Lately, it seems like every time I turn on my television a new dating show has popped up. Last night, Oxygen debuted their new show Find Me My Man. The hour-long reality show follows Miami-based matchmaker, Natalie Clarice, as she helps her clients sort out their issues so they can find the right relationship. Her no bullshit, brutally honest approach was reminiscent of everyone’s favorite millionaire matchmaker, Patti Stanger. This wasn’t exactly a carbon copy of the popular Bravo series, but it felt eerily similar.
Natalie is blunt and unforgiving right from the get-go. She lets her clients know exactly what they’re doing wrong in their relationships, but isn’t naïve enough to believe she can set them straight after the brief initial interview. So she sets them up on date with a guy she describes as perfect. Little do her clients know, this perfect guy is a dating coach employed by Ms. Clarice. Only after listening to an awkward/embarrassing list of all their dating faux pas do the girls actually meet some potential dates.
This week we met some really lovely well-adjusted crazy people, Dana and Mercedes. Dana is a small business owner with a bit of attitude problem and a serious intolerance for germs. Not only does she ruin a perfectly wonderful Louis Vuitton purse by attaching a tacky hand sanitizer keychain to it, but she actually asks her dates to use some before touching her. Talk about awkward. We later learn that the reason Dana has so many walls up is because a man whom she dated for four years tragically passed away. After hearing her story, it was easier to empathize with Dana. I was happy to see that after taking Natalie’s advice her date went well, and she was able to let go of her control freak ways.
Mercedes is a whole other story. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminology, and admits to having anywhere from thirty-eight to fifty penis pictures on her phone. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only does she have an obsession with photos of the male anatomy, she also has no problem discussing said obsession with her dates. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why she’s still single. Like Dana, Mercedes has some sense talked into her by Natalie. By the end of the episode, she has been on a successful first date with a new guy who wants to see her again.
I always find matchmaker shows fun to watch because they make me feel better about myself. After seeing the way people on these shows behave, I look at myself and think, “wow, you’re a real catch!” Nevertheless, I liked that this show actually made me feel for the girls (well Dana, at least). Though I must admit I felt like the ending was a little too perfect for a “reality” show.