That’s why NBC’s First Dates appears to have wandered in from a bygone age. is actually playing catch-up when it comes to the First Dates concept.
Far from manipulating its participants and situations to increasingly ridiculous extremes, the Ellen De Generes-produced show simply pairs two strangers up, films every minute of their squirm-inducing/sparks-flying dinner table conversation at MK, a cozy Chicago restaurant, and then asks them whether they want their first date to lead to a second. The brainchild of Twenty Twenty Productions (the team behind life-fixing reality show Brat Camp and life-affirming BAFTA winner The Choir), the original version first hit British screens in 2013.
Again, the fifth wheel was kind of just there—both in life and on the show.), all of whom are vying for the love of 13 men.
There being three bachelorettes—as opposed to the traditional one—causes drama to increase exponentially.
The wait staff also appear content to fade into the background rather than hog the limelight like the wannabe thespians on the U. edition; only the unsuspecting waitress hit on by a particularly shameless player really enters the fray early on.
An unlucky man and woman were paired to go out whilst their former flames chatted via earpiece, guiding the conversation and live-narrating the interaction. Also known as the story of my life, featured a double date with one extraneous factor: another human.
The fifth wheel didn't serve much purpose outside of being a provocateur, and rarely had an effect on whether love blossomed between the contestants.
Who knows whether primetime audiences used to a diet of histrionic, contrived dating shows can adapt to something so relaxed and restrained.
“If I was your girlfriend, would you let your belly be my pillow?