So, now that you flew through Love Is Blind and The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart is over, you’re looking for something new to watch. Welcome to the club.
Dating shows have steadily increased in viewership since coronavirus quarantine began—and for good reason! We’re all looking for that perfect dating TV show: Something that’s easy to relate to, allows us to relax, and not for nothing, feels mindless and easy—AKA a binge-able guilty pleasure.
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But if you’re caught-up on all the standard dating shows we’ve seen commercial after commercial for—90 Day Fiancé, Love Island, Married at First Sight, etc.—then consider queuing up the 11 best dating shows you haven’t heard of yet.
Here’s a dating show with a twist! Each of the couples in all three seasons of Age Gap Love deal with navigating the large age gaps between them. This British television show has been around since 2014 in the U.K., but ever since Netflix started streaming it, it’s become a bit of a fascination for Stateside viewers as well.
Ainori Love Wagon
What if you were on a dating show that took place on a moving bus? That’s essentially the premise of Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey, a Netflix original series that has spurned the Season 2 spinoff Ainori Love Wagon: African Journey.
In the bright pink Ainori Love Wagon, seven men and women look for love while taking a cross-country trip. Should one person catch feelings, they are to present a plane ticket back to Japan to the person they’re vibing with. If that person feels the sparks, the couple leaves the pink van and flies back to Japan where they start dating (not on wheels).
Bestie Picks Bae
This online dating show comes from the editors of Seventeen Magazine and is available both on Amazon Prime and on Seventeen‘s YouTube channel. Bestie Picks Bae is a sort of blind-date take on dating in which one person picks the significant other—a “bae”—for the other person to go out with. In some episodes, the “bestie” might be the person’s BFF, multiple members of their friend “squad,” or even their mom. The “bestie” susses out the best match for the other person by having the suitors answer a few questions, all while the person they’re choosing for is blindfolded.
Celebs Go Dating
Celebs Go Dating is an easy enough premise to understand. “Celebrities”—ahem, reality TV stars from other shows—go on dates with pleebs like us on this U.K. dating show. Available to stream on Channel 4, there are eight seasons currently available.
This Netflix original series certainly hasn’t gotten the media attention that other Netflix reality shows like Love Is Blind and The Circle have and in our opinion, it’s totally underrated.
Each episode of Dating Around follows one single who laughs, cries or cringes their way through five blind dates with the ultimate goal of finding an S.O. For those of us who have ever been on a blind date before—and let’s be honest, sometimes dating app dates can feel like blind dates in many ways, too—the concept of Dating Around is 100 percent relatable.
It’s the perfect time to start binge-watching it, too; Season 2 dropped June 12.
Dating in the Dark
Dating in the Dark is an almost literal take on the idea of a “blind date,” as in, you physically can’t see the person you’re on a date with. The reality dating TV series, which is available on Amazon Prime, follows a new trio of single guys and three single girls who move into separate houses, then meet for the first time in the dark. Each single is devoid of physical appearance as they try to establish connections. It’s kind of Love Is Blind-esque, just replacing the pods with a super dark, impossible-to-see-in room.
Fetch Me a Date
Dating sucks, so why not let Jonathan Bennett—of Mean Girls and Cake Wars fame—and Dorothy Wang—of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills fame—set up your dates for you?
Fetch Me a Date has just one gloriously cringe-worthy season available on Amazon Prime. It’s perfect if you’re into highly manufactured reality TV and you appreciate Bennett’s signature cheesiness as the host of Cupcake Wars. This quirky dating show relies on the humor and hosting capabilities of Bennett and Wang who actually go on the dates with the couples they pair together.
Of course, Wang and Bennett back off eventually, giving the couple some space to get to know each other. Not for long, though. Halfway through the date, Bennett and Wang separate the couple to chat with them one-on-one to get to know what they’re thinking. At the end of the episode, couples pop back in to give an update as to whether or not there was a second date.
Find Love Live!
Find Love Live! on TLC attempts to match eligible, interested singles virtually, with the world watching–live! All the dates are via video chat, due to coronavirus, and viewers can weigh in. Find Love Live airs on TLC Sundays at 11/10C. You can find all the singles’ videos on TLC.com.
Oh and if a viewer digs someone they see on the show, they can enter the information on the Find Love Live form
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On First Dates, Paternoster Chop House restaurant in London, U.K. is transformed into the First Dates restaurant, where people who have never met try to find love on a first date. It’s a pretty simple plot. The first date is filmed and at the end, both people are interviewed by production and asked if they want to see each other again. Generally, production does a followup of a few weeks or months later to see if they date went anywhere.
This U.K. show also spawned a U.S. version, but the original program is available to watch on Channel 4 On Demand. If you love it and can’t get enough, one season of the US version is also available on Amazon Prime.
Terrace House: Aloha State
No gimmicks here! The premise of Terrace House: Aloha State is reminiscent of the old days of Real World. Six strangers simply live in a house in Tokyo together. Whatever happens, happens. (But rest assured: There’s a lot of dating/dating-related drama.)
If you get invested, there are two other seasons currently streamable on Netflix including Terrace House: Boys and Girls in the City and Terrace House: Opening New Doors.
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To Rome for Love
In To Rome for Love, five Black women travel to the Italian capital to find love with relationship expert Diann Valentine, who introduces them to some of Italy’s finest bachelors. Each of the women claim to have trouble dating in the U.S., so are therefore looking for international love. There’s a whole lot of romance and Bravo-esque drama, so the one and only season of To Rome for Love is a great guilty pleasure option.
To Rome for Love is available to stream on Bravo TV online or the Bravo app and is available for purchase by episode on Amazon Prime.
Still want more reality TV? Check out Labor of Love.