A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The dating show focuses on finding love rather than just having sex.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are quietly competitive and disappointed when they are rejected, but they're mostly polite and upbeat.
Contestants early on are heteronormative, conventionally attractive, and appear to be in their 20s and early 30s. Various racial/ethnic communities are represented; singles are White, Black, Asian, and Latino.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance and love are main themes. Some innuendo, including cheesy lines, flirtations, and hugging and kissing.
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Products & Purchases
It's an obvious promotional vehicle for Princess Cruise Lines, which is also a sponsor of the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Folks are shown drinking champagne and cocktails during dates, dinners, and leisure time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Real Love Boat, which is inspired by the popular 1970s scripted hit The Love Boat, is an unscripted dating series that focuses on finding love and, if successful, being rewarded with cash and a cruise vacation. There's some flirting and kissing, and social drinking during meetups and meals is visible. The overall series is a promotional vehicle for Princess Cruise Lines, and its logo is visible throughout each episode.
Is It Any Good?
The campy dating series features lots of awkward scenes and romantic moments as singles get to know each other and make decisions about who they want to date. Despite lots of skin-revealing bathing suits, flirting, and a few cheesy one-liners, The Real Love Boat's main focus is about finding love rather than steamy sexual hookups. Meanwhile, catty behavior is kept to a minimum as contestants do their best to be polite and upbeat throughout the process. Folks who enjoy more provocative unscripted dating shows may find The Real Love Boat lacking, but those who prefer a milder voyeuristic coupling experience may find it worth checking out.
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