A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Satire is the name of the game here, not genuine emotion, but the show clearly makes fun of reality TV and the culture that surrounds it. The singles looking for love choose or reject each other on nonsensical reasons; a dad is roundly mocked for loving and mentioning his son too often.
Positive Role Models
Many of the show's characters are venal, vicious, shallow, and ridiculous; look elsewhere for realistic characters to emulate. This is just for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence over absurdities such as two men scuffling over whether one of the men's names is really a girl's name.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirting, some kissing, and plenty of innuendo, like when a woman pushes a man up against a wall to kiss him and then another man sandwiches the woman salaciously. We also see a bit of blurred nudity when one man decides to go to the bathroom near a campfire. Sexual innuendo includes a man saying he's slept with many of his cousins, and a man who says he's had sex with people who were unconscious.
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Bleeped cursing: "Oh f--k me!" exclaims a bachelorette when she sees a handsome man. There are also many veiled references to body parts, as when a bachelorette suggestively asks suitors to "hold her box" (while holding an actual box).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contestants frequently drink onscreen and some act drunk, slurring words, stumbling around. One contestant is ejected due to his drunkenness. A man discusses an emotional trauma while gulping down glasses of brown liquid.
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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.
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.
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