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15 Netflix Dating Shows You'll Love (And Hate)

April 14, 2020 259 votes 40 voters15 items

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Love is a beautiful thing. It also makes for wildly entertaining reality television. There's plenty of dating TV series to watch on Netflix, perfect for binge-watching. In the past few years, Netflix has upped its game with original reality TV content. One of the most popular dating realtiy shows on Netflix is Love Is Blind, an innovative take on the concept of "blind dating". The first season was a smash hit, and a few of the couples even remained together years after the show was filmed. But if you'd prefer to stick to the classics, The Bachelor is also available for streaming on Netflix.

This list of dating reality shows streaming on Netflix contains a variety of content. There's the cringe-worthy REA(L)OVE, where each contestant harbours a dark secret that is revealed while they are dating one another. Then there's the refreshingly genuine Dating Around, which showcases a series of first dates that are full of deep conversations. 

Keep reading to learn more about these dating shows on Netflix. Some are bonkers, some are wacky, and a few are actually really sweet. Whether or not you believe in "love at first sight", these reality series will have you hooked from the start. 

  • Love Is Blind
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    Love Is Blind is a dating show perfectly tailored for the 21st century, where it's common for people to flirt online without meeting face-to-face. Eligible singles "meet" eachother in individual rooms called "pods", where they can talk to and hear eachother without seeing them.

    Over the course of 10 days, they'll have to see if they can forge a love connection with someone without knowing what they look like. Surprisingly, this setup actually works. After the pods, five newly-engaged couples experience a romantic honeymoon, living together, and meeting each other's parents before the big day. There's unexpected revelations and dramatic fights. At the end of 38 days, who will say "I do"? 

    • Actors: Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey
    • Premiered: 2020
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  • Dating Around
    Photo: Dating Around / Netflix

    If you prefer your dating reality shows more drama-free, Netflix's original series Dating Around is for you. Each episode focuses on a different bachelor or bachelorette who goes on a series of first dates. There's no hidden catch — just two humans learning more about each other in an intimate setting.

    The excellent cinematography and authentic tone set this series apart from the others. In fact, you may have to remind yourself that these people are in fact real and not scripted characters in a romantic comedy. It's that good. 

    • Premiered: 2019
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  • The Bachelor
    Photo: ABC

    Oh, The Bachelor. You either love to hate it, or hate to love it. It's messy, theatrical, and totally addicting. Each season, one lucky dude moves into a mansion with a pool of single ladies all vying for his attention. As the season progresses, the bachelor gives roses to the women he would like to get to know better, eliminating the others. In the finale, he gives his "final rose" to the woman of his choice, whom he then proposes to. 

    It's an outlandish concept, but one that's ripe for drama. This highly popular show has been running for 24 seasons, and has prompted spinoffs such as The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise

    • Actors: Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe
    • Premiered: 2002
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    Photo: REA(L)OVE / Netflix

    REA(L)OVE is a raunchy, scandalous dating show hailing from Japan. Hosted by reformed playboy Atsushi Tamura, the show follows 18 singles who participate in group challenges and individual dates to get to know one another. Sounds pretty normal, right? Not quite. As it turns out, each contestant carries a dark secret from their past that has prevented them from finding love. Throughout the season, these truth bombs are dropped one by one, resulting in some epic arguments.

    If you're tired of watching dating shows filled with beautiful people with seemingly perfect lives, REA(L)OVE is just the show you need to put things in perspective. 

    • Actors: Atsushi Tamura, Mari Yaguchi
    • Premiered: 2018
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