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Parents' Guide to

Disaster Date

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lame dating show isn't a total disaster ... but it's close.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Surpisingly Good and Currently Casting

Was pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a show! Definitely a must-see for the tween crowd. It debunks the whole Hollywood ideal of glamorous and romantic dating that so many youngsters (especially girls) get caught up in. Plus, LA area teenagers at least 18 years of age can apply to appear on Season 2 at www.disasterdatecasting.com. Worth checking out.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 28, 2009
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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