Although Love Island isn’t technically on an island, we’re going to be feeling somewhat adrift when the show draws to a close. Occupying our minds for an hour each and every evening (excluding Saturdays, obviously), our lives our going to feel admittedly empty when the ITV2 show leaves our lives.
And, following the news that ratings for the show have reached an all-time high of 2.4 million, we know that we definitely won’t be alone in feeling the pang. So, in order to ease that TV-shaped hole, here are the prime TV picks to soothe those post-Love Island blues.
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RuPaul's Drag Race
Otherwise known as The Greatest Reality Show Of All Time, RuPaul’s Drag Race sees drag queens compete in the art of song, dance and style to bag the $100,000 prize and the esteemed drag queen of all drag queens title. The show, which has nine series to its name, is full of comedic, tear-inducing fervour and is simply unmissable.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Netflix, watch here
The original version of Aloha State, this Japanese Netflix Original focuses on six men and women who start as strangers living together under one room. In a majestic spin, there’s no script to the show, but a simple documentation of the highs and lows of living in company.
Terrace House: Netflix, watch here
Remember how addictively watchable Bring It On was? Imagine the film in a series format, offering an astute analysis of the Northern American cultural sport that has audiences agogo with fascination. Cue Cheer Squad, a Canadian reality series that follows team the Great White Sharks who are in a desperate race to reform their team for the impending World Cheerleading Championships.
Cheer Squad: Netflix, watch here
Welcome to the Upper West Side, a treacherous land of fashionistas, lust, and very beautiful people. There was a reason why Gossip Girl caused such a furore in its 2012 debut, and if you’re lucky enough to tune in now its six seasons are over, we cannot help but be a little bit jealous. Gossip Girl’s delicious hour-long episodes are designed to be inhaled, and we will offer no judgement if your weekend plans are all of a sudden obliterated in favour of Serena and Blair’s company.
Gossip Girl: Netflix, watch here
Brave New Girls: Transgender Beauty Queens
This series follows transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova as she strives to become a top model, actor and television personality. Surrounded by her cousin Angela, Jenna's closest confidant; her best friend Dajana, a level-headed beauty; and Vanessa, Jenna's hard-charging publicist, the show follows Talackova’s inspiring journey to the top.
Brave New Girls: Transgender Beauty Queens: Amazon Prime, watch here
Rich Bride, Poor Bride
Reality TV loves a good wedding. In this case, reality TV loves trying to make a showstopping wedding — within budget. Move over Don’t Tell The Bride, it’s time for Rich Bride, Poor Bride to shine in the spotlight. As each episode follows the journey of a couple paired with a wedding planner to help them stay in budget, watch true love unfold in this Canadian reality series.
Rich Bride, Poor Bride: Amazon Prime, watch here
First Dates international editions
We’ve all fallen hook line and sinker for the UK dating programme, but this could be prime time to to get our international dating programme fix. Did you know that there’s an Australian, Canadian and US version of the smash hit TV show? Go forth and broaden your continental binge TV horizons.
First Dates USA: Channel 4, watch here
Lord only knows we love a good baking show in this country, and Cake Walk should prove to be no exception. The wedding cake baking TV show sees groups of contestants paired in a competition to create the most vivid and bold wedding cakes known to humanity. And for an added bonus, Caroline Rhea of Sabrina The Teenage Witch fame hosts the programme.
Cake Walk: Amazon Prime, watch here
Celebs Go Dating
Eager to watch the likes of Outnumbered star Tyger Drew-Honey and Joey Essex try to find love through a celebrity dating agency? Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating is a matchmaker with a twist as a group of professional cupids attempt to match celebrities with the ideal B-List/plebeian match. Warning: it might make you cry.
Celebs Go Dating: Channel 4, watch here
Celebrity Big Brother
Remember the show that catalysed the reality show binge culture in the first place? Welcome back Big Brother, celebrity edition, for its twentieth series. With just a matter of days between the finale of Love Island and the show’s reboot, you can momentarily grit your teeth before the relief of the reality mothership dawns again on 1 August.
Celebrity Big Brother: Channel 5, watch here (from 1 August)