'Hunk correspondent' Patrick Freyne on why we're obsessed with TV dating shows

Love them or hate them, reality TV dating shows are one of the most enduring formats of the small screen. It seems like TV producers will take any concept and turn it into a dating show. They run the full gamut, from the earnestness of First Dates to the artifice of Love Island and the questionable 90 Day Fiancé. But if they didn’t net big ratings for TV execs, they wouldn’t keep making them. So what keeps us going back for more? Self-appointed ‘hunk correspondent’ for The Irish Times, Patrick Freyne, loves to review these shows as Features Writer. In this episode of In The News, he analyses the good, the bad and the ugly and why they make such compelling viewing.

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