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The Bachelorette Has Been Postponed...Here's What to Watch Instead

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On March 13, Warner Bros. Television Group made the announcement we all knew was coming, but have been simultaneously dreading. Season 16 of The Bachelorette has officially been postponed. *Sobs uncontrollably.* In a statement released on Friday, the company–which produces all Bach franchised for ABC—stated: “With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.”

In an Instagram post shortly after the announcement, season 16 Bachelorette Clare Crawley commented on her postponed season—and chance to find love—reassuring fans that she’s waited 38 years to find love, so really, “what’s a little bit longer, right!”

While we applaud Clare’s optimism, we’re also kind of upset—because, what in the heck will we even watch if The Bachelorette isn’t on?! Especially now, when people across the world have been advised to practice social distancing and work from home if possible. Luckily, there’s a lot of other *dramatic* romance shows to catch up on. Here, 10 other shows to watch that’ll fill your reality TV, dating or romance fix—or maybe all three.

Love is Blind

Could we really start any dating show/reality TV list *without* this recent smash hit? If you’re looking to still see millennials chaotically date and scramble to get engaged—then this is the show for you. Not only does Love is Blind feature a bunch of singles vying for love, but said singles date, fall in love and get engaged…all without seeing each other. It’s messy as heck. Plus, it gives us moments like the below during the recent reunion.

Also, it includes two hosts who arguably do even less than The Bachelorette‘s Chris Harrison. (Shout out to Vanessa and her hubby, obviously Nick Lachey!) Plus, the idea of isolation dating seems eerily on the nose for our current situation…*shudder.*

Come for the mess, stay for the gems that are Lauren and Cameron.

Watch it on: Netflix

Family Karma

We should preface this by saying that no one in this show has the last name Karma…which should really tell you everything you need to know. Bravo’s latest reality TV show, Family Karma follows a group of South Asian families living and working in Miami, FL. They’re rich, they’re intergenerational and they’re constantly fighting (which TBH, sounds *a lot* like my fam).

Think Real Housewives meets Vanderpump Rules, with more cultural conflict.

Watch it on: Hayu and Amazon Prime

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The Circle

Another one from Netflix (are we shocked?), The Circle follows a group of contestants who are isolated within their own apartments, and only able to communicate with other contestants via “The Circle”—a program that’s kind of like a social media app, where they can message and chat. The goal? For contestants to present themselves as desirable to other contestants to win them over. The contestants rate each other and the winner is ostensibly, the most popular or liked; and yes, if you’re wondering, we are now living in Black Mirror.
While the show may sound kind of apocalyptic, there are some great contestants, relatable storylines and some *subtle* flirting.

Watch it on: Netflix

Married at First Sight

Still looking to get your reality TV dating fix, but with even more chaos? Then Married at First Sight (or MAFS, as it’s affectionately called) is the series for you. Forget dating in pods and having an actual conversation with someone before you walk down the aisle; for these couples, they’re walking down the aisle toward a complete stranger, someone who they’ve been paired with based on personality tests and consultations with psychologists. It’s straight up bonkers—and we absolutely love it. While the American version of the show is great (if your barometer for great is an absolute train wreck), the real MVP is the Australian version of the show, which has featured *several* cheating storylines.

On the plus side, the show has produced several long-lasting couples—so maybe there’s something to marrying a complete stranger.

Watch it on: iTunes

The Goop Lab

TBH, there’s one person I don’t want to incessantly listen to during a period of social distancing, it’s Gwyneth Paltrow. (Honestly, you just know she’s a doomsayer.) The actor and wellness guru has built a reputation over the past few years as someone who puts science on the back-burner and aesthetic at the forefront. Don’t believe me? Just watch this October 2019 clip of her on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she legitimately has no idea why her company has chosen to sell glass water bottles with crystals in them.

Regardless, her recent Netflix docuseries, The Goop Lab, is surprisingly informative and affirming for women and their lady parts. (There were still *some* issues with the doc, of course.) If we’re missing out on watching Clare find love this spring, why not focus on learning about—and loving—our own bodies and vaginas?

Something tells me we’ll have *a lot* of downtime for self-exploration and finding out what works for us. So cue GP up and get started.

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Watch it on: Netflix

Dating Around

Another super popular dating show produced by Netflix, Dating Around might be a bit of a #TBT watch. Originally debuting in the summer of 2018, each episode of the show follows someone who’s single and ready to mingle as they go on five blind dates leading to one second date. Not everyone ends up hitting it off, but it’s fun to watch them try. Not to mention, unlike some other popular dating shows (*ahem* The Bachelor *ahem*) the show features same sex couples as well as heterosexual couples trying to find love.

And over a year later, we still can’t get over how much of a badass Gurki Basra is.

Watch it on: Netflix

90 Day Fiancé

If you haven’t heard of or watched 90 Day Fiancé yet, we’re about to rock your world. The show—which has about 100 other offshoots—follows two couples, one American and one foreign, as the latter comes over on a K-1 visa for 90 days to decide if they want to get married and can prove that their love is real.

As you can imagine, like on the Bach franchise, not everyone is in it “for the right reasons,” with some of the enfianced trying to get married solely in order to obtain green cards. Cue the fight scenes.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Sex Education

Now is the perfect time to hunker down and binge watch all two season of Sex Education, a sleeper hit from Netflix. It’s not reality TV but, TBH, it should be. The show—which follows high school students at the fictional Moordale Secondary as they navigate sex, relationships and love—is super realistic. It features a diverse cast (not just racially, but sexually, socioeconomically and in terms of ability) and touches on IRL questions teenagers have like: Is my vagina broken if I can’t orgasm? How do I douche if I want to have anal sex? Does losing my virginity make me less than whole? (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t!)

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Also, it’s just a super horny show—which anyone who has watched The Bachelorette can attest is a must have.

Watch it on: Netflix

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RuPaul’s Drag Race

The show has had some controversy as of late, but nevertheless is the perfect reality TV watch to lift your spirits during this Bachelorette hiatus.

Watch this season’s drag queens duke it out for the top spot. It’s like American’s Next Top Model…only way better.

Watch it on: Netflix

Cheer

Honestly, we all just need some mat talk from Jerry right now.

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Hey guys! I want to thank you all so much for all of the love and support you have shown me! I never in a million years thought that I would get this kind of attention, especially from people outside the cheer world! It is crazy! I have been blessed to have some kind and loving people in my life. My “cheer moms” have looked out for me and helped me since I lost my mom when I was 16. Since CHEER came out, several people have reached out asking how they could help me. In response my cheer moms reactivated the Gofundme that they set up for me four years ago. I am overwhelmed at the response and generosity. I don’t really have the words to express how thankful I am for all of this and all of you. I have been so blessed in life and I’m so grateful for all of this love! Thank you all so much! I love you all so much!❤️ P.S. the link is in my bio:)

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Watch it on: Netflix