90s dating shows
Shots of Courtnee staring off in doubt are met with cartoon thought bubbles carrying “witty” zingers like “Wow, he’s a catch…” Cue the flounder graphic.As this five-person date continues, Courtnee takes the guys through a number of “stages” like dance lessons, drinks, and trying their hand at a mechanical bull. And Adam is just into mimicking Skyler—the only normal guy in the mix—in every way possible.The series developed a reputation for distorting reality, as contestants stated that daters who were nice people were made to look like monsters and dates where the couple got along being presented as "Dates from Hell".Certain especially disastrous pairings were described as "Dates From Hell," and the show frequently concluded with excerpts from the show's "Hall of Shame" (embarrassing moments), "Cutting Room Floor" (footage that was comic but not deemed integral to a date's narrative), and "Hot Zone" (extremely sexy footage from successful dates).
Studs - I was eight years old when this show first aired and I thought it was the sexiest thing since shirtless Prince Eric in the The Little Mermaid.
In season 1 of the show, the dates had specific themes such as "The Whole Ball of Wax" and "Hot and Cold".
From seasons 2-7, the themed dates would be dropped.
If you’re familiar with any of the reality dating shows that are being parodied here, like , then the seamless job copying these programs should be abundantly clear.
As the four dates try to win the heart of Courtnee (a burgeoning veterinarian’s assistant who loves animals, hanging out with family, and going outside), the episode is overloaded with obnoxious cartoonish graphics that attempt to be the punchline to every line of dialogue. From overalls with one strap down to car phones to the Dick Tracy soundtrack, the decade was pretty much America's golden age.