Viewers face a glut of reality shows with broadcasters working on more than programmes aimed at provoking controversy and outrage. TV companies are seeking out people to have cosmetic surgery, paternity tests or sex on TV, as well as bigamists and "people with short fuses". Despite surveys showing viewers are tired of reality television, the genre is tightening its grip on the schedules. It has hit a winning streak with Strictly Come Dancing and created a spin-off for Graham Norton to host, in which members of the public compete on the ballroom dance floor. Of the reality shows in pre-production for next year, 25 are looking for "feuding families", 13 are based on sex, 12 are dating shows, 12 are looking at obese people and three at teen sex. One programme-maker wants mothers and daughters to compete against each other in a "fun new dating show".
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The premise: An RV full of daters went one by one on dates with a stranger who could at any time call "next" to get a new person to date. For every minute the date lasted, the dater earned a dollar, which they got to keep if they got "nexted. Why it was so wild: The daters' personal facts were iconic , and the premise was essentially Tinder with a financial-incentive twist. The one true highlight was the terrible daters, who, admittedly, made for great reality TV — but where was the love? The premise: Each episode, a contestant met with three moms who would try to convince them to date her child. At the end of the episode and based solely on the dates with the moms, the contestant would choose which mother's child to date.
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And truly, nothing hits the spot better than a dating show, which is probably why The Bachelor has been on since the literal dawn of time. This Australian show about young adults on the autism spectrum exploring dating and relationships is a must-watch from Netflix. Watch on Netflix. The premise of this show is literally horny single people being trapped at a resort unable to touch.
When we're not going on dates or flipping through Tinder , many of us are living vicariously through others—on reality shows like The Bachelor ette , of course. Romantic reality TV binging is the guilty pleasure we all love to hate. And even those of us who stay far away from it can recognize and respect how iconic the genre has become.