The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC, debuts in February)
Circling back to ABC’s Bachelor franchise, this newest spinoff mines the scrap heap of ex-bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past to “go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all–love.” Bachelor Nation alumns Ryan and Tristan Sutter will be featured, as will our boy Arie. (He’s already packed an extra cardigan.)
Reason to watch: Because we know we will. Let’s just hang our heads in collective shame now.
90 Day Fiancé (TLC, renewed for Spring 2018)
This is my first love, my last love, and the entire reason twitter exists. And viewers agree, piling up near the 2-million mark last year every Sunday night to watch American men and women find love or heartbreak overseas. When they bring their lovers home, the foreigners only have 90 days on their K-1 Visas to get married. Will they follow through with the plan? Or will their American dream turn into a nightmare? (Spoiler alert: Nightmares abound. And they are deliciously epic.)
Reason to watch: THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TV, period. It’s truly what reality TV was all about before it jumped the shark into over-produced fakery. It is a rare diamond sprinkled with gold dust, and we don’t deserve it. You know what – just go download every past season of it right now and cancel your weekend plans. You won’t be able to look away, I promise.
Love at First Flight (FYI Network, debuts March 20 at 10 EST)
Imagine being stuck with your god awful Tinder match for an entire vacation. That’s this show. Strangers meet to take “a romantic (and stressful) journey across North America—with the chance to get married at the airport immediately after their final flight lands.”
Reason to watch: Nothing says “I think I’ll marry this total stranger!” like being forced to slug through TSA checkpoints and go on forced snorkeling excursions. I am here for it.
Are You The One? (MTV, renewed for 2018)
MTV has built a loyal fan base for this dating game show. The premise of 22 men and women being holed up together while forced to figure out who their perfect match is works on every level. Bonus: They have to determine each other’s matches too!
Reason to watch: Real love, real hookups, real messy. It’s all here for the taking. Experts decide who is supposed to be matched with whom, but it’s the contestants who surprise us in the end with who they’re attracted to – and who they want to murder (hint: sometimes it’s their “perfect match.”)
Spouse House (TLC, unconfirmed renewal for 2018)
Singles who claim they are ready for marriage are placed in a house, then told to find their spouse. Sounds easy enough. Except that, much like in real life, hardly anyone is mutually attracted to one another. In its debut season, two couples actually did get married in the Spouse House, but whether their unions will last back in the real world is still TBD.
Reason to watch: This show is cast in Chicago, which gives a very different feel to the players. Some seem genuinely interested in marriage, while others are just trying to get their foot in the reality TV door. The experts transition new cast mates into the house every week, axing the singles who can’t find a match, which keeps the show pacing and chemistry fresh.