Making Mr. Right

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Matchmaking reality sends confusing messages about dating.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's premise is based on women being dishonest with men in order to find out if the women want to date them. It feels manipulative and sends mixed messages about how to treat potential suitors.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Beyer may be a matchmaking expert, but the other women pose as matchmakers and behave dishonestly to learn more about the men.

Violence

Mild arguments break out between the women.

Sex

The show focuses on dating. Subtle references to sex, but crude and/or lewd behavior is not viewed as positive. Boxes of condoms are visible in an early episode.

Language

Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking (wine, beer, cocktails, etc.).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Making Mr. Right is a reality dating series that features lots of conversations about love and romance, and how to find it. While it's milder than many reality dating series, it still contains some sexual references (including boxes of condoms), some strong bleeped language, and occasional arguments. The premise of the series is based on women being dishonest with men in order to find a love match.

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What's the story?

MAKING MR. RIGHT is a reality series that details what goes into finding the perfect love match, while following three single women on their own personal matchmaking journey. Show host and expert matchmaker April Beyer guides Brittany Skipper, Lindsay Marissa, and Rachel Seeker as they pose as matchmakers and monitor a group of bachelors who are looking to make romantic connections. While the men go through a variety of exercises to figure out why they are still single, the three women watch them with the help of hidden cameras and other devices in order to learn more about them. As they guide the men towards becoming better daters, the women also evaluate their own relationship needs and expectations, and think about who in the group might be molded into a potential match for themselves. At the end of the series, the truth about the women will be revealed, and some will find romance of their own.

Is it any good?

Making Mr. Right mixes advice and awkward dating scenes with reality drama as the fake matchmakers help these men find potential love matches while building a pool of eligible bachelors for themselves. As tensions begin building between the cast as a result, you can't help but wonder if you should be feeling happy for these men, or be disturbed by the fact that they are putting their faith in trust in women who aren't being honest with them.

Some folks may find Making Mr. Right entertaining, while others may find some of what they see here useful when pursuing their own love lives. But the overall show feels more like a voyeuristic guilty pleasure than anything really helpful. It also offers a rather convoluted portrayal of what matchmaking is really about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about professional matchmaking. Does this show realistically portray what professional matchmaking is really like?

  • How does the media portray dating and relationships? Does the media create unrealistic representations of how people should look and behave in order to meet someone special?

  • How would this show be different if it was the men being dishonest with the women about their intentions?

TV details

For kids who love reality shows

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