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Updated January 30, 2020 998 votes 188 voters 48.5k views 29 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Dating TV series.

The very best dating shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest dating shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular dating TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining dating show of all time is. Don't let your favorite dating television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of dating television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Everything from The Bachelor to Momma's Boys is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best dating show of all time?" and "What are the greatest dating shows?"
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The Dating Game is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange

Premiered: 1965

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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 #17 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Paradise Hotel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Paradise Hotel Kristin Cavallari , Amanda Byram, Mark Thompson

Premiered: 2003, 2008, 2019

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: FOX, MyNetworkTV, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Reality Channel

Paradise Hotel (Fox, 2019) is an American reality television program that originally aired on Fox in 2003, MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel in 2008. In the show, a group of single people live ...more

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#119 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #116 of 135 The Best Reality Competition Series

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Blind Date is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Blind Date Roger Lodge, Ava Cadell, Jerry G. Angelo |

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 910

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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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 17

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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#47 of 139 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #12 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever All the Couples from The Bachelor: Where Are They Now?

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Ben Sandford

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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#35 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #13 of 135 The Best Reality Competition Series What's Life Like For A 'Bachelorette' Or 'Bachelor' Contestant?

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2012

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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#11 of 29 The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked #4 of 9 British Reality TV Shows That Far Outshine American Shows

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Shipmates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2001

Shipmates is an American syndicated television show that ran for two seasons from 2001 - 2003. Reruns later ran on the cable channel Spike TV. The show was created by Hurricane Entertainment and ...more
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I Wanna Marry Harry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
zoe-krainik added

Premiered: 2014

Network: FOX

I Wanna Marry Harry is a television program.
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Flirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Jenna Dewan, Jordan Tripp

Premiered: 2019

Network: Fox

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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#20 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows #37 of 41 The Best Dance TV Shows

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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2005

Network: MTV

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 #19 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows Behind-The-Scenes Stories From The Set Of 'Parental Control'

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Ainori Love Wagon: Afric... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Karina Maruyama, Becky, Ryo Kato

Premiered: January 30, 2020

Network: Netflix

Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey (Netflix, 2020) is the second installment in the Japanese reality series, and a reboot of the 1999 series. Searching for true love, seven men and women board a ...more
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Millionaire Matchmaker ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Patti Stanger, Destin Pfaff, Rachel Federoff

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 72

Network: Bravo

The Millionaire Matchmaker is an American reality television series on Bravo that premiered on January 22, 2008, and is hosted by Patti Stanger. The Millionaire Matchmaker follows Patti Stanger, ...more

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#110 of 254 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #7 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows

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Dating in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Dating in the Dark Sarah Harding

Premiered: 2009

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: MTV

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

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#69 of 139 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #24 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Room Raiders' The Producers Tried To Keep Secret

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Next is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 285

Network: MTV

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

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#19 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows #2 of 14 Forgotten Reality Dating Shows That Give The Bachelor A Run For Its Money Mortifying 'Next' Contestants That Prove Love Dies With Reality TV

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Singled Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Carmen Electra

Premiered: 1995

Network: MTV

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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The 5th Wheel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

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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Date My Mom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2004

Network: MTV

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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#1 of 42 The Worst Dating Shows #41 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Momma's Boys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: NBC

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

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#62 of 62 The Best Dating Reality Shows #18 of 23 The Best Dating Game Show TV Shows

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After Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
After Love

Premiered: 2009

After Love is a 2009 South Korean reality dating show.
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Love Games: Bad Girls Ne... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Bret Ernst

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Oxygen

Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too is an American reality television dating game show that premiered on Oxygen on March 16, 2010. It is the second spin-off of Bad Girls Club. Three "bad ...more
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Perfect Match is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 1986

Perfect Match was an American game show hosted by Bob Goen and announced by Johnny Gilbert, which aired from January 13 to September 12, 1986 in syndication. The game featured three married ...more
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The Other Half is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Dale Winton

Premiered: 1997

The Other Half was a dating game show on BBC One, which ran from 7 June 1997 to 2 February 2002. It was hosted by Dale Winton who is known for his fame in Supermarket Sweep.
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A Double Shot at Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: MTV

A Double Shot at Love is an American reality television dating game show which first aired weekly on MTV from December 9, 2008 to February 3, 2009. It is a spin-off of A Shot at Love with Tila ...more
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Loveland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dating TV Shows
Loveland Cilla Black

Premiered: 2009

Number of Episodes: 10

Loveland is a cancelled British dating game show that was due to be aired on Sky One in 2011. The show would have been similar to old dating show, Blind Date 20th Century but with a 21st-century ...more