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The Best Dating Reality Shows

Updated February 16, 2021 21.3k votes 4.9k voters 600.4k views98 items

List RulesWhich 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?1
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    Are You the One?

    Terrence J, Ryan Devlin

    Premiered2014

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  • Love Island UK2
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    Love Island UK

    Laura Whitmore, Caroline Flack

    Premiered2015

    Love Island (ITV2, 2015) is a British dating reality series created by Richard Cowles, and a...  more
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    Love Island US

    Arielle Vandenberg

    Premiered2019

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  • Too Hot to Handle4
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    Desiree Burch

    Premiered2020

    Too Hot to Handle (Netflix, 2020) is a reality television dating game show. The series follows...  more
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  • Bachelor in Paradise5
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    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2014

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    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2003

    The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff...  more
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    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

    The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series...  more
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    Ex on the Beach

    Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore
    Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast...  more
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  • Temptation Island9
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    Temptation Island

    Mark L. Walberg

    Premiered2001

    Temptation Island (USA Network, 2019) is an American reality television series based on the...  more
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    Love Connection

    Chuck Woolery

    Premiered1983

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  • Blind Date12
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    Blind Date

    Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell

    Premiered1999

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  • The Bachelor Pad13
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    The Bachelor Pad

    Chris Harrison, Bobby Trendy

    Premiered2010

    Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style two-hour American reality television game show that...  more
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    Drew Barrymore

    Premiered2017

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    Baggage

    Jerry Springer, Rob Marrocco Jr.

    Premiered2010

    Baggage is an American dating game show hosted by Jerry Springer and broadcast by Game Show...  more
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    Premiered2020

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    Beauty and the Geek

    Mike Richards, Sam Horrigan

    Premiered2005

    Beauty and the Geek is a reality television series that is an international franchise, the U.S...  more
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  • Indian Matchmaking18
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    Sima Taparia

    Premiered2020

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  • Flavor of Love19
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    Flavor of Love

    Flavor Flav, Dion Graham

    Premiered2006

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  • Paradise Hotel20
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    Paradise Hotel

    Kristin Cavallari, Amanda Byram

    Premiered2003

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    Andy Cohen
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    Darcey Silva, Angela Deem

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  • The Dating Game23
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    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

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    Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley

    Premiered2005

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    The Proposal

    Jesse Palmer, Ellen K

    Premiered2018

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