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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the mood/tone is pretty light, the show reinforces the idea of revenge and promotes pranking as a problem-solving method, which could give kids the wrong idea.
Positive Role Models
Nobody here has truly terrible intentions, but the actors, producers, and participants, in general, engage in deceitful (and otherwise iffy) behavior to score laughs at victims' expense.
Violence & Scariness
In some cases, actors get into shouting matches with their dates or other actors who are in on the joke.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Actors occasionally bring up sexually charged topics to get a rise out of their victims. In one episode, for example, a date asks the victim whether she has any STDs and uses the word "vagina."
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Some bleeped language ("f--k" and "s--t"), plus audible terms like "bitch," "ass," and "balls," but it isn't constant.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most dates involve dinner and/or drinks, but the outings aren't long enough for anyone to get tipsy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hidden-camera show sends a subtle message that lying is OK when it's funny, which could be easily misinterpreted by younger children. There's also some bleeped language (including "s--t" and "f--k") and iffy audibles like "balls" and "vagina," in addition to characters who drink alcohol to break the ice in awkward social situations. The phrase "payback's a bitch!" is a common refrain.
Is It Any Good?
Most things that happen on Disaster Date aren't really all that shocking -- so, by extension, it's really not all that funny. In fact, the only people who seem genuinely entertained by the hoopla are the people who are making the victims' experiences increasingly uncomfortable. Some actors are better than others, but in most cases, it seems obvious (to viewers, at least) that the victim is on a blind date with a paid performer.
Still, the victims seem genuinely blinded by their dating disasters: In one episode, all three managed to hang in there for the required 60 minutes and probably would have stuck around longer had the actors not broken the news that it was all one, big (lame) joke. But the lamest part of all has to be the $60 "prize" ... which, even in tough times, sounds like a pittance.
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