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ABC's Dating in the Dark actually works as an examination of dating

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 30th 2009 12:02PM
Dating in the DarkI didn't have a lot of faith that ABC's Dating in the Dark would make for good television. But it's surprised me. In only two weeks, it's already made interesting observations on attraction and the human sport of dating. The only drawback for me so far is that virtually everyone is attractive on the show.

If the point is to see if personality can overcome physical appearance, then shouldn't you bring in some people who aren't conventionally attractive? And I mean more than just having a hot blonde with some acne and a couple of people with about fifteen pounds of extra weight around the middle.

Nevertheless, we did get a bit of shallowness, as well as people learning that it does pay to get to know someone before you judge them on their looks alone. Of the six couples we've seen so far, only two have walked away after seeing one another. And only one of those was based on physical appearance.

This week alone, we had a guy who admitted that he only dated skinny chicks and that appearance was 100% important to him; something he wouldn't compromise. But then he connected so well with the "bigger" girl on the show, he showed up on the balcony anyway. And our walk-away was a guy who was incredibly attracted to his date physically, but more concerned about their differing stances on religion, which was actually understandable.

Note to those who haven't seen it: at the end of the show, if you want to continue seeing the person you'd been dating in the dark after having seen them, then you go to the balcony. If not, you have to walk about six miles down this driveway to a taxi or the bus while the person you rejected watches you go.

I'm not sure how many episodes we can do this before it gets old, or even if it will. As it's always different people, the dynamics will always change. In fact, in the next episode, which airs Monday at 10 PM, it looks like we'll have all three women fighting over the same guy, and this before any of them have seen him.

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Kara Trickett

The truth of the matter is, what would truly make this show better is if they put more realistic looking people on it.

The girls from last night show all looked like they could have been models. Thats crazy!

Try some more plus size women or some women that would otherwise not be able to pick up a man.

Try some guys that are skinny and small or that are not exactly what you would expect based on their personalities.

This show seems to be following the lines of so many others... BLAH!


August 04 2009 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"it looks like we'll have all three women fighting over the same guy"

He is Alphaero. How else would they all be so attracted to him without ever seeing him?

July 30 2009 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
A different Brett

What would make that show PERFECT is if they hired the lie detector guy from "Meet My Folks". That guy should have his own show.

July 30 2009 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to A different Brett's comment

didn't fox already do a lie detector show?

July 30 2009 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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