As Charles Dickens famously wrote of the French revolution, "It was the best MTV shows, it was worst MTV shows." You'd be forgiven for thinking the lovelorn singles who showed up on MTV dating shows around the turn of the millennium only did so because they were catfished.As cultural historians who've studied early 2000s MTV shows can attest, before 'catfishing' was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, those who appeared on the music-free music channel's pathetic dating shows for entertaining and demeaning amorous adventures really were looking for love.Day one of the first show that we’re taping, we’re all rushing around through makeup. Everyone’s freaking out because we don’t know if the show’s gonna, you know, it’s the first day of taping. Then they playback the date on TV adding funny commentary in the form of subtitles, animations, and thought bubbles.
” She had clogged her toilet and spent, like, 15 minutes trying to figure out how to deal with it before she asked for help.Long before dating apps and social media meant you could find a date while taking a dump, lonely horny folks left their dignity at MTV's doors and threw themselves at the mercy some of the saddest dating shows ever.Whether the contestants of these early '00s shows were hungry for 15 minutes of fame or blindly putting their romantic fate in the hands of MTV, you can rest assured these were dating shows with no real love. It's like the game Clue but someone got fingered instead of murdered. Then they all gather on the show and try to guess what happened on the dates and who likes who.