This article discusses 10 series like the Amazon reality series Making The Cut you must watch.
Amazon’s Making The Cut just entered its third season and, frustratingly for those of us who like to binge, they’re only releasing two episodes per week. While two is better than one, the anticipation of seeing all the new designs and learning who’s getting eliminated week after week may be too much to bear.
Thankfully, you can keep your Making The Cut withdrawal at bay by watching some (or all!) of the shows on this list. Most of them are fashion related, and some are food related. However, they all follow the tried and tested format of seeing people from all walks of life competing to show they’re the best at something.
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Project Runway (2004 – )
Project Runway is the most obvious choice on this list. Not only is the series about to enter its 20th season, but it was also hosted by Heidi Klum up until 2014. If you’re interested in seeing Klum judge wannabe fashion designers in a show that follows the same pattern as Making the Cut, this is your go-to. And did I mention a full 19 seasons are available for your binging pleasure?
Project Accessory (2011)
Project Accessory is a spin-off of the aforementioned Project Runway and follows the same format. The contestants here design fashionable accessories like shoes, handbags, and jewelry. Sadly, the show only aired for a single season over a decade ago.
Hell’s Kitchen (2005 – )
If you like watching Gordon Ramsay calling aspiring young chefs ‘idiot sandwiches’ while he’s freaking out about the halibut, this is the show for you. The format is similar to Making The Cut, it simply replaces designers with cooks competing for a job in one of Ramsay’s restaurants.
Next In Fashion (2022)
Back in 2020, Netlflix attempted to make a show where wannabe designers competed for a cash prize and a chance to showcase their work with Net-a-Porter. The show only lasted one season, but it’s still a fun watch. Especially as they kept the Reality-TV style drama to a minimum and let fashion do most of the talking.
The Great British Bake Off (2010 – )
Hosted by Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, The Great British Bake Off is the show that seems to be getting better with each passing season. Every year people from all over the UK compete for the chance to be crowned Britain’s Best Amateur Baker. This is the show where contestants design cakes, not clothes. Some might argue that cakes taste better.
America’s Next Top Model (2003 – )
America’s Next Top Model premiered back in 2003, got canceled, and revived a few times until it was ultimately pulled off the air in 2018. The show may or may not make another comeback. While Tyra Banks’ treatment of her young aspiring models was a bit on the problematic side, the series still makes for an entertaining watch. It’s got drama and fashion, what more can you realistically ask for from your guilty pleasures?
Fashion Star (2012)
Fashion Star had it all. Some unknown designers were competing for a title, there was drama, and the contestants were mentored by reality TV pros Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie. Despite its winning format, the show got the ax after only a couple of seasons.
MasterChef (1990 – )
MasterChef has been around for over 3 decades, and its over 40 countries adopted its format. This show needs no introductions. It involves food, judges, and an ultimate title. A must-watch for all who enjoy competition series.
24 Hour Catwalk (2012)
Alexa Chung’s 24 Hour Catwalk was a TV series where each episode involved a one-day challenge for a bunch of unknown designer hopefuls. While it only lasted a season back in 2012, the show is worth watching if you enjoy seeing terrible designs created by people under pressure.
America’s Got Talent (2006 – )
If you like Making the Cut, you like Heidi Klum, so you must love this other series where she was a judge. America’s Got Talent is a show where people from all walks of life show off their various talents. Some contestants sing, some dance, some do stand-up comedy, and some perform daredevil acts. The entertainment is never-ending. As for the bad acts, Simon Cowell’s ability to insult remains unchanged.
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