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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series sends sexist messages about what women need to do in order to find a partner. But it does offer positive advice about dating, being confident, and acting appropriately both online and in real life.
Positive Role Models
Steven Ward wants to help, but he's arrogant about his abilities. Some of the cast members have serious self-esteem and body-image issues. Women insult Ward and other women behind their backs, and some act outrageously out of anger or a desire for attention.
Violence & Scariness
The cast occasionally argues, but the animosity is often geared toward Ward.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to having sex; also flirtatious touching and kissing. The women wear bikinis, thongs, fishnet stockings, and other provocative clothing. One cast member is a go-go dancer; another dated a married man for many years. Inappropriate online postings include pictures of cast members partially naked (although all nudity is blurred) and engaged in some sexually provocative behavior. Sexting is also discussed.
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Frequent use of words like "damn," "bitch," "douche bag," and "crap", as well as bleeped curses like "s--t," "f--k," and "d--k." Occasional lewd gestures are blurred.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking (hard liquor, wine, champagne). One cast person was previously arrested on a DUI and hasn't touched a drink since.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this matchmaking reality series spin-off mixes sexist messages about the rules that women should follow in the dating world with more positive messages about self-confidence and self-respect. Expect similar levels of catty behavior as in other reality shows, plus lots of strong language ("bitch, "crap," plus bleeped "f--k" and "s--t"), drinking, and sexual innuendo. The series also serves as a promotional vehicle for the featured matchmaker and his services.
Is It Any Good?
Ward, who proclaims himself to be these women's "beacon of hope" when it comes to fixing their dating life, manages to offer some positive advice about a woman's need to have self-respect and a willingness to respect others in order to be more appealing. He also points out the difference between being self-confident and being arrogant and the danger of putting inappropriate content online.
Unfortunately, some of these lessons confuse being empowered in the dating world with adherence to sexist standards for the way that women should behave in society. Ward's shameless self-promotion makes his advice a little hard to take seriously, too. Some folks may find something helpful here, but ultimately it's a series that mostly offers lots of typical reality show drama.
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