The best reality shows to watch now Love Island’s over

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by Hannah Mellin |
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And so, as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti leave the villa as your Love Island 2022 winners – with Gemma Owen and Luca Bish, Indiyah Pollack and Dami Hope, and Tasha Ghouri and Andrew Le Page in second, third and fourth places respectively, we’re left wondering – what are we meant to do now?

Any Love Island fan will tell you that it’s the ultimate in addictive television – it’d have to be, considering it’s a nightly commitment for two entire months of the year. So now that it’s finished we’re genuinely a little lost. Yes, we COULD resume our social lives, see our family and friends… but actually, there’s a whole load of bingeworthy reality TV shows on streaming sites which will fill the Love Island shaped hole in your life QUITE nicely, thank you very much (sorry, mum).

Check out: all the reality series to watch now Love Island is finished


Reality series to watch now Love Island is finished

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CREDIT: Paramount+


Another Discovery+ gem, All Star Shore has brought together the carnage of 14 reality stars from across the world to compete in a "party competition show". You may have already seen the TikToks, but this show is like nothing we've ever seen before. Seriously, we thought Geordie Shore and Jersey Shore were chaotic...

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The Only Way Is Essex

After what seems like forever, TOWIE is finally back, with series 30 kicking off the the Dominican Republic. The show was delayed for a number of reasons, including COVID-19 protocols and newbie Pia Smith’s shock axe from the show but we're so, so happy to see them all back in August.

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CREDIT: Discovery+

90 Day Fiancé

If you're after some flaws and all reality after Love Island, get ready for 90 Day Fiancé. The popular reality show has landed on Discovery+ and follows eight loved-up Brits and their long-distance partners over the course of 90 days to determine whether their relationship is the real deal. Let us tell you, it is EXPLOSIVE.

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Married at First Sight UK

If you enjoyed the downright WIIIILD Married At First Sight Australia season six (perhaps the most explosive series of our generation thus far), then you will be pleased to know that a UK version is just as good. The telly gods have taken inspiration from down under and a second series is said to be coming our way VERY soon. If you plan to invite us to anything in September... err, don't, okay?

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It's an oldie but a goodie – if you ask us Gogglebox is one of the best shows on TV. It's been a staple of our Friday nights for so long some of the cast – like the Siddiquis and Lee and Jenny – are basically like our own families. And the best part, if you're missing Love Island, is that the 'boxers often tune in to give their own armchair criticism on the show – often proving to be every bit as, if not funnier than, Iain Stirling's own commentary.

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CREDIT: Netflix

Too Hot to Handle

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? So if you've enjoyed watching this year's Islanders cracking on and coupling up in Palma paradise for the past eight weeks then you're bound to love Too Hot to Handle. Much like Love Island, the Netflix show involves sexy singletons from around the world jetting off to an exotic locale in the hopes of finding a romantic connection but there's one major catch - they're forbidden from all sexual contact.

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CREDIT: Netflix

Are You The One?

Are You The One? Is the perfect Love Island hole-filler. Ten single men and ten single women are left in a luxurious holiday villa on the premise that they have been matched with their perfect partner, all the have to do is find them. If all twenty of them find their perfect matches, then they win $1 million. Seems easy but the only way of knowing if you're with 'The One' is to have the 'truth booth' declare it. The problem is, they're only allowed to send ten couples to the booth across the ten weeks. It's flashy, hi-tech and completely ridiculous in other words the perfect reality TV show.

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Below Deck

If you haven't checked out Below Deck yet, then you must have been living under a rock because it is THE reality TV garbage (in the best way) you need in your life. From on-board romances (and a hell of a lot of jealousy) to crew members outright refusing to work, there's enough drama to keep you entertained for the entirety of autumn. Oh, and Chef Ben is a SLICE.

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