MTV's Are You The One? Is the Anti-Bachelor for All the Right Reasons

TVGuide.com | 9/9/2019 | Lauren Zupkus
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At the beginning of every episode of The Bachelor recap show, A Beautiful Podcast to Fall in Love, Liam Mathews asks his co-host Jacqueline Trumbull how she thinks the Bachelor "did" that week. Every time, the question and its implications frustrate me. What do you mean, how did he "do"?

Mathews, (who, full disclosure, is my TV Guide co-worker and beloved frenemy) clarified in a Slack chat the sort of answer he's looking for: "Did they behave like a decent person? And if they didn't, was it at least fun to watch?... It's sort of like analyzing a sports performance."

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Clearly, the bar is on the floor for The Bachelor contestants. We aren't rooting for these people to find love, as host Chris Harrison might want viewers to believe. We're just hoping to be entertained while they drag us through this long con launchpad for influencer gigs.

Maybe I wouldn't be so wound up by this charade if MTV's Are You The One? hadn't rendered me such a dating show purist. When it premiered in 2014, Are You the One? stood out to perpetually single and clueless me for its premise: "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" In the show's first seven seasons, producers put a group of single, heterosexual, cisgender women and a group of single, heterosexual, cisgender men through a matchmaking process involving psychological tests, surveys on dating preferences, and even interviews with contestants' family members and exes. Armed with that information, producers then determine the most compatible match for each contestant. The catch? It's up to the contestants to determine who their perfect matches are, and if each contestant correctly identifies their match, the entire group splits $1 million.

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One obvious difference between The Bachelor and Are You the One? is...
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