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The Best Dating Reality Shows

Updated January 12, 2021 22.0k votes 4.8k voters 590.8k views95 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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Love Island US3
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    Love Island US

    Arielle Vandenberg

    Premiered2019

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    Bachelor in Paradise

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2014

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    Too Hot to Handle

    Desiree Burch

    Premiered2020

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    The Bachelorette

    Chris Harrison

    Premiered2003

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    The Bachelor

    Chris Harrison, Brad Womack

    Premiered2002

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  • Temptation Island8
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ex on the Beach9
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    90 Day Fiancé (TLC, 2014) is an American documentary series that follows couples who have 90... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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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

    Blind Date is an American dating game show. Hosted by Roger Lodge, the series was distributed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Bachelor Pad13
    358
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Baggage14
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • First Dates15
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    First Dates

    Drew Barrymore

    Premiered2017

    First Dates (NBC, 2017) is an American reality television show based on the British show.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart16

    Premiered2020

    The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart (ABC, 2020) is a dating competition singing... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Beauty and the Geek17
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Paradise Hotel18
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    Paradise Hotel

    Kristin Cavallari, Amanda Byram

    Premiered2003

    Paradise Hotel (Fox, 2019) is an American reality television program created by Howard... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Flavor of Love19
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    Flavor of Love

    Flavor Flav, Dion Graham

    Premiered2006

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    Love Connection

    Andy Cohen
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  • The Dating Game21
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    The Dating Game

    Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood

    Premiered1965

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  • Next22
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    Next

    Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley

    Premiered2005

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  • Indian Matchmaking23
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    Indian Matchmaking

    Sima Taparia

    Premiered2020

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  • The Cougar24
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    The Cougar

    The Cougar is an American reality television series where an older woman chooses a boyfriend... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Proposal

    Jesse Palmer, Ellen K

    Premiered2018

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