The BEST episodes of First Dates

Every episode of First Dates ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of First Dates!

Every week First Dates follows a range of couples going on a blind date. From the moment they first lay eyes on each other to their parting glance, we’ll be capturing every magic moment in their quest for a compatible match. We’re keeping everything crossed for love to blossom on camera.

Last Updated: 7/3/2024Network: Channel 4Status: Continuing
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Episode 1
star
8.11
9 votes

#1 - Episode 1

Season 21 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/2/2024

No-nonsense Mercedes worries that her date, gamer Greg, won't be able to handle her secret. Fifty-three-year-old jetsetter Georgina has endured many a heartbreak, but still craves fun and excitement; hopefully part-time DJ Steve is the man to provide a romantic soundtrack to her life. Having endured a very public on-screen divorce, Lauren from reality series The Real Housewives of Cheshire, seeks something a bit more real. Trainee teacher Ashley has been doing his homework when it comes to love and has a long list of requirements for a potential suitor.

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Episode 5
star
8.08
26 votes

#2 - Episode 5

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/2/2018

Pop singer Ben, who was a smash hit in the 1980s, meets Sarah, who used to have his poster above her bed. And will student James's unconventional party trick impress Emilie?

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star
8.06
16 votes

#3 - Episode 8

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/17/2018

Helicopter pilot Paul, who's also a cross-dresser, embarks on his first ever date dressed in women's clothing. Sexy geeks Hannah and Dan bond over everything from video games to school insecurities.

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star
8.04
27 votes

#4 - The Proposal

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/17/2015

Three daters return to the restaurant hoping to pull a cracker in time for Christmas, while some couples who had more luck first time round return too. And one of them gets down on one knee...

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Episode 3
star
8.00
6 votes

#5 - Episode 3

Season 21 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/23/2024

Barrister Sarah meets Dan, an ex-military man guilty of too many dad jokes. And Mancunian besties Megan and Ellena are out on a double date hoping to have their trust in men restored.

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Episode 2
star
8.00
10 votes

#6 - Episode 2

Season 21 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/16/2024

Mum and son Andrea and Stephan are double-dating: Andrea is looking for a debonair, cultured and passionate man, while Stephan is mainly hoping that his mum won't embarrass him. Seventy-year-old Diane refuses to let age get in the way of love and meets retired trucker and part-time crooner 'Neil the Wheel'. Bagpipe instructor Adam hopes that fellow Scot Conor can bring back his excitement for dating.

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Episode 4
star
7.96
23 votes

#7 - Episode 4

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/25/2018

Dental nurse Jade hopes to get her teeth into a tall alpha male. She meets strapping, handsome tree surgeon Tom. And female sumo wrestler Sharran meets ex-bingo-caller David.

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star
7.95
42 votes

#8 - Celebrity Special for SU2C

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/12/2015

In this special episode in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, some of the daters discover that they've been matched with celebrity singletons. Daters are matched with single celebrities Jamie Laing, Anthea Turner and Alexandra Burke.

Episode 5
star
7.93
28 votes

#9 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/1/2015

Will historical re-enactor Rory's knowledge of Viking beards impress cross-stitcher Maddie? And can fireman Rich be beautician Steph's knight in shining armour?

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7.91
34 votes

#10 - Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/22/2015

More singletons meet up for a blind date, including former boarding school pupil Hugo from last week, who is back for a second shot at love. Trainee opera singer Olympia takes centre stage for his encore performance - but will she hit all the right notes to win him over? Other hopefuls include ex-Playboy bunny Jacqui, who is paired up with ex-stripper Ricky, and sensitive soul Steven, who is hoping to find someone who will get along with the most important lady in his life - his nan. Will keen knitter Anna fit the bill?

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Episode 3
star
7.91
11 votes

#11 - Episode 3

Season 14 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/5/2020

Anthony is 31 and has a wild past. He meets Lawrence, who's never been in love and feels his 'dating river has run dry'. Bev meets Howard, a former bank manager with a famous face.

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star
7.90
39 votes

#12 - Episode 7

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/15/2015

Twin sisters visit the restaurant, each looking for their Prince Charming - but while Francesca appears to be smitten by former boarding school pupil Hugo, Claudia has been hurt too many times before, and her guard is up with rapper Marcus. Maths teacher and human calculator Ian is looking for someone to help him get over his awkwardness, and hopes radiographer Rachel will be the one, while firefighter Marc meets Marilyn Monroe lookalike Elle - will it be a case of some like it hot? Do gentlemen definitely prefer blondes? Or will they turn out to be misfits?

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Episode 9
star
7.88
48 votes

#13 - Episode 9

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/13/2017

Nicky, 44, is reaching for the stars when it comes to finding her perfect partner. This astronaut in training is looking for a man who is out of this world. Her date is Daniel, a well-travelled motoring journalist. He lives life in the fast lane but wants to find a lady to join him on his world adventures. Will the stars collide on their first date? Next is 58-year-old road sweeper Bruce, who isn't prepared to hang up his dating shoes just yet. He wants a lady to share his evenings with and to just love him for him. Bruce's date is mother of two Yvonne. After years of being single, she's ready to put herself first and to find that one true love to keep her company into her twilight years. And 24-year-old professional dog walker Milo is looking for a woman who can keep up with him. His date is straight-talking charity worker and fellow Londoner Angelica, who works with animals all day but wants someone to cuddle up to at night.

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Episode 7
star
7.86
28 votes

#14 - Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/15/2015

Mula, who was stood up on her last date, is hoping Round 2 will be better. Her blind date is another returner, funny man AJ, who compares women to a bucket of KFC.

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Episode 6
star
7.83
24 votes

#15 - Episode 6

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/3/2018

Chrissie and Jonny have one of First Dates' most sexually charged dates ever. Meanwhile, Rodney, who's 45 and has never had a girlfriend, meets Mandy, but they don't have flirting down to a fine art.

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star
7.82
28 votes

#16 - Episode 15

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/10/2015

Can executive PA Victoria mend sales manager Scott's broken heart, following the break-up of his eight-year relationship? And when stunning Sasha is stood up, waiter Sam comes to the rescue.

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star
7.82
44 votes

#17 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/15/2016

Friday night is date night in 2016 as more hopeful singletons visit the First Dates restaurant for the new series. Will vet Simon see past lawyer Arunima's wheelchair?

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Episode 14
star
7.79
72 votes

#18 - Episode 14

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/21/2016

Danielle is 18 and tired of boys asking to take her for a drive. Is Tom what she's looking for? Colin was born with a birth defect that resulted in a missing leg. He meets bubbly phlebotomist Tracey.

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Episode 4
star
7.78
46 votes

#19 - Episode 4

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/9/2017

Alasdair and Lee bond over their love of the pop parade. Stu lost his sight 13 years ago; he hopes to meet a feisty redhead. Wrestler Lewis returns to the restaurant, for a date with barista Lauren.

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Episode 9
star
7.74
35 votes

#20 - Episode 9

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/29/2015

Joe used to be a model and is often compared to James Bond. His date, Nicole, is used to men dropping at her feet. Has Joe met his Bond girl?

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Episode 7
star
7.74
23 votes

#21 - Episode 7

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/17/2018

Kit has been single for 37 years. He wants to meet a man who shares his passion for the royal family. And will James from Hertfordshire get the seal of approval from Kate Middleton lookalike Jodie?

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star
7.74
38 votes

#22 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/24/2015

Memories of childhood bullies have knocked Zoe's confidence. Can former ballroom dancer David, who describes himself as 'The Don of the Friendzone', sweep Zoe off her feet?

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Episode 4
star
7.71
21 votes

#23 - Episode 4

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/19/2018

Diamond grader Sachen and financial lawyer Priya discover that they've met before. Make-up artist and model Danni meets bar manager Aiden, the tallest man to ever enter the First Dates restaurant.

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star
7.71
21 votes

#24 - Episode 7

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/10/2018

Ruth wants to find a man who can keep up with her in her saucy seventies. Meanwhile, TJ, who's been told that he looks like Johnny Depp, turns up for his date after a few daytime drinks.

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Episode 9
star
7.70
20 votes

#25 - Episode 9

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/31/2018

How does New Yorker Bryan react when art dealer Simon says his ideal man would have a more toned physique? Max and Esther bond over a shared love of words. And is Ben the nice guy Leora's looking for?

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