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Dating competition is more snarky comedy than romance.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Men are judged on superficial criteria, like how they look, how much money they are willing to spend on women, etc.

Positive role models

Looks, money, and other superficial qualities are what seem to appeal to the women on the show.

Not applicable

Occasional scenes of making out and lap dancing. There are some references to sexual activities (some of which are bleeped).  Men are asked to take their shirts off; women are shown trying to pole dance.


Profanity is bleeped with mouths blurred.


The contestants' Jazzed.com profiles are featured as an important part of the decision-making process; the site's logo is also clearly visible. The host also appears in commercials for the service in-between show segments.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and champagne consumption is visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dating competition features women screening men according to superficial criteria in hopes of finding a date. Strong language and sexual references are bleeped (with mouths blurred), but the show still contains scenes of people making out with several people (in the same day), images of people trying to pole dance and perform lap dances, and men removing their shirts. Wine and champagne is frequently consumed. The series is a promotional vehicle for the Jazzed.com online dating site.

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What's the story?

EXCUSED is a reality competition show that features two women screening potential dates in hopes of finding love. Along with host and Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger, the women sit in the "Excuse House" and watch men pitch themselves to a security camera over the mansion's front door. After excusing the guys who fail to impress, the four remaining hopefuls enter the house and wait for the women to review their online profiles. After a second elimination, the women spend some one-on-one time with each man to see which one impresses them the most. The guy surviving the final elimination gets to choose which one of the women he wants to find romance with. But she gets the last word, and may excuse him before they get a chance to celebrate.

Is it any good?


The dating contest focuses more on comedy than romance thanks to Shlesinger's unique humor, and the men's varied (and often pathetic) attempts to impress the women who are screening them. Meanwhile, some of the women seem to enjoy flirting and get a potential date's attention only to be able to beat the other woman, rather than really looking for someone to build a relationship with.

It's milder than many dating competition shows, but still contains its fair share of sexual innuendo, strong language, and drinking. Shlesinger's comments are pretty snarky, too. But folks who enjoy this sort of thing may find it worth watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dating shows. Do you think appearing on a television dating competition can lead to a serious and/or lasting relationship? Do you think the way people behave on these shows is the same when the cameras are off?  What kinds of messages do shows like this send about dating and sexual behavior?

TV details

Premiere date:September 12, 2011
Cast:Iliza Shlesinger
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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