returned for its 14th season on Disney+ Hotstar on 19 April 2022. This latest season will see a total of 24 contestants including 12 previous season favourites and 12 foodies compete to achieve the ultimate culinary title. The winner of the show’s inaugural edition, Julie Goodwin is being brought back, along with other notable names like Sashi Cheliah, and Billie McKay. Sarah Todd is also ready to surprise the judges with her version of some traditional Indian dishes.
The trio of Jock Zonfrillo, Andy Allen and Melissa Leong will be in the judges’ seats and they are all set to provide different culinary challenges to the aspiring chefs in the MasterChef Kitchen. The winner of this edition will be awarded prize money worth $250,000.
Queer Eye (Amazon Prime and Netflix)
The original series aired on Bravo for five seasons from 2003 to 2007. The reboot began on Netflix in 2018. This makeover series, originally titled Queer Eye for The Straight Guy (they dropped the “straight guy” part for the revival, which is all-inclusive), focuses on the Fab 5, a group of queer and gay men who each have an individual focus on fashion, style, personal grooming, interior design, and culture, perform a makeover on a person in need. The fourth and fifth seasons of the original series are available for purchase on Amazon Prime, and the revival is streaming now on Netflix.
Selling Sunset (Netflix)
The flagship show of the Selling franchise, Sunset, began in 2019, with the fifth season came out this year. The first spinoff, Tampa, just premiered this year, and a Newport Beach series is in the works. Each series follows a group of glamorous real estate agents as they sell million-dollar mansions and deal with life drama. For Sunset, think Million Dollar Listing but with the filmography of The Hills–they have the same creator, Adam DiVello–and the ultimate villain, Christine Quinn. Tampa has the same concept but follows an entirely different, all-POC brokerage in the Florida city. All episodes of both shows are available on Netflix.
In comparison to scripted shows, non-fiction programming on streaming platforms is only getting started. People are always on the lookout for strange stories, fascinating worlds, and riveting themes that are as startling as, if not more so, than the narrative of a scripted drama or thriller. We firmly think that reality is weirder and, at times, far more compelling than fiction. Also, by not choosing “reality” programming or even “unscripted” programming, and instead choosing “non-fiction” as a descriptor, that opened the door a lot wider for documentaries — and the brutal truth is that this entire list could have been filled with great documentaries. But that seemed exclusive, or an idea for another list entirely.
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