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.
A word-of-mouth success, the show gradually became one of the Channel 4 network’s flagship hits; 69 episodes, including several celebrity specials, have aired since.
length, her preferred amount of pubic hair, and male circumcision.
Spoiler: She picks a dude who has elephant ears tattooed on either side of his penis.
It’s also led to several marriage proposals, a baby and a hotel-based spinoff.
Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada have all been running their own versions since 2016.
(Think about it.)The two end up hitting it up off, so who knows?
Creator Bryan Elsley conceived the idea of Dates in December 2011/January 2012, stating "a date is a very complex and grown up interaction between two people. Everyone knows the difficulty of spending an hour or so in someone's company that you haven't met before."In an increasingly complicated dating world, some evolutionary psychologists and sexual scientists believe that our bodies alone may still project the best information for us to select a successful partner," a press release for the show states.It goes on to suggest that we've been socially conditioned to judge people on their looks and questions whether reversing the dating process and judging somebody naked could actually be the best bet to find a suitable mate.They are slowly revealed from the feet up – first their genitals, then torsos, then heads - before getting eliminated one by one by a single ‘picker’.The show’s mantra is: “We like to start where a good date ends…A new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where before they bare their souls they bare everything else first.