What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burning Love is a parody of dating shows like The Bachelor, and it's just as suggestive as what it mocks. Women on the show wear brief, bare outfits and there's a lot of discussion about contestants' looks. There's a good deal of flirting, kissing, and many sexual situations, like when a woman pins a man up against a wall and kisses him wetly while another man writhes against her from behind. Sexual innuendo is also frequent. Cast members drink constantly and sometimes act drunk, slurring words and bursting into tears. Viewers also see occasional blurred nudity, as when a man squats to use the bathroom in front of a crowd. There are bleeped curses on every episode, and unbleeped ones too: "I'm not into making gay s--t," a male contestant says when a female one asks him to make a puppet.
What's the story?
Even if you've never watched dating shows like The Bachelor, BURNING LOVE's delirious takeoff of televised dating games will likely strike your funnybone. On the first season, virile hunky fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) looks for love from a cast of female contestants; on the second, Julie Grisselwhite (June Diane Raphael) does the same with a bunch of gents. On each episode, contestants go on ridiculous dates such as making puppets and putting on a puppet show, guzzle booze, participate in one-on-one interviews with avuncular host Chris Harrison (Michael Ian Black), and hope that they'll make the cut and stick around next week.
Is it any good?
If you've watched Party Down, Wet Hot American Summer, The State, Veronica Mars or Children's Hospital, you will recognize many familiar faces on this absolutely hysterical series. The Burning Love cast apparently likes to work with the same people over and over and we're the happy beneficiaries who get to see much-beloved comedic actors like Paul Rudd, Adam Scott and Martin Starr working together again.
The subject being parodied -- televised dating competitions -- are ripe for mockery, and the Burning Love cast finds it, from hilariously dead-on contestant interviews with candles burning in the background to rejection ceremonies in which a woman kisses a South Asian man and says in surprise "You kiss normal! That's nice!" If you're not laughing at the many absurdities delivered by some of the funniest people alive, you must be either dead, or asleep. As for teens, if they enjoy poking fun at reality TV and can handle the edgy stuff, they'll find just as many laughs as parents.
Families can talk about...
Have you seen any of the shows that Burning Love is parodying, such as The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? Must you have watched these shows to appreciate Burning Love?
Watch The Bachelor and then watch Burning Love. How closely does Burning Love parody various aspects of The Bachelor, such as the candles burning during one-on-one interviews?
Why are dating shows so popular on television? Why do viewers enjoy watching singles find potential matches? What about this concept is appealing or interesting to viewers? Would it be as interesting if the contestants were unattractive?