Singled Out

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bawdy but more inclusive dating show reboot has sexy talk.

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

Positive Messages

The speed dating process is chaotic, fast, and at times, silly. The questions posed to potential dates are flirtatious and superficial. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The daters and their potential picks come from all walks of life. 

Violence

Flirtatious discussions about jumping people or acting wild. 

Sex

Very strong sexual innuendo, including comments about people's sexy looks, body parts, and sexual encounters. Lots of flirting takes place, too.  

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible, but stronger language is muted. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References are made to meeting at bars and drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Singled Out is a contemporary reboot of the popular MTV dating game show. It has lots of strong sexual innuendo, ranging from flirty conversations to comments about people's genitalia and sex acts. Some of the language is strong ("bitch"), but curse words are muted. There's no alcohol shown, but references are made to bars and drinking. The people featured on the show are from all walks of life. Despite the mature content, there's a surprisingly positive, accepting vibe to this updated version of a guilty-pleasure classic. 

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What's the story?

SINGLED OUT is a competition series where people go on high-speed dates in hopes of finding love. Hosted by Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster, each episode features a dater who goes on 30 blind speed dates with people they connected with on social media. After the first round, all but three individuals are eliminated. Those three must then participate in two more rounds, one of which includes a challenge of some sort. Throughout it all, the dater cannot see them. In the end, the person that the dater wants to go out with is "singled out." 

Is it any good?

This risqué series features folks from all walks of life attempting to choose people to date that they believe will be compatible with them. But while Singled Out is a game show, the show is less about winning and more about the humorous, adult-oriented, innuendo-filled banter between contestants, which ranges from light and flirtatious to bawdy. But the overall spirit of the show is positive, and even those who are rejected are encouraged to be kind and loving. It's not meant for kids, but grown-ups who like this sort of entertainment will enjoy tuning in. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way people behave on dating shows. It's common for people on shows like Singled Out to be very flirtatious. But when does it go to far? Do you think people would really be so flirtatious if they weren't in front of a camera?

  • How do people show attraction to each other respectfully? What does a healthy relationship look like to you? What things should people never share online?

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