, obviously), but when nothing else is on and I’m feeling so bored I could scream, I’ll watch them.
Back in the early 2000’s, one of my boring/lazy day guilty pleasures was watching reality dating competition shows.
These shows all had the same premise: to meet the “love of your life” (or at least someone cute you could make out with).
There was just something about watching awkward or super confident young adults try to navigate the obstacles of the show to attempt to meet someone they clicked with.
I loved the terrible scripted dialogue, relished the extra juicy moments, and couldn’t stop hate-watching the people who were total jerks…
I felt all these things while simultaneously wondering what in the world I was doing with my time. Who didn’t hate-watch at least one of these insane dating shows?
Here are 12 old reality dating shows that will make you cringe and laugh all at once.
This show was amazing, but also ALL sorts of messed up.
Here's what went down: when parents didn't like their kid's boyfriend or girlfriend, they all went on this show.The parents would pick two other candidates for their kid to date instead of their current partner.We watched as the guy or girl went out with parent-approved dates, and at the end of the show, the guy or girl had to pick who they liked best to keep dating.As if all of that wasn't awkward enough, the scorned significant other had to sit with the parents the whole time, watching their boyfriend or girlfriend go on dates with other people.There was a lot of fighting and angry words, and it was like, what do you think these people did after the show? Instead of choosing a significant other while hanging out, contestants chose someone based on their rooms.Three contestants sat in a van, where they watched one contestant go through their bedrooms.