16 Moments That Prove Reality TV Wasn’t All Bad In 2020

Tell us you love Punkee without telling us you love Punkee. Sign up to our newsletter, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. It'll mean the world.

2020 was an absolute shitshow of a year, we all know that by now. And things didn’t get much better over in the world of reality TV.

This year, our staple shows: Married At First Sight, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette provided us with lacklustre moments, love stories that were hard to become invested in, and so much orchestrated drama that it sucked out all the fun of watching these shows.

So while we’re still recovering from the mess of Locky Gilbert, and Elly and Becky Miles’ seasons respectively, it’s important to remember that reality TV wasn’t ALL that bad this year. In fact, there were some pretty damn good moments.

“Sounds fake, but OK,” you’re probably thinking. But stop! We’re here to remind you that MasterChef brought us SO many wholesome moments, even in the darkest days of lockdown. We’re here to reminisce on David Genat’s Australian Survivor: All Stars journey (yes, that really was this year). And even if Bachelor In Paradise was a bit of a hot mess, it brought us not one but TWO epic love stories.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember the good parts of reality TV this year:

1. Sweet, wholesome Ben on Junior Masterchef 

He won us all over with his enthusiasm, contagious laugh, and one-liners. Someone give this kid a cooking show ASAP.

2. Actually, just all of Junior MasterChef.

The kids were so DAMN wholesome and always happy to help each other out. Are we just a Filo stan account now? Maybe!

3. Hot David winning Australian Survivor: All Stars.

He outplayed, outwitted, and outlasted his competitors, while permanently cementing himself in the hearts of all Aussies. A true King.

4. Mary and Conor’s love story on Bachelor In Paradise.

From a Paradise romance, to one of the cutest families to come out of the Bachy series, Cleanskin Conor and Mary reinstalled our faith in the franchise.

5. And Alisha and Greg making us all believe in love again.

greg alisha bachelor in paradise

Still get emotional just thinking about their love.

6. Alisha & Renee’s girl empowerment episode on Paradise.

renee alisha ciarran's ring bachelor in paradise

Watching Alisha be there for Renee and encourage her to get rid of her baggage (the ring she made for Ciarran) and yeet it out into the ocean was one of our favourite Paradise memories.

7. Juliette keeping things entertaining for us on The Bachelor. 

juliette the bachelor love in lockdown

If it wasn’t for Juliette during the Zoom lockdown episodes, would we have even watched? Queen of dancing to no music, Queen of shutting down her laptop mid-argument, Queen of getting her hair stuck in a plant… honestly, what can’t she do?

8. Angela and her tea on Big Brother.


View this post on Instagram


And that’s the tea. ☕️☕️☕️

A post shared by Punkee (@itspunkee) on

Forget the Big Brother showmance between Chad and Sophie – Angela finally being gifted her tea after being deprived was a heartwarming moment for all.

9. Katy Perry featuring on this year’s MasterChef.

They’ve used ‘Hot N Cold’ as their theme song for years, and finally Katy graced the MasterChef kitchen with her presence, much to the delight of all the contestants. She’s the chaotic judge we never knew we needed.

10. And Reece and Brendan‘s wholesome MasterChef friendship.

Watching the BFFs playfully bicker, all while supporting each other was the MasterChef spinoff segment we all deserved. They made the show that much more entertaining to watch.

11. Poh’s chaotic energy gracing our screens again and gifting us with many memes.

Poh GIF by MasterChefAU

Watching Poh was somehow glorious and insanely stressful all at the same time, and the season wouldn’t have been the same without her.

12. And of course, the three new MasterChef judges adding a whole new dynamic to the show.

From the memes that spurred the “Andy vs. Melissa” critiques, to the joy Melissa brought into our lives as a judge, we can’t even remember the names of the three other dudes who used to host this show.

13. 2019’s Love on the Spectrum making its way to a larger audience on Netflix.

Debuting on ABC late last year, a lot more people got acquainted with the four-part series Love on the Spectrum after it was released on Netflix. Forget The Bachelor, we are forever invested in Michael’s journey to find love!

14. And on an international note, watching the couples from Love Is Blind find love and, for some of them, stay in love.


View this post on Instagram


They liked it so they put a ring on it. 💍

A post shared by Love is Blind (@loveisblindnetflix) on

Forever obsessed with Cameron and Lauren, while being equally obsessed, yet somewhat surprised that Barnett and Amber really did make it all work out.

15. Being introduced to Adam on The Bachelorette.


16. And in the most wholesome news, Trish being set free on MAFS.

married at first sight trisha leaving

The show won’t be the same without horny Trish, but we’re glad she got out.