The CW Orders 'Dates,' A British Online Dating Comedy — So Let's Look At First Dates On TV Vs. Reality

NEW YORK - JULY 25: Matilde Hoffman works on her computer at a coffee shop July 25, 2012 in New York City. Matilda graduated from University of Southern California in December of 2011 with a bachelors degree in neuroscience. Since graduating she has applied to over 30 different jobs, gone on 3 interviews, and had no luck finding a full time job. In the meantime she has been working two part time hostess jobs and volunteering with New York Cares. In June, on a whim, she applied to a one year medical science program at Drexel University at was recently accepted. ''I was tired of the job search. All this looking for a job, volunteering and shuffling around to two part time jobs was getting stressful. If that's the only opportunity I have, if nothing else comes my way, I should do it. If this is what life has brought to me at the moment I should take it.'' she said. From 2000 to 2010 the number of waiters and waitresses ages 18 to 30 with college degrees increased 81 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Educated bartenders, dishwashers in that age group doubled. Recently the Associated Press reported that ''About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.'' (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Dating in your 20's and 30's is hard enough as is without TV and movies making you feel like everyone is constantly going out to nice places and having exciting sex with a new person every week. The reality of Tinder and OkCupid are far less romantic in reality than any Netflix marathon might have you believe. Thankfully the CW just might have the antidote to unrealistic dating in the Age of Swipe Right. According to The Wrap, the network has just ordered a brand-new series from the UK, Dates. Every episode follows a date between people who met online and it's not all butterflies and hearts drawn in cappuccino foam.

Truth be told, online dating is awkward, oftentimes grueling, and rarely rewarding. It's high time there's a show that braves the nearly-impossible-to-navigate universe of meeting people online, because it's just so painful sometimes, we just need to laugh at it. Despite its prevalence, there is still a bit of a stigma attached to online dating. Which is bizarre considering every friend who is part of a couple tells their single friends to try it out.

Hopefully Dates, which stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Katie McGrath (Jurassic World), Amanda Hale (The White Queen) and Gemma Chan (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), will make everyone watching it as hilariously uncomfortable as all of us who try online dating are when we brave those first dates.

Let's take a look at how dates on TV match up with dates in real life:

The Fancy Man

TV: Hop on a Private Jet and Go to Italy

[Embed]

Because that's how all of us get pizza!

Reality: A Horrible Overpriced Bar

The tables are opaque glass and lit from below with neon lights. Yuck.

The Artist

TV: A Fancy Gallery

You'll feel dizzy on champagne and those dark eyes.

Reality: A Spicy Restaurant


Nothing says romance like way too much incense wafting through the air and the threat of "heartburn."

The Bartender

TV: A Swanky Cocktail Lounge With the Perfect Martini

With a twist IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

Reality: A Dive

Guzzle down those sweet, sweet Rolling Rock ponies and the finest selection nearly-clear beers.

The Trendy Guy

TV: A Garden Brunch Spot in Brooklyn

Yes, I will have the free-range omelette with creme fraiche and micro greens.

Reality: A Bar That Has Video and/or Board Games

It's like, kitschy. Get it?

The Doctor

TV: A Cafeteria in or Near a Hospital

[Embed]

Or a two-minute dream date.

Reality: A Cafeteria in or Near a Hospital

That one is pretty accurate. Au Bon Pain and Cosi should have a special romantic seating for health care workers on dates. After all, love is soup in a bread bowl.


Images: HBO(2)

Must Reads