Parents' Guide to

Confessions of a Matchmaker

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Love guru's harsh dating advice masks soft heart.

TV A&E Reality TV 2007
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Patti doesn't hesitate to name a person's flaws -- in both looks and personality -- right to his or her face. For example, Patti tells a 51-year-old barber that he needs to lose some of his nearly 350 pounds and improve his table manners. Though her advice initially seems harsh, she's tapped into the problems that have kept him unhappy in the past: low self-esteem, food addiction, and not understanding what many women find attractive. When he tells Patti that he's looking for a slender woman, she jumps down his throat, accusing him of double standards and making him think twice about his attitude. Despite her critical stance, Patti has an underlying warmth and passion that's appealing -- it's obvious that she really likes helping people find love.

With plenty of drinking and salty language, as well as generally mature relationship-oriented themes, this show is meant for adults. Teens can probably handle most of the material, but the series' more real-life approach to dating might not appeal to their Blind Date-hardened perspectives.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 16, 2007
  • Cast: Patti Novak
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: March 1, 2022

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