A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers a voyeuristic look at the New York City dating experience and the challenges it poses.
Positive Role Models
Some of the cast members appear obnoxious and superficial. They are all looking for serious relationships.
Violence & Scariness
Parents raise concerns about staying safe when dating, but this is done in passing and is never really addressed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirtatious behavior and sexual references, including talk about genitals and having sex. Suggestive images are visible online, but crude and nude images are blurred.
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Words such as "a--hole" and "f--k" are bleeped. Variations of the word "p---y" are audible. Rude gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Twitter is a major component of the show, as are dating sites such as Tinder and social apps such as Instagram. Apple computers are visible. BlackBerrys and iPhones are visible, but the logos are not obvious. Cast members occasionally name their businesses on camera.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of social drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, mixed drinks).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Singles Project is an interactive dating reality show that encourages viewer participation via Twitter. There's lots of sexual innuendo, some strong language (most of which is bleeped), and social drinking. Dating sites such as Tinder and social apps such as Instagram also are referenced. Younger teens may find it entertaining, but it's really meant for adults.
Is It Any Good?
This show is touted as the first real-time dating show in the United States, and each episode is filmed a few days before it airs, which offers (in theory) a more genuine true-life experience. However, the fact that these folks are willingly exposing their dating lives on national television still makes it feel a bit contrived, especially when they ask viewers to send them tweets or go to the show's website in between scenes.
It's certainly voyeuristic, but it also offers some interesting insight about why dating can be so awkward and difficult, which includes finding people to interact with in person instead of digitally and trying to find a mate after choosing to spend one's younger years focusing on building a career. If you like this sort of reality fare, you'll find it entertaining. But, for those interested in knowing what the dating world can be like, it isn't for the faint of heart.
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