American dating show
When exactly did the British public fall in love with dating shows?It’s been a quiet takeover, but somehow the TV schedules have ended up filled with lonely hearts looking for love, from lunchtime marathons of , which ended up becoming such a phenomenon the finale was screened in cinemas and journalists wouldn’t stop asking Labour leader and absolute boy Jeremy Corbyn who his favourite contestant was (it was Marcel). However, this love affair has traditionally been exclusively heterosexual.Even when we are included, queer contestants are often covered up in episode descriptions and the dates themselves can be unbearably cringeworthy.If you started a drinking game based on how many times either “All the Things She Said” or “I Kissed a Girl” is played behind the introduction of a queer woman alone, you wouldn’t live to see the end of it. The weird model of romance these shows rely on might not suit…However, I can guarantee you that it’s the most comprehensive review of the relative queerness of British dating shows you’re going to read this week.In true reality television style, I’ll be giving each show a score based on two metrics: the amount of queer content, and to what degree that content will leave you silently begging it to end.While we’re still on the positives, the show makes a real effort at LGBTQ inclusion, having featured gay, lesbian, bi, pan and trans contestants over the course of its two series.
It’s definitely the sweetest show on this list, and if it can just promise me a few more queers in future, I’ll be tuning in again when it comes back.
The premise is simple: each episode follows a night at a restaurant where everyone dining is there on a blind date.
The show’s been LGBTQ inclusive since it began back in 2013, though it only features a few queer or trans singletons per series.
On the other hand, its second series does feature a contestant describing herself as being passionate about “feminism, eggs and gin” before explaining the concept of pansexuality, and I’m not sure where else you’ll find that on British television.
is always available on demand for anyone willing to deal with Channel 4’s atrocious app.