10 VH1 Dating Shows You Forgot About

VH1 has produced tons of reality TV shows over the last two decades. Some of their most successful shows came in the form of dating competitions and spinoffs of those dating competitions starring the previous shows’ most notorious contestants. From rock stars to rappers to athletes, everyone looked for love on the small screen.

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With the popularity of A Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny, there’s likely renewed interest about the these classic series, especially the most hilarious and outrageous dating shows from VH1’s classic “Celebreality” programming in the 2000s and 2010s.

I Love New York

I Love New York

Tiffany “New York” Pollard was a fan-favorite villain or hero depending on the reality show she was staring in at the time. First appearing as a contestant on Flavor of Love, New York was such a hit with fans she received her own dating show. After the first season of I Love New York didn’t end in a love connection, she gave it another shot in season two. New York’s big personality and brutal honesty made her connect with fans, but her numerous spinoff shows overshadowed her dating competition’s popularity.

Flavor of Love

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Flavor of Love was one of the funniest reality television shows of all time, one that inspired several other dating shows and spinoffs on VH1. From one contestant trying to microwave a whole raw chicken to New York telling it like it is, the house was full of high jinks. Flavor of Love popularized the idea of giving the contestants nicknames rather than using their real names. After three seasons, the show was canceled, and with VH1 producing so many shows like Flavor of Love in the mid-2000s and 2010s, many people may have forgotten about the series that started it all.

Megan Wants a Millionaire

Megan Hauserman on Megan Wants a Millionaire

Megan Hauserman wasn’t done with reality television after her stint on Rock of Love and Charm School. Megan was looking for love again on Megan Wants A Millionaire. VH1 canceled the series early after police wanted contestant Ryan Jenkins for murder. The scandal led VH1 to distance itself from the show, hoping fans would forget the contestant and the case.

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Only three episodes aired before Megan Wants a Millionaire was scrapped. It was later revealed that Jenkins made it to the competition’s finals, but contestant TJ was the winner.

Rock of Love

Rock Of Love With Bret Michaels

Rock of Love was one of VH1’s most popular reality shows when it aired. Fans of Poison were captivated by the idea of watching the band’s famous frontman find his new love. Like the shows before it, Rock of Love went on for three seasons before it was canceled, with no long-lasting love connections being made. Fans may have forgotten about Rock of Love, given Bret Michaels’s dwindling celebrity status and sexist attitude. A good deal of the commentary on the show included women being judged for their looks and promiscuity.

A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila

A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila was meant to be a groundbreaking show for VH1. The show was the first competition to feature an openly bisexual main love interest on the network, the show inspired so many spinoffs and eventually was so embroiled in scandals that VH1 stopped promoting it. Year after the series aired, Tila Tequila made several anti-Semitic social media posts and has continued to make controversial statements. After being off the air for so long and the popularity of the revived version of the show, Tila Tequila’s era has been left behind.

Real Chance Of Love

The Stallionaires posing together

Real Chance of Love followed brothers Real and Chance, who both participated as eligible bachelors on I Love New York. As a spinoff of a spinoff, Real Chance was a carbon copy of I Love New York and Flavor of Love. The contestants were given nicknames and competed in challenges, seeking to win the hearts of the two brothers. The show didn’t generate the same amount of buzz as Flavor of Love or I Love New York, and it was canceled after just two seasons. Real, whose real name was Ahmad Givens, died of cancer in 2015.

Daisy of Love

Daisy of Love Opening Credit

Daisy was a fan favorite in season 2 of Rock of Love, and after making a significant impact on the show, she got her spinoff. Daisy only had one season of her show. Her show wasn’t anything special compared to the other competition shows on the network. Daisy has turned away from reality television and focused on her music and sobriety. With little to no social media presence, Daisy has left her days of dating on tv behind, and so have the fans.

For the Love of Ray J

Ray J and the cast of his dating show

Ray J had been unlucky in love and decided he would try his hand at the “celebreality” dating show. Ray J had another reality show with his sister Brandy that aired around the same time as the competition. With so much Ray J on the network, it was hard for fans to differentiate between the competition show and his “real life” show. When neither of the show’s two seasons ended up with a lasting relationship, it was canceled. If it had aired during the height of Ray J’s fame, perhaps fans might have found it more memorable.

Ochocinco The Ultimate Catch

Ochocinco The Ultimate Catch took a new approach to the dating competition. The show started with 85 women who competed in a tournament-style competition. After making the “roster,” the women competed in a more traditional style of dating competition. Despite the new format, fans have primarily forgotten about Ochocinco The Ultimate Catch, mainly because it lasted only one season.

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After retiring from football, Ochocinco went on to find love elsewhere and stayed out of the spotlight until 2021, leaving his reality TV dating series to be forgotten and overshadowed by VH1’s other more outrageous dating shows.

Dating Naked

Dating Naked was one of VH1’s wildest shows of all time. Contestants were nude for the entirety of the competition. Despite being unique and outrageous, it didn’t last long on the air. After three seasons, the show was canceled. Even though it should have left an impression, it has been mostly forgotten. Unlike other dating shows, none of the former contestants have gotten their own show to keep the memory of Dating Naked alive.

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