From weird and mesmerizing to downright embarrassing and scarring, dates are often a mixed bag. The terrifying silence and the forced conversation or the belly laughs and the mind-blowing chemistry—you never really know what you’re going to get. It takes two to tango, after all, and if one of you waltzes, there will rarely be a second date.
Adding cameras and a television audience into the mix can make an already particularly intimidating intimate setting even more so. Dating shows are essentially glorified trash TV, but now more than ever they’re programs that more and more of us are tuning in to, so here are the best…
MOVIWEB VIDEO OF THE DAY 6/6 Love is Blind Netflix
In this dystopian reality show, Love Is Blind brings 15 men and 15 women together in ‘pods’ where they can get to know each other through talk but have no physical interaction whatsoever. This is a show that places an emphasis on the purest form of love, with initial attraction based solely on personality compatibility. It’s only when the two decide to form a couple that their looks become apparent.
5/6 celebrities are dating All3Media
The title Celebs Go Dating is quite misleading; For those new to the show, the idea of watching the likes of Angelina Jolie, Adele, Odell Beckham Jr., or Kylian Mbappe go on dates would surely get bums in the seats. In reality, it’s just a random collection of Z-listers struggling to stay relevant and make a quick buck before their rapidly dwindling 15 minutes of fame come to an end.
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Besides spending half your TV time repeating “who?” to the strangers on your screen. animated and swashbuckling ways. On their respective dating journeys, the “celebs” seek “invaluable” dating advice from so-called experts Paul C. Brunson and Anna Williamson.
4/6 Too hot for Fremantle
When Netflix saw traction shows like Love Island and Married at First Sight rise in popularity, the capitalists in them wanted a piece of the pie. Too Hot to Handle is Netflix’s own version of a dating show; Like Love Island, it’s throwing together a mix of hot 20-year-olds looking for love, with the catch being staying celibate for the longevity of the show in order to cash in on the $100,000 prize. For the average Joe, the concept is one that most would happen with relative ease, but for this sexy crowd, they’re like dogs in heat.
3/6 Married at first sight A&E Networks
Almost half of all marriages in the States end in divorce, a stunning statistic that is perhaps less surprising when you consider that there are people who actually marry at first sight… The TV show with this format became a big one Hit that has been translated into several international versions.
The series brings together willing singletons who are meeting on their wedding day for the first time after following a “rigorous” citation-by-citation review process by relationship professionals with backgrounds in psychology and psychotherapy. During an introductory period, the couple must decide whether to continue their marriage or to get out.
2/6 Love Island ITV
Love Island is another globally recognized franchise with shows in over 25 international territories. Hailing from the UK, Love Island throws handsome men and beautiful women into a luxurious all-inclusive villa for two months, and romance, drama and scandal ensue.
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The aim of the game is to fall in love, form the strongest pair and go home with the $50,000 cash prize. Most of the islanders are mediocre influencers who have various brand deals with shady crypto pyramid schemes, charcoal teeth whitening companies, and the occasional deal with fast fashion names like Pretty Little Thing and Oh Polly.
1/6 Naked Attraction Channel 4
Imagine the scene: you experience that jitter on the first date, you wipe the sweat that’s pooling on your forehead and douse yourself with a whole bottle of deodorant, your brain flips through all the best and worst scenarios that could possibly happen could occur the night before. You open your eyes and you’re standing in a television studio, stark naked, next to four other men who have all gone through the same mental anguish. In front of you is gaping presenter Anne Richardson and a potential suitor who, like a doctor, will examine everything from your feet and legs to your scrotum, flaccid penis and nipples.
is this a dream No, this is Channel 4’s Naked Attraction. A show that plays with our innate physical prejudices and involves judging a book by its cover (or a man by his micropenis). The man or woman decoding based on the male and female genitals and naked bodies then have to choose someone based on their naked form and go on a date. The absurdity doesn’t stop there, after the contestants make a decision, they must strip themselves down to their birthday suit. Sounds more like an episode of Black Mirror than a dating show…