If you like cringe entertainment (yes, it’s a thing) then you’ve come to the right place. Karan JoharNetflix’s reality series Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is the latest and worthy addition to the genre. So what exactly is cringe entertainment some of you may be wondering. Well, it speaks for itself. Cringe entertainment is basically any kind of ‘art’ that is so bad it is good. Here’s a list of some of the most chilling shows you might want to watch.
Too hot to handle
In the reality dating show Too Hot Too Handle, a bunch of handsome young adults are thrown together in a villa-like place where they undergo various tests to win the top prize. However, there is a catch. They cannot indulge in sex as long as they are part of the game.
Inadvertently hilarious and pointless, Too Hot Too Handle is streaming on Netflix.
Zee’s Dilli Darlings can be called a louder, weirder version of Karan Johar’s Fabulous Lives or Bollywood Wives. A bunch of socialites in Delhi get together for cat parties wherever they hang out. It’s hard to take your eyes off these.
You can watch Dilli Darlings on ZEE5.
Love is blind
Another dating reality show, Love is Blind premiered on Netflix in February this year. And it immediately caught the viewer’s imagination. Love is Blind was funny again, sometimes sweet and mostly addictive. According to a speed date format, thirty adults try to get to know each other by interacting in pods where they cannot see each other. During this ten-day period, the men have to make a decision and propose a woman to marry. The couple meet during the engagement, and things get more experimental and chaotic from then on.
Love is Blind is available to stream on Netflix.
MTV Split Villa
Now it is more than a decade old. Splitsvilla, a desi dating reality show, is the gathering of largely clueless, crafty youngsters who just want to have a great time on a movie set and make some money. Although Splitsvilla is touted as ‘a hunt for love’, almost no couple survives the reality show that involves a lot of planning, conspiracy and treason.
You can view Splitsvilla on Voot.
I know it’s a guilty pleasure for some, and not many people would describe it as quintessential cringe entertainment. But it does fit the parameters – it has that voyeuristic angle to it. People like to watch other people wash their dirty linen in public. This makes people violent, vulnerable and quite annoying Salman Khanhosted show. And unlike most of the shows on this list, Bigg Boss features celebrities (most, unemployed performers).
All seasons of Bigg Boss are currently streaming on Voot Select.
The Swayamwar Series
Remember these? It all started with the moving and hilarious Rakhi Ka Swayamwar. And then TV personalities Rahul Mahajan and Ratan Rajput followed. A group of singles vie for the attention of the aforementioned celebrities in hopes of winning their hearts, which may or may not lead to a “ happily ever after. ”