Long before there were captivating dating shows like Are You The One? If you are not familiar with the brilliant program, allow me to break it down: As you might’ve gleaned from the name of the Roger Lodge-hosted show, people go on blind dates. Why am I typing words about this now-defunct reality show today? I've chosen a few that are truly worth a revisit (or a first visit)/worth carving out a chunk of your day for: This is, as Roger Lodge warns before the footage begins, a Date from Hell. I am as obsessed by these clips as Mark is obsessed by reptiles.The format is simple: Two strangers are set up and sent off on a blind date. Producers add captions, thought bubbles, and animated jokes to the final cut. One highlight: After propositioning Christine, Steven calls his date "pretty dumb."As terrific as videos these videos are, they're just the tip of the iceberg. The actual show plays a bit like a miracle-of-birth version of “The Blair Witch Project”—and when a show’s suspense is generated from viewers wondering if a mother and her newborn are going to die, you’ve got to wonder how this ever got a green light.—James Hibberd The concept: Catch suspected relationship cheaters in the act. Lowlight: Host Joey Greco getting stabbed during a confrontation.
For some unknown reason, Blind Date crossed my mind today. This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and my love of falling down a You Tube rabbit hole, but this morning, I spent a preposterous amount of time watching clips of old episodes of Blind Date.House of Carters was essentially a West Coast Jersey Shore with characters far less intriguing than Snooki, The Situation and Pauly D—which is probably why it only lasted eight episodes.—Taylor Weatherby " class="lazy Owl owl-lazy" data-action="gallery-slide-image"There are two words to describe the Carter family: hot mess.The show’s only interesting contribution to society was the phrase “smashed the homie,” used by Ray J after one of the contestants allegedly slept with his close friend.—Keisha Hatchett To anyone interested in a) British royalty, b) trashy TV, and c) schadenfreude, this latter-day “ Joe Millionaire”-clone sounded like a slam-dunk.