A Lot or a Little?
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Participants of both sexes seem to be in it to find someone to have sex with as quickly as possible -- the men just slightly more than the women.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-stop innuendo, banter, and iffy behavior. When dates go well, couples engage in onscreen make-out sessions, which sometimes get very passionate.
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Occasional sex talk, but usually more innuendo than outright cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Couples go on dates to various small (and mostly local) businesses.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Couples are encouraged to drink, as the alcohol inevitably lowers their inhibitions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this long-running dating show offers exaggerated and dangerous ideas of what adult relationships are like. Participants frequently display childish attitudes and ugly behavior. They also flirt and swap innuendos like mad, frequently engage in passionate make-out sessions (often fueled by alcohol), and generally act in ways that no parent would want their teens imitating.
Is It Any Good?
The producers of Blind Date are well aware of the fact that they're giving us junk television. It's obvious in the attitude of host Roger Lodge, whose habitually raised eyebrows and snarky introductions set the tone for a show that unabashedly celebrates media obsessed culture -- the contestants are often aspiring actors or musicians and are almost invariably surgically enhanced for maximum sexual attraction. The couples visit tanning salons, beaches, water slide parks, strip clubs: pretty much anywhere that allows one or both of them to remove some or all of their clothes (the better to display tanned/muscular/pneumatic bodies for home viewers to gawk at).
It's pathetically palpable that these people are simply aching to be on television, regardless of how humiliating the experience might be. Accordingly, they act in utterly narcissistic ways, ignoring each other to focus on their own needs and desires -- unless paying attention to the other will help them, you know, get some. For adults, Blind Date can be guilty-pleasure fun; we roll our eyes at the inanities we see on screen and know that that's not how things work in reality. But it's definitely not for impressionable kids.
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