The Singles Project

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Interactive dating show has mature themes, innuendo.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It offers a voyeuristic look at the New York City dating experience and the challenges it poses. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the cast members appear obnoxious and superficial. They are all looking for serious relationships. 

Violence

Parents raise concerns about staying safe when dating, but this is done in passing and is never really addressed. 

Sex

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. 

Language

Words such as "a--hole" and "f--k" are bleeped. Variations of the word "p---y" are audible. Rude gestures are blurred. 

Consumerism

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). 

What 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.

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What's the story?

THE SINGLES PROJECT is a reality series that allows viewers to participate in the dating life of a group of Manhattanites. Urban professionals Kerry, Lee, Ericka, Brian, Tabasum, and Joey all are looking for their perfect match. Cameras follow them as they navigate the dating scene. From getting connected via social media to having friends help them connect with potential dating candidates, each cast member does what he or she can to meet people and find love. Fans get involved by helping them pick out their outfits, sending dating feedback and advice, and even setting up dates with them via Twitter. From watching cast members have some fun encounters -- to watching them get jilted over the phone -- viewers get to see the experiences one date at a time.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dating. Why do people find it so difficult to meet folks they can build a romantic relationship with? What are some of the other challenges associated with dating? Does this series do a good job of showing what the dating world is really like? 

  • What are some of the benefits of using digital media to help navigate the dating scene? Some of the challenges? How can folks use the Internet safely while trying to meet people?

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For kids who love reality shows

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