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The Best Dating Reality Shows 

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Updated January 7, 2020 21.8k votes 4.2k voters 520k views 62 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

Genres (Tv): Reality

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

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

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

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 17

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dating game show, Game show, Reality television

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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Bachelor in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Premiered: 2005

Network: ITV2, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV Play, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Love Island (titled Celebrity Love Island in its first series) is a British reality television programme that was aired on ITV in 2005 and 2006. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five ...more
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Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Mark L. Walberg, Mandy Lauderdale, Billy Cleary

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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#5 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows #8 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows

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Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Blind Date Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell, Jerry G. Angelo |

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 910

Genres (Tv): Dating game show, Comedy, Reality television

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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#96 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #40 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows

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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Premiered: 2019

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Reality tv, Dating reality

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

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

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

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 2425

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Dating game show

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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#22 of 76 The Greatest Game Shows of All Time #1 of 29 The Best Dating TV Shows

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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

Genres (Tv): Reality

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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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Aya1 added Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan, Nicole Morgan

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: The WB Television Network, Fox Reality Channel, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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#95 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #72 of 135 The Best Reality Competition Series

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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Premiered: 2005

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

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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#15 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Parental Control' The Most Inappropriate Things Anyone Said On MTV's Parental Control

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The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Proposal Jesse Palmer, Ellen K, Michael Neely

Premiered: 2018

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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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90 Day Fiancé is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows

Genres (Tv): Reality, Documentary

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

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Reality

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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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: VH1

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

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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#68 of 135 The Best Reality Competition Series #18 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows

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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Andy Cohen

Genres (Tv): Reality

Love Connection (Fox, 2017) is a reality dating show hosted by Andy Cohen, and a revival of the 1983 show.
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Next is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 285

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

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

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Baggage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Jerry Springer, Rob Marrocco Jr., Fox Cellars

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 250

Network: Game Show Network

Genres (Tv): Game show

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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Flirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Jenna Dewan, Jordan Tripp

Premiered: 2019

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Reality, Dating

Flirty Dancing (Fox, 2019) is an American reality television series. Strangers each learn half of a dance routine, then meet for the first time on a blind date where they dance together without ...more
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Love in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Teresah Lynn Harder added Jesse Wilson, Jenny McCarthy, Darren McMullen

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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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elimiDATE is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tony Boldi, Dale Inghram, Arvin Pasricha

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

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
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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Dating, Reality television

Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV.

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