Before there was Tinder or Bumble, young adults of the early s had to meet potential suitors the old-fashioned way: On MTV dating reality shows. Unfortunately, "Singled Out" went off the air in However, that didn't stop MTV producers from whipping up series after series to take its place throughout the s. Dating two people at the same time and then giving the person you like the least the boot in front of the other dude!
MTV But the show did send the message to teens that it's totally OK to have options and you don't even have to hide your side piece! And for that, I thank you, MTV. Giphy On "Taildaters," two people went out on a first date while their friends and exes watched from the comfort of a creepy van. In other words, MTV gold.
Giphy And those computer graphics are fucking impressive for And the rest is history. Giphy OMFG, where to even begin? Basically, "Room Raiders" was a show in which three random people and apparently Ryan Cabrera? Viewers watched with delight as fame-hungry teens and their disgusting sheets were exposed to a national audience.
Giphy MTV even supplied the raiders with a spy kit, so no questionable stain went unnoticed. Whoever had the best room would immediately become the raider's new boyfriend or girlfriend. Giphy Yes, "Room Raiders" was a show where true love was determined by junk drawers.
And the best part? While we're on the topic of "Room Raiders," it's important for me to note that I was in fourth grade when this classic first aired.
I had yet to grasp the fact that "reality television" wasn't exactly reality, and so I naively made sure to keep my room clean at all times just in case the "Room Raiders" van happened to be nearby. What if year-old me was randomly selected for the show? I couldn't take that risk. The suitors would pick up the moms at their homes, take 'em on pretty sick dates Giphy Then the mother of the lucky winner would wave goodbye to the new couple as they ran into the sunset.
Because their parents disapproved of their current relationships. Disgruntled parents would set their kids up on two blind dates.
MTV They even held auditions to find the lucky daters. Mom and dad had to watch the dates on the couch next to their kid's bratty BF or GF. Giphy The two parties would go back and forth, making crude comments to one another as they watched the dates on a TV. After the two dates, the teens had to decide if they wanted to stay in their current relationship or start something new with their parents' picks.
MTV And trust me, it was always better when the kids disobeyed their parents and stayed true to their terrible boo. Giphy "Next" was MTV's perfect but clearly scripted "all-or-nothing" competition show that followed a bus full of contestants ready to compete for the attention of one lucky "host. Please remember, "Next" introduced the world to winners like Johnny.