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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. The most recent 'Bachelorette' hot couple, Emily Maynard and Jeff Holm, just 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 Are You the One? 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
The Bachelorette 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
The Bachelor 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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Bachelor Pad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Bachelor Pad 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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Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Blind Date 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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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Dating Game 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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Bachelor in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
heyo added Bachelor in Paradise 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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Love Connection is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
CharleneTeska added Love Connection 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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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Aya1 added Beauty and the Geek 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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Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Temptation Island 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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Next is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Next 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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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Flavor of Love 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

The Best Reality TV Shows Since 2015

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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Parental Control 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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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Room Raiders Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter Room Raiders is a "dating/reality" series on MTV.

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Dating in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Dating in the Dark 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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Love in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Teresah Lynn Harder added Love in the Wild 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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Rock of Love with Bret Michael... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels 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

The Best Single Season Canceled Shows

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Take Me Out 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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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Singled Out 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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A Shot at Love with Tila Tequi... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila 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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Paradise Hotel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Paradise Hotel 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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I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
I Love New York 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

The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Date My Mom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Date My Mom Date My Mom is a television dating show airing on the music channel MTV and produced by Kalissa Productions. The series premiered on November 15, 2004 and ended in 2006. An 18- to 24-year-old ...more

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Average Joe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Average Joe Melana Scantlin, Jason Peoples, Adam Mesh Average Joe is an American reality television show broadcast on the NBC beginning in 2003. There were a total of four seasons, the first two following the original show premise, and the last two ...more

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For Love or Money is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
For Love or Money Ben, Rachel Veltri, Steve Alten For Love or Money is an American reality television show initially broadcast as summer programming on NBC in 2003 and 2004. Four seasons of the program were shown in linked pairs, and all ...more

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Dismissed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Dismissed Dismissed is a reality television show on MTV that premiered in 2001. One person simultaneously takes two others on a date. Each of the daters chooses a place to go, and the person running the ...more

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Joe Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Joe Millionaire Evan Marriott, Paul Hogan, Zora Andrich Joe Millionaire is an American reality television show that was broadcast on Fox beginning in January 2003. It was broadcast in the UK that same year. A sequel, The Next Joe Millionaire, ...more

The Greatest Fictional Singers

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The Choice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Choice The Choice was an American television dating game show that premiered on Fox on June 7, 2012, immediately following the premiere of Take Me Out.

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The 5th Wheel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Jason Noyes added The 5th Wheel The 5th Wheel is an American dating reality series that aired in syndication from 2001 to 2004. The show was initially hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, but when Tyler left after completing the ...more

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For the Love of Ray J is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
For the Love of Ray J Ray J, Brandi Burnside, Joanna Hernandez For the Love of Ray J is a dating show on VH1 featuring hip hop singer Ray J. The program has a format similar to Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and Rock of Love. In reference to the series, ...more

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Daisy of Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Tyler Mirks added Daisy of Love Daisy of Love is an American reality television dating show which stars Daisy de la Hoya, the runner-up of the VH1 reality dating show Rock of Love 2. The show premiered on April 26, 2009, at ...more

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Match Made in Heaven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
EsiahDavis added Match Made in Heaven Ahn Jae-wook, Lee Joo Hyun Match Made in Heaven is a TV program.

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The Cougar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
The Cougar The Cougar is an American reality television series where an older woman chooses a boyfriend from a group of twenty younger men. The series premiered on TV Land on April 15, 2009, and is hosted ...more

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Who Wants to Marry My Dad? is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Who Wants to Marry My Dad? Mario Lopez, Heidi Mueller Who Wants To Marry My Dad was a NBC-produced reality show that aired in the summer of 2003 and 2004. The point of the show was to have the children pick out a new bride for their father to ...more

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It Takes a Church is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
CharleneTeska added It Takes a Church It Takes a Church is an American dating reality game show hosted by Natalie Grant and broadcast by Game Show Network. The show travels to multiple churches across the country looking for single ...more

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12 Corazones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
wwior added 12 Corazones Edward'O, Shahram Fayaz, Penelope Menchaca 12 Corazones is a Spanish-language dating game show produced in the United States for the television network Telemundo since January 2005, based on its namesake Argentine TV show format The show ...more

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Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch Joshua Funk, Ochocinco Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch is an American reality television series airing on VH1 starring wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The show places him with 85 women to choose from to find love. In the ...more

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Age of Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Age of Love Mark Philippoussis^! Mark Consuelos^! Amanda Salinas Age of Love is an American reality TV dating series that ran for one season in Summer 2007. The show featured 30 year-old Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis as he looked for love among a ...more

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Momma's Boys is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dating Reality Shows
Momma's Boys Momma's Boys is an American reality television series on the NBC network, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and Andrew Glassman, which centers on a group of mothers who must help choose the ...more