Parents' Guide to

Take Me Out

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Men compete for female attention on bawdy game show.

TV Fox Game Shows 2010
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Awful, smutty, and cringe-worthy, this is exactly the kind of fare that teenagers think is hilarious but adults despise. Yet it's difficult to articulate exactly why. The women are being treated with at least a modicum of respect, and everyone onstage seems to want to be there. In addition, no one seems to be taking the idea of romance seriously; there's no creepy pretending that the contestants are seriously searching for lasting love (we're looking at you, The Bachelor), and some contestants, both male and female, are genuinely charming.

And yet, all the stupid and witless sex jokes get old, fast. "Let the hot dog see his buns!" cries Lopez about a male contestant coming down the "love lift." Even Lopez seems a little embarrassed to be delivering that line. Watching male contestants dance (usually terribly) to win female approval is pretty amusing, but when host and contestants stop dancing and talk, things go so wrong. "I like a guy like I like a sports car: beauty outside and high performance inside," says one over-rehearsed contestant, with a phony wink and leer. Teens who haven't seen this kind of winky shtick on shows from The Dating Game to Exposed will likely find it funny. Parents will just be praying they don't see their own kids on the Take Me Out stage anytime soon.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 2, 2010
  • Cast: George Lopez
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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