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The Best Dating Reality Shows 

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Updated May 21, 2020 22.8k votes 4.4k voters 551.5k views 83 items

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

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 fan, 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
Chris Harrison

Premiered: 2003

The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff of The Bachelor. A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down ...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

Premiered: 2002

The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series created by Mike Fleiss. A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down ...more

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All the Couples from The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? #118 of 152 The Best Reality Competition Series #159 of 284 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack, Iain Stirling

Premiered: 2015

Love Island (ITV2, 2015) is a British dating reality series created by Richard Cowles, and a revival of the 2005 series. Living in isolation from the world in a villa, contestants must couple up ...more
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Bachelor in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
heyo added Chris Harrison

Premiered: 2014

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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Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Mark L. Walberg

Premiered: 2001

Temptation Island (USA Network, 2019) is an American reality television series based on the Dutch TV show Blind Faith. Couples travel to a tropical paradise where they are forced to decide if ...more

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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Arielle Vandenberg

Premiered: 2019

Love Island (CBS, 2019) is an American dating reality show based on the British series Love Island. A group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, live in isolation from the outside world and ...more

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Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Blind Date Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell, Jerry G. Angelo |

Premiered: 1999

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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#418 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #205 of 284 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #55 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows

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Bachelor Pad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chris Harrison, Bobby Trendy, Mark Curry

Premiered: 2010

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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#100 of 148 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #30 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows

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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
CharleneTeska added Love Connection Chuck Woolery

Premiered: 1983

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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#60 of 87 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #13 of 20 Longest Running US Game Shows

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Too Hot to Handle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Premiered: 2020

Too Hot to Handle (Netflix, 2020) is a reality television dating game show. The series follows ten singles as they travel to find love and $100,000. However, while on the island, the contestants ...more

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Ex on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore, Welborn Ferrene
Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast members from various reality television shows and first time reality participants live together in ...more
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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

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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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Aya1 added Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan

Premiered: 2005

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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#443 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #46 of 152 The Best Reality Competition Series #192 of 284 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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90 Day Fiancé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
90 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American documentary series that follows couples who have 90 days to decide to marry before their 90-day K-1 visas (available uniquely to foreign ...more
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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Premiered: 2005

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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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Parental Control' The Most Inappropriate Things Anyone Said On MTV's Parental Control #102 of 148 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

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First Dates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Drew Barrymore

Premiered: 2017

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
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The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Proposal Jesse Palmer, Ellen K, Michael Neely

Premiered: 2018

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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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Andy Cohen
Love Connection (Fox, 2017) is a reality dating show hosted by Andy Cohen, and a revival of the 1983 show.
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Baggage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Jerry Springer, Rob Marrocco Jr., Fox Cellars

Premiered: 2010

Baggage is an American dating game show hosted by Jerry Springer and broadcast by Game Show Network. The original series premiered on April 19, 2010, airing for four seasons. A spin-off series, ...more
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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard

Premiered: 2006

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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Next is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

Premiered: 2005

Next is a dating game show produced by Kallissa Productions which ran on MTV from 2005–2008.

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Mortifying 'Next' Contestants That Prove Love Dies With Reality TV #49 of 148 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #2 of 14 Forgotten Reality Dating Shows That Give The Bachelor A Run For Its Money

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The Bachelor Presents: L... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chris Harrison

Premiered: 2020

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart (ABC, 2020) is a dating competition singing reality show hosted by Chris Harrison. 20 single men and women embark on an incredible journey to find ...more
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Millionaire Matchmaker ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Patti Stanger, Destin Pfaff, Rachel Federoff

Premiered: 2008

The Millionaire Matchmaker is an American reality television series on Bravo that premiered on January 22, 2008, and is hosted by Patti Stanger. The Millionaire Matchmaker follows Patti Stanger, ...more

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#143 of 284 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #6 of 59 The Worst Dating Shows #9 of 40 The Best Dating TV Shows

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elimiDATE is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tony Boldi, Dale Inghram, Arvin Pasricha

Premiered: 2001

elimiDATE is a reality television dating show in which one contestant chooses between four contestants of the opposite sex by eliminating them one by one in three total rounds. On 11 August ...more