8 Dating Shows Like ‘The Bachelor’ to Satisfy Your Chris Harrison Withdrawal
We’ve been watching a lot of TV. As a result, we’re starting to realize how much we rely on The Bachelor franchise for entertainment. So, we compiled a list of dating shows that will satisfy your Chris Harrison withdrawal (for now). From Love Island to Dating Naked, keep reading for eight dating shows like The Bachelor.
1. 'Love Island'
The lucky islanders pack their bags and travel to a villa, where they’re coupled up in the hope of winning the grand prize. Think Bachelor in Paradise…but with a catch, since the winners are forced to choose between love and money.
It’s important to point out that there are both U.S. and U.K. versions of the show. We’ll deny ever saying this, but the American franchise isn’t nearly as binge-worthy as the British one. You’ve been warned.
Watch Love Island (U.K.) on Hulu
2. 'Temptation Island'
This one’s just like Love Island, but instead of single contestants, it features couples who are tasked with trying out the “single life.” They’re secluded in separate houses and introduced to sexy “tempters,” whose sole purpose is to test their relationship. (You know, kind of like The Bachelor producers, who are known for stirring up drama behind the scenes.)
4. 'Dating Naked'
Yes, it’s a real show. And no, it’s not R-rated (because that would be really weird). The concept is pretty self-explanatory, single contestants embark on a series of dates wearing, you guessed it, no clothes. Hey, it eliminates the hassle of picking out an outfit, which is typically required by Bachelor contestants.
Watch Dating Naked on VH1
5. 'Love Is Blind'
What would happen if Bachelor in Paradise contestants wore blindfolds? Introducing Love Is Blind, the TV show where couples fall in love without ever seeing the other person. The conversations are confined to “solo pods,” which allow them to talk to their potential mates with zero physical contact. But that’s only the beginning. This show is a rollercoaster of emotions and cringe-worthy moments.
Watch Love Is Blind on Netflix
6. 'Married at First Sight'
It’s exactly what you’d expect: Couples getting married at first sight. We know, it sounds crazy, but there’s something weirdly satisfying about strangers getting married that always keeps us coming back for more.
7. 'Dating Around'
One person goes on five blind dates before selecting one to invite on a second outing. It’s like a scaled down version of The Bachelor where you’re not expected to propose at the end. Phew!
Watch Dating Around on Netflix
This is the only scripted series in the bunch, but it definitely deserves a mention. Unreal offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the production that goes into a TV show like The Bachelor. It follows the producers of a dating competition called Everlasting, who will stop at nothing to get the best content.
Co-created by former Bachelor producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, it provides an eye-opening juxtaposition that die-hard Bachelor viewers will surely appreciate.
Watch Unreal on Hulu