TV review by
Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media
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Speed dating goes into overdrive.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show trivializes dating. Girls and guys are often willing to play up their behavior or act in shocking ways to "win." Contestants are catty and dismissive of one another.


Heavy sexual innuendos, kissing. Both straight and gay dating scenarios are shown.


Lots of sex talk.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show is an unrealistic introduction to dating for young tweens and teens. Feelings and emotions are detached from this prefabricated dating game show. Sexual language and lewd connotations are peppered throughout. Contestants often use their physical assets to promote themselves and win a second date. Both heterosexual and homosexual dating situations are presented.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byladidanz April 9, 2008

What's Worse than Cheaters combined with Blind Date?

No wonder why parents don't want their children watching MTV. When Next has an entire bus full of young teens talking about their sexual history, showing t... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague May 13, 2010


Pointless and oh so boring.
Teen, 13 years old Written byXantheane November 4, 2009

Good Show

I watched this when I was in seventh grade, but my mom didn't exactly know, if she did know, she wouldn't have let me watch it. I like it though..
Teen, 13 years old Written byfilmfan232 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

NEXT brings dating to a whole new level. A main contestant is set up on five dates, all of whom are sitting on a bus together, awaiting their turn. The moment the main contestant wants to switch dates, she/he says \"Next,\" and one date is exchanged for another. Every minute they are kept on the date is worth $1. The \"point\" of the show is for the dater to ask the datee out for a second engagement. The winning contestant can decide to take the money or go out on a second date. Those who are dismissed get to keep the money.

Is it any good?

Setting aside for a moment the money paid out for dating, the message of forced pseudo-dates sets the stage for competition among young people. For example, the contestants waiting their turn on the bus talk negatively to each other and almost always gossip about the latest member of the stagecoach to attempt to win a second date. The date often consists of outings that require minimal clothing, from mud baths and surfing, to back waxing and surf lessons. Those competing not to hear the dreaded "next" will discuss almost anything -- sexual experiences, their physical attributes, their competition back on the bus -- to display their commitment to the stay in the game.

With a confusing, albeit silly premise, Next sends a bad message to teens about dating. It makes it seem that looks and the ability to act sexy matter most, and that getting to know someone can be done in a matter of minutes. Dating can be a controversial issue in many households, and parents might be concerned about an MTV game show serving as their kids' introduction to the dating scene. The set-up of Next may force mature topics onto kids who may only be starting to scratch the surface -- still passing notes about the boy they like in math class. If you allow your teen to watch, we recommend you watch with them so you can help them decode all the confusing messages the show sends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own rules and values around teen dating. Issues to discuss include: do you think this is an appropriate way to let someone know you are not interested in dating them? What are some alternative ways you can let someone down? Are these tactics something you might use to let a boy/girl know that you like/don't like them? Do you think the purpose of this show is to get a date or win cash?

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 4, 2005
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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