A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Men don't come off too well in this show, underscoring the idea that men are generally sexist and shallow.
Positive Role Models
Daters come from all walks of life. Some of them appear earnest in their intentions to find someone to build a long-term relationship with; others simply want to have fun. Many men appear sexist in their attitudes toward women.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally men slap women on their bottoms during dates; this is unsolicited behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some men use online dating as a way to find sexual connections. Expect frequent sexual references, as well as crude references about women and people's genitals. Occasionally men inappropriately touch women during dates. Date conversations include stories about strippers, pimps, and other people.
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"Hell," "crap," and "ass" are audible; curses such as "s--t" are bleeped. The term "wanker" is used.
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Products & Purchases
There are references to online dating sites such as Tinder, Match.com, and OkCupid, but no dating service is prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, cocktails) is visible during dates; sometimes folks get drunk. Profile pictures sometimes show people drinking or acting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Online Dating Rituals of the American Male includes lots of adult conversations about dating and women, some of which can be sexist and crude. There are lots of references to having sex, as well as some strong language ("hell," "crap," "ass," with curses bleeped). People drink during dates and sometimes get a little drunk. Guys sometimes touch their dates inappropriately (such as grabbing or slapping a woman's butt).
Is It Any Good?
From playful online banter that sends sparks flying to face-to-face dates that go horribly wrong, Online Dating Rituals of the American Male highlights the ups and downs of online dating, from meeting people who look nothing like their profile pictures to getting rejected before even meeting a date. But the show's focus is mostly on how men navigate the online dating world and the thoughts they have about who they're looking for -- and why.
There are a few romantic moments, but most of the dates range from being uncomfortable to almost painful to watch. Adding to this are some of the men's crude descriptions of the women they look at online and meet in person. But there are some humorous moments, especially when the men reflect on some of their more miserable dates -- sometimes while they're still on them. You may not get a lot of good dating tips here, but you'll definitely find some voyeuristic entertainment.
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