‘Cheer,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Made it High on Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards

The 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards is bound to bring the taste we long to savor when it comes to TV shows. The announcement happened last June 29 and the winners are promising and well-deserved. The Critics Choice Real TV Awards honors deserved shows in unscripted and reality programming across broadcast nonfiction,  cable and streaming.

There was a tie in the culinary show category, with both ‘Chopped’ and ‘Top Chef’ winning the award. While the Netflix’s Cheer and Queer Eye made it to the top of the 2020 Critics Choice Real TV Awards. Each show bagged two coveted awards. Cheer got the unstructured series and male star of the year Jerry Harris and Queer Eye for lifestyle: fashion/beauty show and ensemble cast in an unscripted and spontaneous series.

On the other hand, Netflix, which had earned the most nominations in this year, brought home most of the major awards with eight dazzling and lavish prize. Netflix bagged the awards including in the category of outstanding achievement in nonfiction programming by a network or streaming platform. Also, the male and female star of the year awards was decided and given the power by fans. Female star of the year went to the lead of TLC’s Dr. Pimple Popper, Dr. Sandra Lee. Other influential and high-topping TV shows that brought home the bacon include ESPN’s The Last Dance (sports show), Netflix’s Love Is Blind, RuPaul’s Drag Race (competition series), Hulu’s Hillary (limited doc series), and HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation (lifestyle: home/garden show).

Another promising recognition was awarded to Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time won the game show award with host Alex Trebek winning for Best Show Host and his second after  Daytime Emmys on Friday night has given him the same award. 

Hence, Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award goes to the survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst for his ongoing contributions to unscripted TV, as Survivor celebrates its 20th anniversary and 40th season and one of the longest running TV show in the country.

A full list of this year’s winners follows.

Competition Series

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) (WINNER)

LEGO Masters (Fox)

Making It (NBC)

Survivor (CBS)

Top Chef (Bravo)

Competition Series: Talent/Variety

The Voice (NBC) (WINNER)

American Idol (ABC)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

La Voz (Telemundo)

Songland (NBC)

Unstructured Series

Cheer (Netflix) (WINNER)

Couples Therapy (Showtime)

Intervention (A&E)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked! (VH1)

We’re Here (HBO)

Structured Series 

The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+) (WINNER)

Encore! (Disney+)

Prop Culture (Disney+)

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Shark Tank (ABC)

Business Show

Shark Tank (ABC) (WINNER)

Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (Fox)

The Profit (CNBC)

T-Pain’s School of Business (Fuse)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

Sports Show

The Last Dance (ESPN) (WINNER)

Blackballed (Quibi)

Cheer (Netflix)

Last Chance U (Netflix)

Peyton’s Places (ESPN+)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Crime/Justice Series

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix) (WINNER)

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO)

The Innocence Files (Netflix)

The Pharmacist (Netflix)

Trial by Media (Netflix)

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix)

Ongoing Documentary Series

Frontline (PBS) (WINNER)

Abstract: The Art of Design (Netflix)

The Circus: Inside the Craziest Political Campaign on Earth (Showtime)

Last Chance U (Netflix)


Limited Documentary Series

Hillary (Hulu) (WINNER)

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBO)

Cheer (Netflix)

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix)

The Last Dance (ESPN)

Trial by Media (Netflix)

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix)

Short Form Series

Carpool Karaoke: The Series (Apple) (WINNER)

Comeback Kids (The Dodo)

Creating Saturday Night Live (NBC)

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Between the Scenes (Comedy Central)

The Impossible Row (Discovery)

While Black With MK Asante (Snap)

Live Show

Chasing the Cure (TNT) (WINNER)

Build (Yahoo)

Live PD (A&E)

Talking Dead (AMC)

Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (Bravo)

Interactive Show

Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (Bravo) (WINNER)

Chasing the Cure (TNT)

Enamorándonos (Univision)

Talking Dead (AMC)

Culinary Show

Chopped (Food Network) (WINNER – TIE)

Top Chef (Bravo) (WINNER – TIE)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

Tournament of Champions (Food Network)

Ugly Delicious (Netflix)

Game Show

Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (ABC) (WINNER)

25 Words or Less (Fox/Syndicated)

Brain Games (National Geographic)

Cash Cab (Bravo)

Mental Samurai (Fox)

Travel/Adventure Series

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix) (WINNER)

Expedition Unknown (Discovery)

Extinct or Alive (Animal Planet)

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (National Geographic)

The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)

Animal/Nature Show

Seven Worlds, One Planet (BBC America) (WINNER)

Dodo Heroes (Animal Planet)

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (Nat Geo WILD)

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet)

Serengeti (Discovery)

Lifestyle: Fashion/Beauty Show

Queer Eye (Netflix) (WINNER)

The Goop Lab (Netflix)

Making the Cut (Amazon)

Next in Fashion (Netflix)

Project Runway (Bravo)

Relationship Show

Love Is Blind (Netflix) (WINNER)

90 Day Fiancé (TLC)

Are You the One? (MTV)

Black Love (OWN)

Couples Therapy (Showtime)

Lifestyle: Home/Garden Show

A Very Brady Renovation (HGTV) (WINNER)

Celebrity IOU (HGTV)

Home (Apple TV+)

Home Town (HGTV)

Selling Sunset (Netflix)

Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series

Queer Eye (Netflix) (WINNER)

Making the Cut (Amazon)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

A Very Brady Renovation (HGTV)

Crikey! It’s the Irwins (Animal Planet)

Female Star of the Year

Dr. Sandra Lee – Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC) (WINNER)

Nicole Byer – Nailed It! (Netflix)

Dr. Orna Guralnik – Couples Therapy (Showtime)

Gwyneth Paltrow – The Goop Lab (Netflix)

Michelle Visage – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Monica Aldama – Cheer (Netflix)

Male Star of The Year

Jerry Harris – Cheer (Netflix) (WINNER)

The Fab Five – Queer Eye (Netflix)

Trevor Noah – The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

RuPaul Charles – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Hasan Minhaj – Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj (Netflix)

Kevin Hart – Kevin Hart: What the Fit (YouTube Originals)

Show Host

Alex Trebek — Jeopardy! (CBS Television Distribution) (WINNER)

Will Arnett — Lego Masters (Fox)

RuPaul Charles — RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Jeff Goldblum — The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+)

Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler — Making It (NBC)

Jeff Probst — Survivor (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming by a Network or Streaming Platform

Netflix (WINNER)

A+E Networks


National Geographic



Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Production


Anvil 1893 Entertainment

Big Fish Entertainment

Florentine Films

Kinetic Content

Smart Dog Media

Alexander Campbell
Alex is an activist and freelance writer. He usually writes about politics, culture, and lifestyle. His love for community works makes him a leader and good listener. His dream is to publish his own book.


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