Will You Accept This Rose?

This is the 5th post in my Reality Television series at rehaleyty.wordpress.com

the dating game

The Dating Game

This has been the most requested post since my classmates had heard about my blog topic. It is widely known that my love for reality dating shows far outlasts most of the relationships that have been formed on these shows.

The genre started in the mid-60s with The Dating Game. This show gave single men and women the opportunity to meet their match. One person would ask a handful of suitors that they can’t see a bunch of questions to then select someone for a date. The show was a huge success, lasted into the 80s, and spawned a number of reality dating shows

Jimmy Kimmel and Chris Soules from this season of The Bachelor

The current Bachelor showering with not one of his Bachelorettes

In the late 90s and early 2000s, this genre really boomed, with the introduction ofTemptation Island, the Fifth Wheel, and of course anyone who follows me on twitter knows my favourite, The Bachelor.

The Bachelor first aired in 2002, with Alex Michel acting as the inaugural, titular Bachelor. The season didn’t end in a proposal, like we’ve come to be accustomed to, but a star was born. I mean like, the show, I don’t know if we’ve heard from Al since. The Bachelor spurred a number its own spin-off shows such as The Bachelorette,  Bachelor in Paradise, and Bachelor Pad.

Not Harry

Not Harry

This genre of television is known as the trashiest of the trashy, mostly thanks due to wonderful shows like Mr. Personality, A Double Shot at Love, and one of my favourites as of late, the cancelled-way-too-early I Wanna Marry Harry.

Regardless of what you think about reality dating shows, and the validity of the relationships they create, it’s an incredibly fun genre that will definitely make you feel better about your own life choices.


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