After the recent conclusion of season 4 of The Circle, fans of the series had the chance to watch wild catfishes, a major LGBTQ + winner playing as himself and even a cast member playing the game as his own mother. But, despite all the fun, the season quickly came to an end, and fans were left looking for more.
Luckily, those fans weren’t alone. Users of the site Ranker have actually been voting on a list of shows that fans can enjoy as they wait for 2023 for the Season 5 premiere. While they are not all The Circlethey’re still great ways to spend the days in the meantime.
Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
10 Rhythm + Flow (2019-Present)
Stream On Netflix
Netflix’s first major musical competition, Rhythm + Flow asked musicians to compete to prove their talents. While the show had several guest judges, the main judges were Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and TI – all major figures that have certainly gained the show acclaim.
The series has been renewed for a second season, leaving fans excited to see more of one of the best musical TV shows. For fans of The Circle who enjoyed the modern social media emphasis of the show, Rhythm + Flow is definitely in touch with any modern fan. Besides, it’s nice to be able to binge a musical competition, since waiting for next week is always the worst part.
9 The Circle: France (2020)
Stream On Netflix
There’s nothing better for fans of a show than getting to see more of it. For fans of The Circle, that means that discovering that there’s a French version of the show could mean more of their favorite content. Having the same premise, the show has the same social maneuvering, tricky gameplay, and cunning that fans have come to enjoy. Besides, some of the best catfishes come from The Circle: France.
While the show does not have English dubbing, it does have subtitles, meaning that non-French speakers can still enjoy the series. And, if fans run out of content from France, there is always The Circle: Brazil for fans to enjoy.
8 Survivor (2000-Present)
Stream On Paramount +
A show that has lasted for over 20 years and 42 seasons, Survivor leaves its castmembers in tropical locations and forces them to work together in tribes to survive and compete in challenges. Tribes also must vote each other out whenever they lose a challenge, meaning strategy and social advancement come into play.
The show is beloved for its strategic maneuvering and exciting locations. Fiji, the Australian Outback, and Borneo have all been major locations featuring considerably different environments. Though some aspects of Survivor are fake, it’s still fun to watch people from numerous walks of life trying to survive after being abandoned on an island.
7 Iron Chef America (2004-2018)
Stream On Discovery +
Given that Iron Chef America has lasted nearly 15 years and 13 seasons, it has more than earned its acclaim by building a strong fanbase. As the title suggests, the show is a gameshow revolving around cooking, as judges do their best to track down the best chefs in America.
The show has spawned numerous spinoffs through the years, ranging from Iron Chef: Gauntlet to Quest for an Iron Legend. While aspects of Iron Chef are certainly fake, it’s still fun to watch the most skilled chefs from around the country competing for the chance to become an Iron Chef.
6 Ultimate Beastmaster (2017-2018)
Stream On Netflix
Somewhat similar to American Ninja WarriorNetflix’s Ultimate Beastmaster showcases top athletes from around the world, as players desperately try to complete elaborate obstacle courses. The course itself, the Beast, is the main challenge for players, who earn the title of “Beastmaster” each time they complete a challenge.
The courses themselves are incredibly complicated, and each seems impossible to complete. It’s amazing to watch, and it’s especially amazing to see what each Beastmaster can accomplish.
5 Top Chef (2006-Present)
Stream On Peacock & Hulu
Another cooking show, and one with 19 seasons (and counting) to date, Top Chef starts off the season with a wide cast of characters, and judges slowly whittle down the cast throughout the season. Judging chefs based on the dishes presented, if any chef has a bad day, it could mean a one-way ticket home.
Like Iron Chef, Top Chef has produced numerous themed spin-offs. Some focus on amateurs and others on masters or on desserts. Fans of The Circle will certainly enjoy some of the arguments on Top Chef and the social problems it can cause. It’s likely why fans ranked Top Chef as highly as they did.
4 The Voice (2011-Present)
Stream On Hulu
A singing show promising a cash prize and a record deal to its winners, The Voice has drawn fans around the world. With a rotating cast of judges, the show’s main draw is just the talent of its performers – and the hope of each fan to see their favorite make it to the end.
After 21 seasons of the show, it makes sense why fans would recommend it. After all, the performances are amazing and have proven capable of sustaining the series for 11 years. While it does not have the same strategic thinking as The Circlethe cast is just as incredible and can keep fans engaged.
3 The Masked Singer (2019-Present)
Stream On Hulu & Tubi
For fans who enjoyed catfishing on The Circle, The Masked Singer is certainly the perfect show. Celebrity singers dress up in elaborate costumes, while judges desperately attempt to figure out their identities along the way, using several clues provided by the show.
Viewers can attempt to play along with the judges, and the least popular singers are sent home – and have their masks removed. It’s a fun show that encourages the viewers to work just as hard as the judges do.
2 Sugar Rush (2018-2020)
Stream On Netflix
A baking show that lasted for three seasons (plus two seasons of a Christmas spin-off show), Netflix’s Sugar Rush has been entertaining fans since 2019. The elaborate creations each team makes help to propel them through each round with the hopes of claiming a small cash prize after each episode.
While the show does not have much in common with The Circle, it certainly scratches the itch of fun reality TV that can be watched in one sitting without much worry. It’s also just a lot of fun, which is certainly why Ranker voters ranked it so highly.
1 Nailed It (2018-Present)
Stream On Netflix
Another baking show, and one that has lasted eight seasons so far, Nailed It scratches the same social media itch that The Circle does, and – given it’s a Netflix show – can be just as easily binged. Amateur bakers are asked to replicate elaborate cake designs, and it goes about as well as fans might expect.
The show is often incredibly funny, especially as contestants desperately try to manage ingredients they’ve never encountered before. The judges often make light of the poor creations, even if some of the cakes actually do end up impressing. Fans likely recommended the show because of how hilarious it can be all throughout the series.
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