Undressed (2017)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Social dating experiment has some nudity, mature themes.

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

Positive Messages

Spending time talking about values, etc., as well as physical attraction is important when meeting a potential mate. Sex is still important.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Participants are from all walks of life and genders. Some are more compatible than others. 


Lots of sexual innuendo, kissing, sensual touching. Folks undress, lie around in underwear; no nudity visible. 


Crude references and curses bleeped, including "s--t" and "f--k." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Undressed is a reality series that features people undressing and getting to know each other in more intimate conditions than the average date. There's no full nudity visible (people are mostly in their underwear), but there's lots of sexual innuendo. It highlights the importance of looking beyond the superficial in order to find a potential mate, but younger teens may not have the maturity to understand this message. Occasionally, personal stories are revealed about mental illness and other themes as part of this process, too. 

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What's the story?

UNDRESSED is a reality series where two strangers are paired together for 30 minutes before deciding if they want to date each other. The catch? They must do it without their clothes on. Each episodes features two 30-minute dates, during which time the strangers meet on a studio set that includes nothing but a bed and a video screen. After initial introductions, they are given instructions via the screen to strip each other down to their underwear. What follows are a series of exercises designed to help them determine if they are attracted to each other.  At the end of the 30 minutes, each must determine if they are interested in dating the other person. 

Is it any good?

This awkward social experiment underscores the idea that it's important to focus on more in-depth details about a person rather than rely on superficial dating apps and similar attempts at digital matchmaking. The vulnerable position that the participants are put in is intended to encourage them to be more genuine with each other during the process. 

Undressed is voyeuristic, and feels even more so when participants are asked to do more risqué things like silently flirting, kissing, and (sort of) simulating sexual activity. Nonetheless, it may give viewers old enough to handle it some food for thought when it comes to thinking about the kinds of things we should really be thinking about when looking for someone to love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it’s like to date in the digital age. Does the use of computers and apps make meeting people easier? What are some of the challenges? 

  • Is Undressed a successful social experiment? Do participants have a better experience with this process than with online dating?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 16, 2017
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: March 5, 2020

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