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5 Shows like Jersey Shore: No-Holds-Barred Reality TV

Be prepared to be shocked as you step into the lives of a group of outrageous friends in a no-holds-barred reality TV show. They didn’t really do that did they? Oh yes, they did! If you love being a fly on the wall, take a look at these TV series like ‘Jersey Shore’ including spin-off show ‘The Show with Vinny’ and the UK’s own ‘Made in Chelsea’.

Enter the Land of Crazy

‘Jersey Shore’ is a reality-based look at the lives of several New Jersey 20-somethings and their many friends and partners. This MTV show is a warts and all account of the everyday goings on of this wild bunch, with some very shocking moments.

The show definitely appeals to a younger audience and should be taken with a pinch of salt. The shenanigans of Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and the rest of the gang have made them regulars on celebrity catwalks and have led to a splurge of TV shows like ‘Jersey Shore’.

‘The Show with Vinny’ (Fremantle Media, 2013-)

Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagino gets his own reality TV talk show in which he invites celebrities into his Staten Island home. The celebrities enjoy candid conversation with Guadagnino’s family and even get to taste some of his homemade Italian food.

This hit show has attracted big name stars like Mark Wahlberg and Lil Wayne as well as reality TV favourites and stars of ‘Jersey Shore’.

Similarity Match: 90%
If Vinny is your favourite Jersey Shore star, you will be in your element watching this show. It is more chat show than soap opera though.

‘Geordie Shore’ (Lime Pictures, 2011-)

Geordie Shore’ is the UK version of Jersey Shore, set in Newcastle.  The show follows eight young men and women as they hit the Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s party scene with aplomb.

If you have not watched Geordie Shore you will are bound to have heard about the stars of the show in celebrity gossip magazines as this little lot like to grab the headlines.

Similarity Match: 85%
While the cast of ‘Geordie Shore’ is wild, there are not as many shocking moments as ‘Jersey Shore,’ with the Brits slightly more reserved than the Americans.

‘The Hills’ (Done and Done Productions, 2006-2010)

After high school graduation, “Laguna Beach” alumna Lauren sets out to live on her own in Los Angeles and work as an intern at Teen Vogue. The hit American reality TV show sees Lauren meet a group of men and women who are searching for success in tinsel town, some having more success than others.

We see the group go through many make-ups and break-ups and it is fun to see just how people can change in such a short space of time.

Similarity Match: 80%
‘The Hills’ is very much like ‘Jersey Shore,’ with equally as shocking moments and fun party atmospheres in each episode.

‘Made in Chelsea’ (E4 Productions, 2011-)

Another series like Geordie Shore’ is ‘Made in Chelsea’. ‘Made in Chelsea’ is another British reality TV show that chronicles the lives of a bunch of upper-class men and women in London’s wealthy Chelsea district.

The show has won a BAFTA award and is a semi-structured show in which the real lives of the stars are manipulated in order to make them more interesting for TV viewers.

Similarity Match: 75%
The guys and gals of ‘Made in Chelsea’ would not be seen dead getting up to some of the exploits of the Jersey Shore gang, they are far too posh for all of that. You will still have fun watching this gang, though, most of the time laughing at them rather than with them.

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ (Sirens Media, 2009-)

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is one of the ‘real housewives’ shows that have taken the US and the UK by storm. As you may have guessed, the show charts the ups and downs of a group of women living in New Jersey as they live their lives as ladies of leisure whilst their rich husbands go out to work.

These ladies are not teenagers anymore, but there sure is a lot of teen-like tantrums and fall-outs which make the show lots of fun.

Similarity Match: 70%
‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is great if you like ‘Jersey Shore’ but you have grown out of the juvenile storylines.


For Your next Reality Fix

I hope you can’t wait to watch these reality shows similar to ‘Jersey Shore’.

Which reality series do you recommend to other fans?

If you’re a ‘Jersey Shore’ fan we want to read your suggestions, in the comments below.

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