Reality TV shows are kind of like guys — you can't live with them, but you definitely can't live without them! They're absolutely addicting and the perfect mental escape after a long day at the office. Believe it or not, they can even be educational and comforting too, particularly when you can relate to what the "characters" are going through on screen. So whether you're currently falling head over heels or weathering a marital storm, here are four shows to tune into for every stage of the relationship.
The Falling in Love Stage: Are You The One?
*With experts scientifically matching 10 lucky guys and 11 girls (one guy has two matches), this MTV show is a train wreck you can't take your eyes off of, as the couples try and fail, then try again, to figure out who their perfect match is. So basically it's like real life in that you have to kiss a lot of frogs to get to your prince, except with a whole lot of booze and random challenges involved. But guess what? Last season a couple from the show got engaged and are currently have a little bundle of joy on the way! *
__The Meet the Parents Stage: 90 Day Fiancé __
Okay, so maybe you didn't exactly meet the love of your life abroad or on an international dating website and now only have 90 days to tie the knot, but you probably can relate to the fact that meeting each other's families brings a whole new dynamic into the relationship. And no, it isn't always pretty. From his parents' not-so-secret disapproval to his sister-in-law questioning the validity of the entire thing, meeting the parents can be tough to say the least. Of course, there's a ton of love and good times involved too. And boy does it feel good when you finally win them over.
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The Engaged Stage: Say Yes To The Dress
Okay, so maybe Say Yes To The Dress isn't the most accurate depiction of what wedding dress shopping is really like, but we must admit... It comes pretty darn close. Plus, what girl doesn't love looking at the gorgeous dresses the brides-to-be try on-screen? Get ready for a whole lot of opinions and headaches if you bring a big crew with you shopping!
__The Marital Conflict Stage: True Tori and Kendra On Top __
At one point or another, every couple will experience a rough patch in their relationship. They don't call marriage work for nothing, right? Both True Tori and Kendra On Top chronicle the very public cheating scandals both women went through and how they're trying to get their marriages back on track — or if it's even possible. The take away here? Every relationship has hiccups and both people often bring childhood baggage into it that they don't realize they have until things blow up in their face. Therapy though? That's always a great thing, and we love that Tori and Kendra utilize this option.