A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The matchmaking and dating advice is sometimes helpful, but often focuses on looks and behavior instead of presenting an authentic self, and sends mixed messages about building healthy relationships. Also, the show plays up competition between women for a mate.
Positive Role Models
Matchmakers offer advice about how to think, dress, and behave in ways that will attract a mate. The men are respectful towards the women; the women aren't always respectful towards each other.
Violence & Scariness
The women are competing for men, and frequently engage in arguments that result in screaming, insult hurling, and throwing things. Competitions sometimes include boxing matches (protective gear is worn) and other events that can cause potential harm. The death of former mates is discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some strong innuendo. Flirting, hugging, and kissing is frequent. References to looking sexy and having sex are also common. The women are often shown in skimpy bikinis.
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Contains occasional bleeped language.
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Products & Purchases
Facebook is discussed. Books and other dating resources, including Tracy McMillan's book Why You're Not Married…Yet, and Kelleher International matchmaking services are visible. One bachelor is a member of the band, Plain White T's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails) is frequently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in dating competition show Ready For Love eligible bachelors choose mates from groups of women chosen and mentored by professional matchmakers. Teens may be drawn to some of the conversations about love, romantic dates, and other themes, but this show isn't really meant for them. It features lots of flirting, women in skimpy bikinis, passionate kissing, strong sexual innuendo, and intense arguments (with occasional bleeped cursing). Drinking is also visible. In-between all the drama, matchmakers offer their advice about how to best attract a mate, while promoting their books and businesses.
Is It Any Good?
Hosted by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Ready for Love boasts lots of flashing lights and dramatic stage gimmicks designed to appeal to live audiences. The conversations with the matchmakers, whose distinct matchmaking styles lead to different and often conflicting advice, also adds to the show's entertainment quality. But if you look beyond the fanfare, what you find are the typical trappings of a reality dating show, including lots of young, attractive, model-thin women who are competing for the love of a man they barely know, fantasy dates, and theatrical eliminations.
The women featured here are educated, professional, and don't necessarily define their self-worth by their ability to win the heart of the man they are vying for. But many of them appear desperate -- especially when they are arguing with each other or participating in challenges (like boxing matches) that pit them against other women in order to win some dating perks. As a result, healthy messages about self-esteem and personal relationships get lost in the fray.
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