Even programs that aren’t directly about relationships, like for example, end up highlighting how relationships uphold in stressful situations.

The degree to which relationships are scrutinized, examined, put under stress and exposed in reality TV is seemingly endless.

Touting premises like chaining love interests together and offering contestants the chance to date fake Prince Harry, many of these shows carried promise.

first introduced this format in the 60s where a contestant would ask three potential suitors questions in order to flush out who would be the best date for them, based on the answers they would receive.

Since, dating games have evolved but the same format still commonly applies.

Some of the most squirm-worthy moments in dating awkwardness are often seen on reality shows. Not usually, but that sure doesn't mean we won't watch them try and try again!

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The fifth wheel didn't serve much purpose outside of being a provocateur, and rarely had an effect on whether love blossomed between the contestants.

Halfway through the double date, the contestants would switch partners.

, for example, was in essence this same show but on a grander scale.

In this particular relationship-based reality TV show, somewhere around 20 squealing, pining, and dare I say desperate women were all vying for the attention of one very eligible bachelor.

The masks helped ensure that the bachelorette would make her decision based on internal beauty instead of relying on external attraction, but viewers never got to see who she picked because the show was cancelled after five episodes. Who knew she ventured into the world of romantic reality TV?