The Millionaire Matchmaker

 
Voyeuristic docu sends mixed messages about love.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stanger promotes her service as a way to find real love, but the show sends the message that money can buy it.

Positive role models

The Millionaire's Club is a an elite service for wealthy men, many of whom are immature and/or have extremely sexist ideas about women. The women are interested in finding men who can offer money as well as a relationship. Stanger can be brutally direct about her clients' perceived flaws. She often insults the potential dates during screenings.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Plenty of innuendo, including strong references to sexual activity. Women are expected to dress "sexy" for prospective dates and when attending matchmaking events (though actually having sex during matchmaking dates is a no-no). Frequent discussions about women's breasts and backsides. On one occasion, a man's penis is referred to as a "ding dong danger."

Language

Audible language includes words like "ass" stronger terms are bleeped. Occasional use of Spanish curse words (like "cojones").

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent consumption of alcohol (wine, beer, mixed drinks), though Stanger's rules say two drinks is the max on a date. Stanger claims that her service offers a high that's better than any drug.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this voyeuristic matchmaking reality series offers mixed and sometimes troubling messages about using money and material wealth to find love. It also introduces some sexist attitudes about women and dating, and there's some drinking and strong sexual innuendo (including various references to sexual activity and male genitalia).

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What's the story?

THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER follows third-generation matchmaker Patti Stanger, who runs The Millionaire's Club -- an elite dating service for men who are successful at making money but unsuccessful at finding true love. With the help of Stanger and her staff, wealthy men are introduced to carefully screened women who are anxious to connect with them. For their $10,000 fee, Stanger's clients also receive dating tips, home decorating instructions, and some tough advice from Stanger, who thinks it's her obligation to help them understand why they can't seem to find the right woman.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The series sends mixed messages about buying love and highlights some sexist ideas about women. Some of men are looking for women who will satisfy them in the bedroom and the kitchen and still manage to raise their children. Others seem to think that they can order women like they can a fancy car. Meanwhile, the women anxiously attend open-calls and VIP cocktail events in hopes that they'll catch the eye of a rich man who might just be willing to treat them to helicopter rides, yacht cruises, and cocktails at vineyard castles. True love indeed.

While Millionaire Matchmaker offers an uncomfortable view of what some people will go through to get a date, watching the matchmaking process is an oddly fascinating and voyeuristic experience that some adults and older teens may find entertaining. But its strong sexual innuendo and sexist subtexts make it iffy for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays dating and relationships. Does the media create unrealistic representations of how people are supposed to look, feel, and act in order to meet someone special?

  • Families can also discuss professional matchmaking. How many people have success using matchmakers or dating services? Do online matchmaking sites really work? Did you know that some cultures still rely primarily on matchmakers to bring couples together?

TV details

Cast:Patti Stanger
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Kid, 12 years old January 4, 2011
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Great show, Gays and all. :D

I love this show, my Mom and I watch it all the time. I think the Gays that are featured on the show are awesome. btw steve 1900 How exactly could you fire Patti? XD
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