Who doesn’t love a good reality series? Herewith the NerdiPop top 10 reality series for Geeks and Nerds.
#1. Cut throat kitchen
Cutthroat Kitchen is a reality cooking television show hosted by Alton Brown that premiered on August 11, 2013 on Food Network. Each episode features four different chefs competing in a three-round elimination cooking competition. However, the contestants face auctions in which they can purchase opportunities to sabotage each other or benefit themselves. Each chef is given $25,000 at the start of the show; the winner keeps whatever money he/she has not spent in the auctions. The show is in its sixth season as of November 2014. The series shares some basic elements with the wave of other four-chef three-round elimination-style competitions which began debuting on Food Network around the same time period including Chopped and Guy’s Grocery Games. (source: Wikipedia)
#2. King of THE Nerds
King of the Nerds is an American reality competition series co-produced by Electus and 5×5 Media. It is based on the Revenge of the Nerds films. The show is hosted by actors and executive producers Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, known for their roles as Lewis Skolnick and Dudley “Booger” Dawson, respectively, in Revenge of the Nerds. The series premiered on January 17, 2013, on TBS. The show features nerds and geeks with diverse backgrounds and interests competing in various challenges for a cash prize of $100,000 (USD) and the title of “King of the Nerds”. On July 31, 2014, British Sky Broadcasting channel Sky 1 announced that it had ordered an adaptation of King of the Nerds for the United Kingdom. The UK version, produced by Objective Productions, will be hosted by British television presenter Konnie Huq. (source: Wikipedia)
#3. Face off
Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films. Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the Westmore family of makeup artists, serves as the show’s host, with judges being Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire), and television and film makeup artist Glenn Hetrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5). Creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Extinction, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) served as judge for the first two seasons, but he was replaced by creature designer and concept artist Neville Page (Watchmen, Cloverfield, Avatar) from Season 3. Industry figures and artists including Brian Grazer, Kevin Smith, Paul W. S. Anderson, Greg Nicotero, Doug Drexler, and Gale Anne Hurd have served as guest judges. (source: Wikipedia)
#4. The Hero
The Hero is a American reality competition TV series hosted by Dwayne Johnson. It premiered on TNT on June 6, 2013, and was cancelled on August 1, 2013. Contestants are tested “physically, mentally, and morally” for the title of “hero” and a monetary prize.
#5. The Quest
The Quest is a fantasy-based reality competition series airing on the US network ABC that premiered on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. EST. Filmed on a castle estate outside Vienna, Austria, contestants face a variety of fantasy-themed challenges in the fictional kingdom of “Everealm. Fantasy meets reality as 12 contestants engage in epic challenges in the world of “Everealm”.
#6. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
A group of Creature Designers compete against each other to create puppets and animatronics such as those found in science fiction, comedy and kids’ and family shows. Actress Gigi Edgley from Jim Henson’s Farscape serves as the show’s host. The winner gets prize money and a contract to work with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for a combined total of $100,000. The judges for this show consist of: Brian Henson – The son of Jim Henson who is the chairman of The Jim Henson Company, a writer, a film director, and a puppeteer who had previously worked with The Muppets (where he had performed Muppet characters like Dr. Phil van Neuter, Sal Minella, and Seymour the Elephant), was the lead puppeteer for Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, and performed Hoggle in Labyrinth. Beth Hathaway – A fabrication specialist who worked on Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Inglorious Basterds, The Walking Dead, Django Unchained, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Kirk Thatcher – A production designer who created creatures for Return of the Jedi, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Gremlins. He has also done some designing of the characters from The Jim Henson Hour, CityKids, Dinosaurs, and Aliens in the Family
8. Pawn Stars
Pawn Stars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business opened in 1989 and operated by patriarch Richard “Old Man” Harrison, his son Rick Harrison, Rick’s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell. The series, which became the network’s highest rated show, and the No. 2 reality show behind Jersey Shore, debuted on July 26, 2009.
The series depicts the staff’s interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn and who are shown haggling over the price and discussing its historical background, with narration provided by either the Harrisons or Chumlee.
#8. Storage wars
Storage Wars (stylized as STORAGE WAR$) is an American reality television series on the A&E Network that premiered in December 2010.
When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. The show follows professional buyers who purchase the contents based only on a five-minute inspection of what they can see from the door when it is open. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise.
#9. I survived a Japanese Game Show
I Survived a Japanese Game Show (originally titled Big in Japan) is an American reality show that saw its first season premiere on ABC June 24, 2008. The show followed a group of Americans, who leave the United States for Japan where they competed in a Japanese style game show. The winner takes home US $250,000. The series won both the Best Reality prize and the overall prize at the 2009 Rose d’Or ceremony. Season 2, which was supposed to have premiered on July 8, was moved up to June 17 at and debuted that night at 9PM EDT/PDT. The rating is TV-PG (L) for all episodes. Due to the second season having only half the ratings of the first season, ABC cancelled the show in 2010.
#10. America’s got talent
America’s Got Talent (sometimes abbreviated as AGT) is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of one million dollars. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season. From season three onwards, the prize includes the one million dollars, payable in a financial annuity over 40 years (or the present cash value of such annuity), and a chance to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip. Among its significant features is that it gives an opportunity to talented amateurs or unknown performers, with the results decided by an audience vote. The format is a popular one and has often been reworked for television in the United States and the United Kingdom.