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Parents' Guide to

Date My Mom

By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Moms "sell" their daughters to drooling young men.

TV MTV Reality TV 2004
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Date My Mom

A complete waste of life, no doubt.

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So much for mothers telling their daughters how to behave on a first date. Rather, the girls coach their moms before letting them walk out the door for their date. Standard questions include, "What are you going to tell him about me, Mom?" and "Don't tell him I'm... high maintenance, have a big butt, don't have any boobs. or that I'm really smart." Other popular tips for mom include "Tell him that I ... have a nice butt, look like Jennifer Lopez, that I am pursuing my modeling career, have big boobs," or all of the above. More often than not, moms deliver these messages to the boy, who is all too happy to hear the dish.

Date My Mom is poorly staged and clearly coaches contestants to make sexual connotations or competitive, catty comments. As far as dating shows go, this would be one with the least amount of integrity, imagination, and authenticity. While this is MTV and meant to be tongue-and-cheek, the show is still disturbing, pathetic, and down right lame. Parents will be left wishing for the comparatively innocent days of The Dating Game, and kids will be left with a distorted image of the dating world and how far their mom will go to secure them a date.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 15, 2004
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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