A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Finding a positive relationship, falling in love, and wanting to get married are all presented as something that can happen quickly and on a TV show. Patriarchal gender roles are subtly reinforced.
Positive Role Models
Proposers and contestants are from a range of racial/ethnic backgrounds, and have different interests. Some have disabilities, many are educated, but no one really treats each other with respect here.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally people discuss things like car accidents, serious injuries, and other events.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo, but it's not too salacious or crude.
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Words like "ass" sometimes used.
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Products & Purchases
Neil Lane Jewelry is prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Sometimes going out for a drink is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Proposal is a matchmaking game show that has a lot of confusing messages about finding love. There's some sexual talk and joking, but attempts are made to keep it respectful (but not always classy). Words like "ass" are audible at times, and sometimes people's backgrounds include serious subjects. Traditional gender roles are reinforced on this show, and its weird approach to finding a partner is more grotesque than fun to watch.
Is It Any Good?
This awkward matchmaking competition feels like a pageant with no real winners. It shows men and women displaying themselves and their personalities in front of a unidentified stranger for the first time in hopes of getting engaged when the episode is over. It attempts to frame the whirlwind events in a positive way by characterizing their willingness to participate in the process as honest and courageous. It also sends mixed messages, including highlighting the importance of getting to know someone's inner-self, while requiring contestants, most of whom do not look or dress like models or athletes, to participate in a bathing suit round to be judged on physical appearance.
It's hard not to cringe as contestants stand in front of a person hidden from view (and a national audience) in partial dress, answering questions, and briefly offering personal details about themselves. Also troubling is the fact that despite the show's non-traditional, almost carnivalesque approach to making a love match, the response to contestants who don't favor more traditional gender roles in a relationship isn't very supportive. Overall, The Proposal is a pretty dysfunctional viewing experience filled with baffling ideas about finding a soulmate.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.