While we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of mainstream dating shows willing to open their doors to queer singletons since then, many remain depressingly straight.

For a nation with such a prudish reputation, some of the shows that have made it on to British TV are pretty shocking.

What's even more surprising is that some of these programmes are so popular among us "reserved" Brits that they get commissioned for a second and third series.

You can even re-watch some of these dating programs on Netflix!

One of the earliest dating reality shows was , a show that featured one bachelorette grilling a trio of prospective suitors. The people looking for dates could hear the contestants' answers to their questions, but they couldn't *see* them.

Dating reality shows now are all about high drama and lots of tears. By far one of the most popular formats for the best dating reality shows is that of ABC's .

On these dating shows, one person meets an interacts with numerous potential mates over a period of several weeks. Enjoy this list of the greatest reality TV dating shows ever, and don't forget to vote!Everyone seems to regret it afterwards but nobody seems to learn their lesson.The best dating reality shows offer viewers the unique perspective of watching singles trying to find the perfect mate.From naked dating to celebrity orgies, it looks like there are no limits when it comes to what's now acceptable on the small screen.Perhaps the nation isn't as reserved as we'd like to think?Dating tv shows are nothing new, but they're nearly always entertaining.