The clever set ups — blind dates in bedrooms, blind dates in vans, blind dates with parents — kept generations of teens glued to the channel, much in the same way music videos had the decade prior.
And the effects of it can be seen in much of modern culture, especially technology, with apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid like a real-world versions of Benjamin Solomon is a freelance writer based in New York City.
Every season one watcher can admit they wanted to be as confident as Tony—just without the sociopathic tendencies.
Overall, this series manages to balance serious issues, from eating disorders to sexuality with the silly and comedic. It is a testament to earnest charm that its season finale felt like leaving old friends behind.
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You know, the ones that basically act as if homework doesn’t exist, money isn’t an object, non-stop melodrama is a way of life, and partying every other night is the norm.
Don’t get me wrong, some of those shows are brilliant and deliciously entertaining, but it’s nice to watch a TV show about being a teenager that doesn’t involve werewolves or super hot 25-year-olds with amazing abs passing for 15-year-olds.
They usually feature the elimination of contestants until a winner is chosen.
Sometimes they are considered to be "reality playoffs" since their format is similar to that of a playoff in sports.