Despite her relatively low success rate, “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger’s love brokering spectacle of a reality TV show is the only really successful dating series Bravo has produced. Renewed for an 8th season, “Matchmaker” is the only “program centered around love and all its wondrous things” to “consistently return ratings of over 1 million viewers per episode.”
Why do we keep tuning in when so few of the millionaire contributors ever make a love match?
Money Really Can’t Buy Class or Personality
For those of us who toil endlessly to bring home the bacon, nothing could be more fun than watching a bunch of rich, privileged people behave like buffoons. Apparently wealthy people are just as willing to air their dirty laundry for 15 minutes of reality TV fame as alligator hunters and duck call makers.
I’m torn between feeling gratified that I have more social skills than some trust fund babies, and being disgusted by the fact that someone so personally unappealing has a million dollars and I don’t.
The Professional Is So Very Very Unprofessional
Patti Stanger is a work in progress. It’s pretty easy to figure out why she’s had such a difficult time finding love for herself, even without couples’ therapist Dr. V hammering home the point that her domineering personality is driving current beau, David, away.
Her mercurial temper certainly adds a level of suspense to her encounters with the clients – will she throw him out, or yell, stamp her feet and curse at him? But it’s hard to understand how someone so emotionally unstable could recognize the subtle signs of compatibility in others and, as she says, “make the perfect match.”
What’s even more amazing is that sometimes she does. The daters who go out with Patti’s choice for them are much more likely to have a good time, than those who don’t. It’s like a monkey driving a bus – both strange and fascinating to observe.
We’re Rooting for True Love
As much fun as it is to watch all the gold digger girls reject the rich jerk (because he’s so awful, even they can’t stomach him), it’s even better when a couple of nice people find each other. Real romance stirs up memories and gives us hope. After all the tough love and hard wrangling, it’s nice to see some bona fide matchmaking, on those rare occasions when it materializes.
Candidate Eye Candy
Most of us will never get the chance to have a room full of desirable potential sweethearts fawn over us like lions fawning over a steak. But at least we can ogle them from the comfort of our own couches. We can dream of bikini clad babes or brawny fire fighters, gazing at us with hopeful eyes.
We can shout “Don’t go out with him, beware!” to the hapless girl who’s picked by the narcissistic loser who wants a submissive cook and maid. And we can feel very superior indeed when it all goes awry, just as we always knew it would.
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