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The Worst Dating Shows 

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Updated May 11, 2020 1.9k votes 216 voters 17.9k views 59 items

A list of the absolute worst dating shows of all time, ranked by TV fans everywhere. This list has the most awful dating shows in television history, from celebrity dating shows, to game show style dating shows. Which are the absolute worst dating shows that have ever aired on television? While most shows about finding love have a few terrible elements, the horrible dating shows on this list are the all around worst.

The dating shows that are featured on this list include only the most embarrassing and degrading ones. The shows where girls and guys get trashed, make fools of themselves, and say ridiculous things, all in the name of finding love. We hate to break it to them, but it's not likely that any of the contestants on these bad TV dating shows are really there "for the right reasons."

Series on this list include popular titles such as Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, Temptation Island, The Littlest Groom, I Wanna Marry Harry, and Who Wants to Marry A Multi-Millionaire? Vote up the dating shows below that you think are the worst of all time, or add any truly terrible dating shows that aren't already on the list.
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A Shot at Love with Tila... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Tila Tequila, Amanda Ireton, Brandi Ryan

Premiered: 2007

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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#79 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #90 of 143 The Best Reality Competition Series #10 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows

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Who Wants to Marry a Mul... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Anna Agatka, Kate Barnett, Alycia Benn
Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? was a Fox network reality show in which a multi-millionaire named Rick Rockwell married the contest winner, Darva Conger, on television. The show was ...more

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#15 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #9 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows

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Date My Mom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2004

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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#29 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #13 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows #40 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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I Wanna Marry Harry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2014

I Wanna Marry Harry is a television program.
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Rock of Love with Bret M... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Bret Michaels, Big John Murray, Heather Chadwell

Premiered: 2007

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

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The Ladies From 'Rock Of Love': Where Are They Now? #38 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #91 of 143 The Best Reality Competition Series

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Temptation Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Mark L. Walberg

Premiered: 2001

Temptation Island (USA Network, 2019) is an American reality television series based on the Dutch TV show Blind Faith. Couples travel to a tropical paradise where they are forced to decide if ...more

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#10 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #66 of 143 The Best Reality Competition Series #8 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows

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Millionaire Matchmaker ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Patti Stanger, Destin Pfaff, Rachel Federoff

Premiered: 2008

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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#160 of 302 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #26 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows #9 of 42 The Best Dating TV Shows

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For the Love of Ray J is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added Ray J, Brandi Burnside, Joanna Hernandez

Premiered: 2009

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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#6 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #64 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Megan Wants a Millionair... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added Megan Hauserman, Rob Locke

Premiered: 2009

Megan Wants a Millionaire is an American reality television show on VH1 in which former Rock of Love contestant Megan Hauserman has seventeen wealthy single men compete for her love. The show ...more

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#16 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #81 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows #13 of 80 The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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A Double Shot at Love is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2008

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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#30 of 42 The Best Dating TV Shows #19 of 26 The Best Dating Game Show TV Shows

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The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

Premiered: 2002

The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series created by Mike Fleiss. A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down ...more

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All the Couples from The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? #55 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #112 of 143 The Best Reality Competition Series

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Flavor of Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Flavor Flav, Dion Graham, Tiffany Pollard

Premiered: 2006

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

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#13 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #79 of 143 The Best Reality Competition Series #136 of 302 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Chris Harrison

Premiered: 2003

The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff of The Bachelor. A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down ...more

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The Biggest Scandals In Bachelor And Bachelorette History #56 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #176 of 302 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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Love Games: Bad Girls Ne... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Bret Ernst

Premiered: 2010

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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Parental Control is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2005

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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The Most Inappropriate Things Anyone Said On MTV's Parental Control #99 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #16 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Daisy of Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added

Premiered: 2009

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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#110 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #35 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows #28 of 80 The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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I Love New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added Tiffany Pollard, Mauricio Sanchez

Premiered: 2007

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

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The Contestants of 'I Love New York' Today #21 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #37 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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My Antonio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added Antonio Sabàto, Jr.

Premiered: 2009

My Antonio is a reality television show about Antonio Sabàto, Jr. as he tries to find his true love. Single women arrive in Hawaii to compete for Antonio's love. The competition adds ...more

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#108 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #86 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Room Raiders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Tim-Ryan O'Kane, Tom Oberdick, Jesse Wolter

Premiered: 2004

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

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Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Room Raiders' The Producers Tried To Keep Secret #58 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #28 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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Next is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Next Lorin Eric Salm, Michael McKinley, Jamieson Hill

Premiered: 2005

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

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Mortifying 'Next' Contestants That Prove Love Dies With Reality TV #49 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #22 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows

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The Love Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
The Love Machine

Premiered: 2012

The Love Machine was a British dating show hosted by Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon. It aired on Sky Living in the UK from 11 March 2012 to 1 March 2013.
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Momma's Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2008

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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#76 of 86 The Best Dating Reality Shows #16 of 42 The Best Dating TV Shows #16 of 26 The Best Dating Game Show TV Shows

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The 5th Wheel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Dating Shows

Premiered: 2001

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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Real Chance of Love is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
WarrenMitchell added Kamal Givens, Ahmad Givens, Brian Fitzpatrick

Premiered: 2008

Real Chance of Love is an American reality television dating game show featuring two brothers, Ahmad "Real" Givens and Kamal "Chance" Givens, of the rap group The ...more

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#23 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #37 of 80 The Worst TV Spin-Offs

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The Littlest Groom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Dating Shows
Dani Behr

Premiered: 2004

The Littlest Groom was a reality television miniseries that aired for two episodes on the Fox network in 2004. Modelled on The Bachelor, the miniseries followed salesman Glen Foster, a 4'5" ...more

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#19 of 145 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #21 of 28 The Dumbest Premises for Reality Shows