In need of a good binge sesh while staying safe at home? Have no fear — Wonderwall.com is here to provide you with some fresh reality romance series recommendations. From classics to shows that have been flying under the radar, find your next obsession here… Our first tip? Consider yourself lucky if you've yet to dive into the world of Britain's "Love Island." Those new to the show have six amazing drama-packed seasons to devour, and though we humbly suggest our personal favorites — seasons 4 and 5 — you can really start anywhere with this series since the cast changes every season. Embrace the accents and get addicted to this international treasure on Hulu today. The only negative? The 2020 season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Keep reading for more recs…
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It's hard to believe it's been six years since "90 Day Fiance" first premiered on TLC. The seriously addictive series has launched numerous spinoffs in its wake — including "90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days" and "90 Day Fiance: The Other Way," to name just a few — and each is just as good as the next. Watch couples from different countries try to navigate international relationships where, in most cases, one mate is trying to move to America. There's plenty of drama and just the right amount of travel to help curb that wanderlust. Plus TLC continues to bless fans with more spinoffs and updates on fan favorites via spinoffs like "90 Day Fiance: What Now" and "90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After." Catch them on Hulu, Sling TV or the TLC app with a cable subscription.
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In case you didn't catch this series when it was trending shortly before the pandemic broke out, "Love Is Blind" is still the perfect quarantine binge. It doesn't result in too much FOMO — after all these couples first meet while solitary in pods and talk through the wall — and ended up resulting in some successful married couples. It's a Netflix original that you'll want to binge quickly!
With nearly 40 seasons between them, it may seem intimidating for novices to jump into "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette," but there's no better way to get a feel for the ABC staple than to relive a few past seasons to prepare you for the new ones. There's a reason these ABC shows have endured this long: No matter the franchise, there's never a shortage of drama! Each season has its own strengths and weaknesses (check out our rankings here!) and all promise to keep you entertained and distracted from what's happening in the world while staying safe at home! Stream them on Netflix.
Looking for a more diverse reality romance cast? Netflix's "Dating Around" embraced people of different races, ages and sexual identities for this six-episode series that shows people going on five blind dates. And if you get hooked, you're in luck! A second season is on the way later in 2020! Check this one out on Netflix.
If you like your reality dating series extra messy, it's time to check out "Temptation Island." This USA Network show takes couples who've been together for years and drops them into a social experiment where they're separated and their loyalty is tested — via an influx of dozens of hot singles they have to take on dates. Serious drama obviously ensues, making this a must-watch. Catch it on Hulu.
For a different take on romance, might we suggest the original internet relationships sleuths of "Catfish"? The MTV series tackles a different couple every episode as the hosts attempt to figure out if the people on the other end of the emails, texts and phone calls actually are who they say they are or are playing a cruel game of pretend. Catch it free on the MTV app, Hulu or Sling TV.
"The Millionaire Matchmaker" was an early reality fave: The Bravo series followed real-life matchmaker Patti Stanger's service that happened to cater to, well, millionaires. It made for great TV fodder, which is why it ran from 2008 until 2015 and now can be binged via Hulu anytime.
The Australian series "Back With The Ex" gets you up to speed with four former couples working on reuniting. The addictive series even includes one couple that split 28 years prior to the show! If you're curious to see if exes can ever truly get back together, check out the series on Netflix.
Technically, Bravo's "Summer House" isn't a reality romance series, but that doesn't stop the young and good-looking cast from turning it into one! The premise of this underrated show? A group of New York City 20- and 30-somethings head to a gorgeous home in Montauk, New York, and what happens happens. Though it got its start as somewhat of a "Vanderpump Rules" spinoff, these days it's providing more drama than its soapy predecessor! From former and current houseguests hooking up to engaged couple Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula getting into lovers' quarrels, this show has quickly become one of our Bravo faves while in quarantine. Go back to the beginning and start with season 1 or jump right in and get going with the more recent season 4, which is currently streaming on the Bravo app.
For those that loved "Love is Blind," it's time to meet its messier predecessor — "Married At First Sight." The show, which originally aired on A&E and Lifetime, follows complete strangers who agree to be set up by matchmakers and marry without ever seeing one another. Surprisingly, many seasons later, it's actually yielded some successful marriages — like Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner, who famously took part in the very first season and welcomed their second child together in May 2020. Stream it on Hulu.
Who remembers "Flavor of Love"? The classic VH1 show followed rapper Flavor Flav on his quest to find love by inviting 20 women to live in his mansion so he can date them. Catch up on all the drama — including the debut of reality TV legend Tiffany "New York" Pollard, who got her start on the series — via Hulu.
The American version of Britain's "Love Island" is also on hold due to the COVID-19 health crisis, but if you missed this one when it aired in 2019, it's a great time to catch up! See the inaugural season by streaming it on the CBS App.
It's easy to compare "Too Hot To Handle" to "Love Island," but this Netflix offering has a twist (and a fewer episodes per season). On this series, 10 singles move into a villa and think they're competing for a cash prize while finding love. But they quickly learn that any kind of sexual encounters deduct money from their $100,000 prize, with their movements closely watched by an Alexa-like tattletale named Lana.
Need a new "The Bachelor" fix? "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" is the latest offering in the ABC franchise. The show, which debuted in 2020, aims to pair musical hopefuls together to find love while they also compete in musical challenges and go on music-centered dates. Get caught up on ABC On Demand or Hulu.