3 reality dating shows that will help you lose even more brain cells

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The longer we sit in self-isolation, the weaker our willpower becomes against the perils of mindless reality dating shows. Some may have built up uncrushable defenses against the trap that is watching pretty people cry over each other for eight straight hours, but for those of us throwing dignity to the wind, here’s a short list of trainwrecks to witness.

“Love Is Blind” (2020)

One of the most talked-about shows of this year, “Love Is Blind” puts romance to the test by seeing if people can truly fall in love through a wall without seeing each other. Labeled as an “experiment” by the producers, this show gives contestants just 10 days to propose to their future husband or wife, and then only four weeks until the big wedding day. 

While the premise of “blind love” isn’t fully followed through — each contestant is about as conventionally attractive as it gets — the show nevertheless unveils all of the ups and downs of freshly sparked heteronormative romance, and of realizing that the person you’re dating just might not be the one for you. We’re looking at you, Jessica. 

Luckily for fans wanting to see more of this experiment, “Love Is Blind” has been renewed for a second and third season. Cheers to watching even more on-screen blowout fights!  

Stream “Love Is Blind” on Netflix.

“Daisy of Love” (2009)

Most people probably haven’t heard of “Daisy of Love,” though why this show never made meme history is a mystery to us. Starring Daisy De La Hoya, the true woman of the hour and losing contestant of “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” “Daisy of Love” pits wannabe rock stars against each other in battle for this bombshell’s fiery rock ’n’ roll heart. 

On this “Bachelorette”-esque series, each contestant is given a nickname that defines their personality to De La Hoya: the standouts are definitely “12 Pack,” “Dropout,” “Cable Guy,” “6 Gauge” and “Big Rig.” If their outfits, the camera quality and the nautical NorCal stars don’t scream “2009” enough, then just wait until you see what the producers have up their sleeves for each episode’s challenge.

Stream “Daisy of Love” on Hulu.

“Too Hot to Handle” (2020)

This show. This show. “Too Hot to Handle” is Netflix’s newest attempt at matching young, hot people with other young, hot people because, once again, that never happens in real life. We definitely need an organized reality show for this purpose.

With only eight episodes and a cast full of contestants you just love to hate (except for David — protect him at all costs), this drama-filled, sexed-up series will leave you thinking, “Are they always like this?” And with this premise, wherein a group of Instagram model-looking 20-somethings land on a luxurious island for a month, the $100,000 prize shrinking every time someone falls victim to “adult” temptations, it’s quite hard to take the show seriously.

But then again, when are television dating shows ever meant to be taken seriously? Pour up that glass of champagne, organize your Netflix Party watch and scream every time Haley talks about how much she hates everyone.   

Stream “Too Hot to Handle” on Netflix.

“Streaming Diaries” articles are recommendations from Daily Cal staff members on underrated content available on streaming platforms.

Skylar De Paul is the deputy arts & entertainment editor. Contact her at [email protected]. Tweet her at @skylardepaul.