15 Best Guilty Pleasure Dating Shows On Netflix and Hulu, Ranked
Reality TV, anyone? Dating shows are a favorite when it comes to these guilty pleasures. We rank the best available on Netflix and Hulu.
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If you just can’t get enough of dating shows, you’re most likely looking for places to watch more of them. While The Bachelorette might be coming to an end this week, and watching old seasons of the series isn’t available on streaming services right now, there are many other series you can binge-watch. Both Netflix and Hulu have a variety of dating shows that you can stream right now. Whether you like shows like The Bachelor or Bravo shows, you’re likely to get your dating show fix with one of these series.
We’ve collected a list of the 10 best guilty pleasure dating shows on Netflix and Hulu and ranked them leading up to the best.
Updated on March 24, 2020 by Richard Keller: The role of streaming services continuously changes over time. With these transformations comes a slew of new dating programs that tend to be viewed when everyone else goes to bed. Here are a few more guilty pleasures to watch snuggled in your favorite blanket.
15 CATFISH: HULU
There’s something intriguing about this long-running MTV series that makes you keep watching. Not only do the people highlighted on Catfish have potential dating issues, but they’re also not really sure if the person they’re talking to is real. In the end, the show is part dating program and part mystery.
Yaniv “Nev” Schulman and his team don’t give out roses or grand vacations. Instead, they find out if the person on the other side of the phone or social media platform is who they say they are. When that’s done, they get down to the main question: is that person really interested in their “client.” In the end, not every ending is happy on Catfish, and it makes it all the more interesting.
14 MY HOTTER HALF: NETFLIX
While we don’t have any issues with who is the sexier part of our relationships — it’s the other person — there are others who do. This is the concept of My Hotter Half.
Hosted by British comedian Melvin Odoom, the Netflix program relies on the results of people on the street to determine which of two couples is hotter. The “losers” get a makeover to make them just as hot as the winners. In conclusion, no one is truly a loser on My Hotter Half.
13 JERSEY SHORE: HULU
There are some shows that scream “Guilty Pleasure” to viewers looking for a dating program to get them out of their doldrums. Jersey Shore comes to mind as one of these. This, dare we say, classic MTV program tracked the lives and dating preferences of eight housemates who spent the summer in a shore house in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
The personalities are so Jersey that viewers are instantly immersed in the state’s unique shore culture. There are hook-ups between housemates as well as those not versed in their daily drama. With six seasons, Jersey Shore is a fairly quick binge.
12 TERRACE HOUSE: ALOHA STATE: NETFLIX
Terrace House: Aloha State is a Netflix original based on the popular Japanese Terrace House franchise. Instead of being located on the island nation as normal, the streaming-only series places cast members onto the beaches of Hawaii.
There’s a lot to like about this chapter of the series. First, six new housemates are introduced. Second, they need to acclimate themselves to American cultures and language. All of this makes for interesting moments when it comes to dating. Particularly when the housemates meet up with island locals.
11 BACK WITH THE EX: NETFLIX
You can find this show, which was made in Australia, on Netflix. It follows four single people who have the opportunity to restart a romance with their ex. This series is an interesting look at love and breakups and how those connections can last over the years.
If you’ve ever had a bad breakup that you just can’t seem to get over or someone you still think about years later, you’ll definitely find this show compelling. Sadly, there’s only one season of this show available.
10 AGE GAP LOVE: NETFLIX
Age Gap Love is a British television series that you can watch on Netflix right now. The series has been going since 2014 and has three seasons. This show looks at couples who have large age gaps between them.
The couples have diverse backgrounds and unique situations, but the one common denominator is that they aren’t close in age. Some of the couples on this show are pretty controversial which is worth noting before giving the series a watch.
9 90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER?: HULU
90 Day Fiance is a successful TLC series that has inspired a couple of spin-offs. The Happily Ever After? spin-off follows couples that were on the original show and looks at their lives after the wedding. You can watch this series on Hulu.
If you love 90 Day Fiance, it’s especially intriguing to see these couples as real-life sets in even more. Having only three months to get married is a short amount of time, so being able to look at how everything comes together is illuminating.
8 PARADISE HOTEL: HULU
Paradise Hotel is another dating show that is somewhat in the vein of The Bachelor. The series has three seasons, and you can watch the first season on Hulu right now. Paradise Hotel follows six men and six women who live together in an exclusive resort.
The couples are paired together and must decide if they want to stay together or not as new individuals are introduced over time. In the end, one couple is voted the winner by the other contestants, and the couple must then decide if they will share the price money together or leave their partner with nothing.
7 MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER: HULU
This is a somewhat classic Bravo show that was on the channel for many years, and you can now watch the entire series on Hulu. This show follows matchmaker Patti Stanger as she sets up millionaires.
The show sometimes doesn’t age super well, but seeing the millionaires, who are often eccentric, as they look for love using a matchmaker is definitely intriguing. Patti definitely speaks her mind, and this show is compelling enough you might just binge an entire season in one weekend.
6 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: HULU
This series is kind of a dating show but even more than that it is a social experiment. This series which aired on Lifetime is now available on Hulu. The premise of this show is exactly what the title suggests. Two complete strangers are matched by supposed experts, and the first time they meet is at their wedding.
Married at First Sight then follows the three couples as they have eight weeks to decide if they want to stay married or get divorced. The series is definitely a fascinating look at relationships and commitment.
5 DATING AROUND: NETFLIX
Dating Around is a Netflix original that gives a more modern and realistic look on dating. The series follows singles as they go on five first dates. After these dates, they have the chance to pick one person who they want to go on a second date with.
This series feels a bit more realistic than some other dating shows and gives insight into what modern dating can be like. Plus, there is diversity in this series with queer people included which is refreshing. Watching these first dates is by turns awkward, charming, and real.
4 LOVE ISLAND: HULU
Love Island might not be super well-known in the United States, but it’s a really popular dating show in the U.K. This series is in a similar category with Paradise Hotel or The Bachelor.
The contestants compete for money as they live together in a villa, and it’s the audiences who get to vote on which couples stay and which ones leave. The drama in this series is high, and it’s definitely a wild ride from start to finish.
3 90 DAY FIANCE: HULU
While the spin-off series of this show are definitely fascinating to watch, nothing can really beat the original. While this is less a traditional dating show and more a series about people already planning to be married, it’s a fascinating look at love and relationships.
This series makes viewers question their own perceptions of love and how background, culture, and distance impact relationships.
2 TERRACE HOUSE: NETFLIX
Terrace House is a Japanese dating show that many people across the world have grown to love. The series can be seen on Netflix including the Tokyo season and Opening New Doors season can be watched right now. This show follows six strangers as they live in the house and have the chance to date one another.
While this show might not have as much overt drama as American dating shows, it’s extremely compelling.
1 *1. LOVE IS BLIND: NETFLIX
Netflix has taken the concept of fast engagements to the next level. Love is Blind has men and women fall in love and get engaged before they even meet each other. The result is a streaming dating show that has garnered a huge following.
In addition, there is a sweetness to the show. Rather than wishing bad things on the couples, fans route for them to connect during their time as strangers. Of course, there is a reunion show to help fans find out how their favorites did once the show ended.