The Hook Up

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Iffy dating game show features embarrassing online content.

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Positive Messages

It's a dating show, so folks are judged by their appearances, their answers to certain questions, and their sense (or lack thereof) of what's appropriate to share online. Sexist references about men and women are common.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Online videos feature silly stunts like getting shot with a stun gun.


Sexy pictures of women in revealing outfits and men in thongs visible; videos sometimes feature folks engaged in some lewd behavior. Kissing (opposite- and same-sex) visible. There's some innuendo, too.


Words like "ass" and "hell" audible. Occasional curses bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to going to bars and getting drunk are common. Online pictures show folks drinking and leaning over a toilet getting sick.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Hook Up features examples of silly, iffy, and inappropriate content people post online within the context of a dating show. It's lighthearted, but it reminds folks that what you post online can affect your reputation and be used against you. Featured social media posts and online profiles contain images of folks drinking and getting sick, wearing thongs, and engaging in some lewd behavior. Some mildly violent behavior (like someone getting tasered) is visible, too. Words like "hell" and "ass" are audible, and curses are bleeped. Teens will be drawn to it, but the content is edgy enough to make it an iffy choice for tweens.

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What's the story?

Hosted by Guy Code's Andrew Schulz, THE HOOK UP is a game show that features singles sifting through social media and other online content to find the perfect date. During the course of three rounds, a man or woman gets to ask potential dates questions about who they are and what they like. They also get to review their social-media and dating profiles. After each round, the single person eliminates one of the potential dates. At the end of the game, the last date remaining gets to hook up with the single person but not before reviewing his or her online stuff to determine if s/he is someone worth going out with.

Is it any good?

The Hook Up is a modern version of The Dating Game and uses people's self-posted online media content as a way to learn more about the contestants. It also showcases some of the silly and inappropriate content people inexplicably post online.

Teens might be drawn to the dating banter and may even find some of the social media content featured here funny. But, in the end, this show underscores the fact that what you choose to put online communicates something about who you are.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social media. What kinds of things should we think twice about before posting them online? What are some of the consequences that can result from putting private or inappropriate things online? What are some of the ways we can use social media responsibly?

  • Why do people go on dating shows? Are folks who go on these shows honest about who they are? Do shows like this one promote stereotypes about men and women? Do you think people who connect on a TV show end up having lasting relationships?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 14, 2013
  • Cast: Andrew Schulz
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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