These shows all had the same premise: But they all went about it in different ways, and each show was more ridiculous than the next. 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.
Here are 12 old reality dating shows that will make you cringe and laugh all at once. Here's what went down: 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? Room Raiders Room Raiders was a different kind of dating 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. They went through drawers, boxes, closets - they even used an ultraviolet wand! At the end of the show, the contestant had to pick someone to date based on their bedroom, without seeing any pictures of the person. It was kind of hilarious, and kind of awesome that dates weren't chosen based on looks.
But MTV tried to make the show look real, "surprising" contestants at the door and forcing them out of their house while the contestants attempted to look shocked but really laughed the whole time. That was pretty lame, because it was so obviously scripted. Next Next was another obviously scripted show that featured a bus full of contestants competing for the affection of one person. This one person stood outside the bus, and each contestant came out one by one. When they came out, they would go on a little date It was kind of sad and painful to watch - especially when a contestant would walk out, and the person would yell out "Next!
The dates were usually incredibly awkward to watch, as the two singles struggled for attention, especially when it was obvious that someone was "winning. These shows must have been terrible for self-esteem. Exposed Exposed was another very awkward show to watch were any of them NOT awkward?! One contestant went on a date with two singles, but the catch was that a friend trailed them in a van to listen to every word of the conversation with lie-detector "software.
This show didn't last very long, because Contestants who were looking for that special someone went on a date with The contestant hung out with someone's mom for a while, then chose a date based off the mother.
It was ridiculous, because you really can't judge a person based on their parent, but that didn't make it any less fun to watch. Taildaters Taildaters was the show that inspired Exposed. It was pretty basic: The best friends would make commentary to their friend throughout the date, helping them decide whether they were into each other or not. Um, can we actually do this in real life? I completely forgot about this show until now!
Basically, two nerdy, "loser" guys were paired with sexy studs, who would coach them through a date with a "hot chick" for the chance to be invited in. Yes, this was a serious show on MTV. Yes, it lasted more than one season. Blind Date Blind Date was one of the first reality dating shows, and it's what probably inspired many of the above MTV reality dating shows. Blind Date was hilarious and wacky to watch. The show followed two people going on a blind date while the behind-the-scenes creative team added weird thought bubbles, captions and animations over everything.
There was literally almost no point to this show, but I dare you to try to stop watching it. The 5th Wheel OMG this show. Okay, so here's how it went: Everyone is getting to know each other, starting to feel kind of excited about their prospects This fifth person was there solely to shake things up and try to steal someone from someone else. It was on in the late '90s, not the early 's, and it was basically insane and all about sex. It featured a guy or girl who had to pick someone out of a crowd of people by picking physical attributes they wanted yes, it was that superficial , and asking erotic questions.
By watching this, you quickly learned that some people will literally do anything to be on TV. And thus, the new era of MTV was born. Elimidate This show was probably the most realistic out of all the reality dating shows because A group of people hung out, and one contestant had to pick someone to hook up with. They didn't really do anything, everyone just tore each apart trying to win.
It was basically real life. Which of these reality dating shows was your favorite? Which did you forget about? Which show do you miss the most? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!