The new series Love Island is back on our screens in a matter of days and set to take the nation by storm.
It’s become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, and after time away from our screens, excitement is at fever pitch.
And if you really can’t wait till Monday (June 28) when it starts, then fear not, help is at hand.
We’ve rounded up a list of must-see dating shows for you to binge ahead of the Love Island launch show!
And, dare we say it, they’re even better than the ITV2 love-fest!
Can’t wait for the new Love Island? Try Too Hot Too Handle
Netflix has just brought its raunchy dating series back for season 2.
The drama-filled reality show features a group of gorgeous singletons living in a tropically located villa.
However, there’s a twist. The contestants are not allowed to kiss or get physical with one another.
In fact, if they do, the overall cash prize money is slashed for not only them but the entire group.
Hilarity ensues, and the first season got rather steamy too.
Season 1 and 2 of Too Hot Too Handle are available to stream on Netflix right now.
Love Is Blind
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Netflix series Love Is Blind.
It took the world by storm at the start of the pandemic, and kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end.
The show is an experiment to test if love really is blind as participants get to know the opposite sex through pods.
The couples ended up falling in love, getting engaged and some even tied the knot after seeing and spending time with each other.
However, others weren’t so lucky.
Season one of Love is Blind is available to stream on Netflix.
Can’t wait for the new Love Island? Try Married At First Sight Australia
Married At First Sight sees couples paired up by relationship experts and made to walk down the aisle before knowing each other.
There’s plenty of international versions, but MAFSA is truly the pinnacle.
The latest series took Australia by storm and when it finally aired in the UK over a year later, some of the contestants became the most controversial reality TV figures in years.
There are 8 series in total, so you’ve got plenty to get stuck into. But our personal favourite? Series 6!
You can stream Married At First Sight Australia on All 4.
Netflix is bringing back Sexy Beasts.
The show originally aired on BBC Three in 2014, but now the streaming giant is rebooting the series.
For the new season, Netflix invited around 50 single men and women to go on dates with each other while dressed in elaborate disguises supplied by Hollywood make-up artists.
However, this is where it gets bizarre. Only when they’ve formed a real connection and start to like each other are they allowed to see each other’s real faces.
The new series launches on Netflix on July 21.
Can’t wait for the new Love Island? Try UnREAL
Now, this isn’t actually a reality show.
Amazon Prime’s scripted dark comedy series takes a look behind the scenes of a Love Island-style dating show.
It stars Shiri Appleby as a young reality television producer pushed to her limits by her manic boss (Constance Zimmer) to swallow her integrity and do whatever it takes to manipulate contestants and get blockbuster ratings.
It’s dark, sexy and salacious… and it was written by producers who actually used to work on reality dating shows!
You can watch all four series of UnREAL on Amazon Prime Video.
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