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List Rules Which shows make you want more of the hair-ripping drama and the fleeting love?

 

The best dating reality shows offer viewers the unique perspective of watching singles trying to find the perfect mate. Dating tv shows are nothing new, but they're nearly always entertaining. Some of the most squirm-worthy moments in dating awkwardness are often seen on reality shows. Do the contestants ever find true love? Not usually, but that sure doesn't mean we won't watch them try and try again! Be sure to vote for your favorite dating reality shows and vote down the dating shows you absolutely can't stand. Also, if you know of a reality dating show that's missing, add it to the list! You can even re-watch some of these dating programs on Netflix! 

One of the earliest dating reality shows was The Dating Game, a show that featured one bachelorette grilling a trio of prospective suitors. What was the catch? The people looking for dates could hear the contestants' answers to their questions, but they couldn't *see* them. Dating reality shows now are all about high drama and lots of tears. Oh how reality dating shows have changed.

By far one of the most popular formats for the best dating reality shows is that of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. On these dating shows, one person meets an interacts with numerous potential mates over a period of several weeks. One by one, the hopeful suitors are eliminated, until only one remains. Typically, the final contestant then gets a proposal. Do these relationships last? Not usually. One popular 'Bachelorette' hot couple, Emily Maynard and Jeff Holm, broke off their much-publicized engagement. So much for "true" love...

What are the best dating reality shows? Enjoy this list of the greatest reality TV dating shows ever, and don't forget to vote! And, if you're a reality TV addict, consider voting on these lists of the best reality competition shows, reality dramas, cooking competition TV shows and medical shows.

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Are You the One? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Stargirl803 added Terrence J, Ryan Devlin
Are You the One? (MTV, 2014) is an American reality television series presented by Terrence J. Secretly paired into male-female couples by producers, via a matchmaking algorithm, a group of men ...more

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Ben Sandford
The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date ...more

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe
The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by Chris Harrison. There are three related series: The Bachelorette, ...more

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197 98
Bachelor in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
heyo added Chris Harrison
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC, 2014) is an elimination-style reality competition television series, and a spinoff of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the show features ...more

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Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell, Jerry G. Angelo |
Blind Date is an American dating game show. Hosted by Roger Lodge, the series was distributed by Universal Worldwide Television. It was later distributed by NBCUniversal.

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Bachelor Pad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chris Harrison, Bobby Trendy, Mark Curry
Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style two-hour American reality television game show that debuted on August 9, 2010 on ABC. The show features contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, ...more

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323 368
Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Mark L. Walberg, Mandy Lauderdale, Billy Cleary
Temptation Island is an American reality television program broadcast on Fox in which several couples agreed to live with a group of singles of the opposite sex, in order to test the strength of ...more

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313 375
The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange
The Dating Game is an ABC television show. It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s. ABC dropped ...more

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202 223
Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
CharleneTeska added Chuck Woolery
Love Connection is an American television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, in which singles attempted to connect with a compatible partner of the opposite gender. The show debuted in ...more

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254 329
Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Aya1 added Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan
Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series that is an international franchise, the U.S version is shown on The CW. It has been advertised as "The Ultimate Social Experiment" ...more

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Next is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill
Next is a dating game show produced by Kallissa Productions which ran on MTV from 2005–2008.

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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Parental Control is a heavily scripted "pseudo-reality" program produced by MTV. The two directors, Brendon Carter and Bruce Klassen, have also created other MTV shows. In Asia, this ...more

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232 349
Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard
Flavor of Love is an American reality television dating game show starring Flavor Flav of the rap group Public Enemy. While not a direct spin-off, the show was a result of Brigitte Nielsen and ...more

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191 300
Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter
Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV.

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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Love Island is a daily British reality television programme. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five weeks on an island in Fiji. Viewers would vote for the couple they would like to ...more

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Dating in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Sarah Harding
Dating in the Dark is a dating game show that has been airing on Sky Living since 9 September 2009. It was narrated by Scott Mills for series 1 and 2, then Sarah Harding took over as presenter ...more

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88 124
Love in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Teresah Lynn Harder added Jesse Wilson, Jenny McCarthy, Darren McMullen
Love in the Wild was a reality television series that debuted on June 29, 2011 on NBC. The show is created and produced by Endemol USA. The first season was hosted by Darren McMullen; season 2 ...more

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191 347
Rock of Love with Bret Michael... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Bret Michaels, Big John Murray, Heather Chadwell
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels is an American reality television dating game show. It stars Bret Michaels, the lead singer from the band Poison. The show closely resembles its sister show ...more

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The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Proposal Jesse Palmer, Ellen K, Michael Neely
The Proposal (ABC, 2018) is an American reality dating series by hosted by Jesse Palmer, a former NFL quarterback and the season 5 Bachelor. Ten single contestants compete in a series of ...more

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157 302
Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Carmen Electra
Singled Out is a game show that ran on MTV from 1995 to 1998. Each episode featured a group of 50 men and a group of 50 women competing for a date with one main contestant of the opposite sex. ...more

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154 298
Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Single women searching for love hope to find a match in this fast-paced and unpredictable dating series hosted by entertainer George Lopez. Each week, in front of a studio audience, brave ...more

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168 330
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tila Tequila, Amanda Ireton, Brandi Ryan
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila is an American reality television dating game show similar to the TV show The Bachelor. It premiered on October 9, 2007 on MTV starring Tila Tequila. The series ...more

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143 285
I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez
I Love New York is a reality television series that first aired on VH1. It features Tiffany Pollard, who is on a quest to find her true love. This series is a spin off of another relationship ...more

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147 294
Paradise Hotel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Amanda Byram, Mark Thompson
Paradise Hotel is an American reality television program that aired on Fox in 2003, MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel in 2008. In the show, a group of single people live in a luxurious hotel ...more

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First Dates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
First Dates Drew Barrymore
First Dates (NBC, 2017) is an American reality television show based on the British show. Narrated by Drew Barrymore, the show is filmed at the MK Restaurant in near North Side Chicago, showing ...more