Shows That Go Head-to-Head

Nailed It

Our love for Nicole Byer is endless, and this is (one of) the perfect vehicles for her. Her reactions alone are worth the watch, but so are the horrible horrible cakes that will haunt your dreams, maybe forever.

Legendary

This might be the most lavishly gorgeous reality show of all time? The series follows modern ball culture, as eight voguing houses try to outdo each other and compete for $100,000. Contestants have nine total balls to demonstrate their many modeling/dancing/lip-syncing/performance talents. HBO Max has confirmed a second season with returning MC Dashaun Wesley and judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach, and Megan Thee Stallion, so absolutely brush up on the first before that happens.

Worst Cooks in America

Do we watch this to feel better about our cooking skills? Yes. Do we sometimes come away from the show realizing we’ve been cooking something wrong my entire life? Uh huh. Do we occasionally learn a new cooking technique? Absolutely. The reason this show is in its 21st(!) season is because all of that—plus watching someone slowly become not-the-worst at something—never gets old.

Crazy Delicious 

Everyday meals are turned into extraordinary culinary creations in a magical food competition on an edible set. The UK’s most talented food lovers are challenged to produce meals that must impress with originality, visuals, and extraordinary flavors. 

America’s Top Dog 

Police and civilian K-9 teams are tested on their speed, agility, scenting ability and teamwork by completing a series of tasks on obstacle courses designed by experts to mimic real-life challenges that the furry heroes face every day on the beat. 

Best Leftovers Ever! 

Hosted by GLOW’s Jackie Tohn, contestants try to make the most creative and best possible dishes out of average leftovers. Watch as the amateur chefs attempt to make fancy food out of fast food, create meals out of game day appetizers, reinvent date night dinners into yummy breakfasts and more. The competition judges include famed foodies David So and Rosemary Shrager.

Glow Up 

Now in its second season, this competition show has aspiring makeup artists navigating colorful challenges to win a career-making opportunity in the beauty industry. Extreme creativity is encouraged, and contestants are judged by Val Garland of L’Oréal Paris and Dominic Skinner of MAC Cosmetics. The series is hosted by TV presenter Stacey Dooley.  

Tough as Nails 

The Amazing Race‘s Phil Keoghan ventures to construction sites, oil fields and the like, asking workers to meet in tests of strength and mental toughness. The prize? $200,000. 

Match Game 

Comedy’s game show, “Match Game,” features two competitors and a panel of six celebrities. Hosted by Alec Baldwin, each episode puts some of Comedy’s funniest stars in the spotlight. Competitors answer questions and the panelists try to match their answers. After three rounds of the game, the remaining player competes against three panelists. Each matching answer increases their winnings. In the final round, the player spins the star wheel.

Ru Paul’s Drag Race 

The world’s most famous drag queen hosts a series that tries to find the most glamorous drag queen. RuPaul also features as a mentor for the aspiring drag queens, as they search for America’s next drag superstar.

Cannonball 

“Cannonball” is a competition series in which contestants from across America face off in an aquatic arena full of fast and wet challenges. Each episode features 16 larger-than-life personalities willing to jump into the deep end and compete in four rounds of physical challenges — from the speed slide Mega-Ramp to a thrilling Drop Tower to the explosive Air Cannon and more. Each round eliminates more hopefuls, until one champion remains. WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Rocsi Diaz host, while comic Simon Gibson provides color commentary from the sidelines. 

Press Your Luck 

No whammies! Contestants try to steer clear of those devious buggers on the game board that zero out winnings. Season 2 offers a new bonus round — and a chance to score $1 million. 

Game On! 

Keegan-Michael Key hosts two teams, captained by tennis great Venus Williams and Super Bowl champ Rob Gronkowski, as they compete in over-the-top challenges and trivia to win bragging rights. 

HGTV Design Stars 

Ten aspiring designers seek to impress home viewers and an expert judging panel with their design expertise, ingenuity, creativity, and “it” factor during the reality competition, HGTV Design Star. 

INK MASTER

Ten of the country’s most creative and skilled tattoo artists are judged by icons of the tattoo world. They compete for a hundred thousand dollars and the title of “INK MASTER”. 

Common Knowledge 

Host Joey Fatone tests contestants on everyday questions that, in theory, they should know the answers to.  

The $100,000 Pyramid

Two teams of two compete in a word-association game. Each contestant gets a celebrity partner, and one partner provides clues to the other about six mystery words, leaving the other to guess those words before the time runs out. The team with the most points gets to play in the winners circle, where the top prize is $100,000. Michael Strahan hosts.

Jeopardy

“Jeopardy!” is a classic game show — with a twist. The answers are given first, and the contestants supply the questions. Three contestants, including the previous show’s champion, compete in six categories and in three rounds (with each round’s “answers” being worth more prize money). In the third round, “Final Jeopardy,” the contestants can name their own jackpot — as long as it’s within the amount of money they’ve already earned. If a player finishes the second round with zero dollars, they are eliminated from “Final Jeopardy.” 

The Circle 

A Netflix original, players start off isolated in an apartment, and with their online interactions as their only means of any communication. The players use a social media platform called “The Circle”. 

Cash Cab

Contestants unknowingly climb into a NYC cab and try to win money by answering questions correctly on the way to their desired location. Contestant get three strikes or their kicked out, but if they make it all the way they have a chance to double their money! Play along with, Cash Cab!

Chopped Sweets

In a sweet spinoff of the ultimate culinary competition, host Scott Conant challenges four bold pastry artists to take on one of the toughest tests of their lives. Faced with baffling basket ingredients and an unrelenting clock, the sensational, sugar-savvy chefs must demonstrate their skill, concentration and imagination as they race to see who will claim the $10,000 prize.

America Says


Funny man John Michael Higgins is the host of this fill-in-the-blank guessing game on The Game Show Network. Two teams competing to get to the bonus round by guessing what America Says to each question.

Samantha Brown: Places To Love

Okay, traveling around the world is out of fashion at the moment, but Samantha Brown can still take you to some amazing places. Featuring a local guide, this show gets deep into the emotional feelings of some of the most amazing, and yes, even ordinary, places on earth.

Worst Cooks In America

Tired of ordering take-out? Watch this show and you’ll be happy you do! Two teams of contestants go head-to-head trying to make the most basic dishes (literally, tacos) and failing spectacularly. But, in the end, two of these home cooks make a 5-star dinner for accomplished chefs for a chance to win $25,000—and prove they can actually cook.

Cupcake Wars

It’s the sweetest kind of war! Teams try to create the most flavorful, colorful, delicious cupcakes using some insane ingredients all for a chance to showcase 1,000 of their tasty desserts at a local star-studded event.

Iron Chef (Japan/America)

Catch the original that aired in Japan (and watch a chef literally wrestle a giant octopus) or the Food Network version with Alton Brown. It’s one of the most intense cooking shows you’ll see where a chef has 1-hour to beat one of the Iron Chefs from around the world.

Halloween Wars

What do you do with a 300-pound pumpkin, a ton of sugar, and five teams who are trying to make a scary (and frighteningly delicious) Halloween treat for three judges? Jump into this show and you’ll see some pumpkin carving and sugar work that you didn’t think was possible.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Yeah, of course we all think so. But they you get a question about history and your mind goes blank. Check out this show as adults go up against, and partner with real 5th graders in a battle of general knowledge. (Trust me, you’re going to want to check out that old history book you kept from middle school.)

LEGO® Masters

Not much to say here: teams work to create the best work of art with LEGO® blocks—and hope to get the advantage of the “Golden Brick.” (Perfect if you’re going to watch “The LEGO® Movie” soon.

Shear Genius

This isn’t your local barber. Hair stylists work to make the perfect coif and cut out the competition in a show that is far more entertaining than you’d image!

Next in Fashion

18 budding fashion designers compete for a $250,000 prize and the opportunity to launch a clothing line with Net-a-Porter.

Master Minds

We’ve all seen trivia game show contestants who have an encyclopedic knowledge of, well, everything. How would you do against them? In this show, three all-time winners go up against everyday people. Can the typical at-home contestant beat one of the masters? There’s $10,000 at stake if they can.

Minute to Win It

Contestants can win 150,000 by completing ten tasks involving common household objects, with a one-minute time limit for each task. Sound easy? Can you memorize a series of 100 numbers? Or win the Oreo challenge while America watches?

The Rap Game UK

Aspiring British MCs spend 30 days in a recording studio, competing to prove which one of them is the next rap superstar.

Blown Away

A reality show featuring glass blowers from around the world. Yes. Glassblowers. They’re all competing to create the best piece each episode, with one artist getting their dreams shattered as they’re eliminated.

The Final Table

Teams of chefs vie to impress some of the world’s toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes from different nations in this reality cooking competition.

STRONG

10 contestants and 10 of the world’s best fitness trainers will pair up, compete and train together in this physical and mental competition. One team will take home the large cash prize, but all teams will have a transformational experience that will not only change their bodies and lives.

The Chefs’ Line

Home cooks face off against trained chefs to see if passion can beat profession in the kitchen in this reality competition show.

Ellen’s Game of Games

Contestants compete for prizes in a series of sometimes ridiculous games based on The Ellen Show, for a chance to win $100,000.

Game On!

The US version of the British game show ‘A League of Their Own’ where two teams navigate rounds of sporting questions and physical challenges

The Voice

Famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

Project Runway All Stars

Past designers come back to compete for another chance to be the winner of Project Runway and show off their (hopefully better) fashion statements.

Skin Wars

Mix artists from different backgrounds take on body painting for the first time, while being mentored by previous Skin Wars contestants, for the chance to win $10,000.

The Big Flower Fight

Ten pairs of florists, sculptors and garden designers face off in a friendly floral fight to see who can build the biggest, boldest garden sculptures.

Ugly Delicious

Chef David Chang travels around the world tasting food from different cultures showing us all that looks are in the eye of the beholder.

Nailed It

Home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re- creating edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize. It’s part reality contest, part hot mess.

The Chase

A Game Show where contestants must compete against ‘The Chasers,’ a cast of the show’s eccentric and pompous know-it-all characters, in a variety of questions in order to win money by answering more of them correctly than the Chasers.

Lip Sync Battle

Varieties of celebrities pair up to do battle each week using lip sync as their weapon to outdo each other. The audience is the judge, deciding which candidate does the best lip sync performance.

Ultimate Beastmaster

Eighteen competitors from six countries compete against each other in an intense obstacle course for cash prizes, individual glory and national pride. It’s the ultimate contest of grit and determination!

Survivor

In its 39th season, and one of the first reality shows, this classic pits teams of “survivors” set in extreme locales who have to forge alliances (and break them when it makes strategic sense), battle in competitions, and be the last person voted of the island.

Love Is Blind

For ten days in a speed dating format, 30 men and women date each other in different “pods” where they can talk to each other, but not see each other. Whenever they decided, the men were able to propose to the woman they want to marry. After the proposal, and meeting face to face for the first time, they take a couples retreat to see how well they get along. In the end, the couple walks down the aisle and, at the altar, decide if they should get married or split up.

American Ninja Warrior

This sports entertainment series features hundreds of competitors who attempt to run intense obstacle courses across the nation. Each round, these courses get more challenging, culminating in the final event held on the Las Vegas strip where the one winner is crowned the “American Ninja Warrior.”

Forged In Fire

This competition pits a group of blacksmiths (yep, there are still blacksmiths out there) in three rounds of head-to-head battles to forge, decorate and finish a different style of bladed weapon each week. Easily the best blacksmith competition you’ll ever watch.

The Great British Baking Show

Contestants show off their best cakes, desserts, and breads to be crowned star baker. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, the addictive series is worth indulging in.

Chopped

This long-time Food Network staple pits four chefs against each other in three rounds of food prep: appetizer, entrée, dessert. The twist is the “mystery ingredients” in each basket the chefs have to use, which range from foods you know to foods you never knew existed. (1,000-year old egg, anyone?)

The Great Food Truck Race

From coast to coast, you’ll never know where these chefs will show up. Here, teams of food truck cooks compete in a road race and cooking competition in cities across the country, with the team that makes the fewest amount of cash that day eliminated each week. Best part, the winner gets $50,000 AND a new food truck.

Love It Or List It

Love your home? Or do you want to move out? Here, two hosts visit a couple’s home—one person wants to move, one wants to renovate. Then, the fun starts. One of the hosts redesigns the home while the other host looks for a new home for them. At the end of each show, the couple has to decide what to do with their renovated home: “Love It” and stay, or “List It” and move to the new home.

My Lottery Dream Home

Pure fantasy that is real. Just like the name says, this show takes lottery winners and tries to find them a dream home with their winnings. The lucky winner gives a list of features they want in a home and the host shows them three very different places. Which will they choose? Heck, they’re rich anyway…why buy just one?

Top Chef

An upscale cooking competition, this show takes established chefs around the country for a weeks-long competition to create stunning meals. The quality of the dishes is amazing and the competition is fierce, but friendly. So popular, it has several spinoffs:  Top Chef Masters, Top Chef Junior, and Top Chef: Just Desserts.

Project Runway

Focusing on fashion design, this show has contestants compete to create the best clothes with restrictions on time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged by a panel, and one or more designers are typically eliminated from the show each week. During each season, contestants are progressively eliminated until only a few contestants remain. These finalists prepare complete fashion collections for New York Fashion Week, after which one winner is chosen.

Making It

One of the friendliest competition shows around, where it’s not about money, it’s about giving it your best shot and encouraging everyone else around you. From making quilts to woodworking, hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (two of the funniest people around), bring out the jokes as they work with people who just want to…make something.

Queer Eye

The Fab Five set out to help struggling people in different states refine their looks, lifestyle, diet, cultural and their home decor. This documentary series shows people practice self-acceptance and have true personal transformations.

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