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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Matchmaker makes ladies see the error of their ways.

7/10
Author: bella_vanitas from Austria
9 May 2009

They are pretty, they are successful, they are smart – and yet, some women just seem to fail in the dating world. VH1 Tough Love tries to show them what they are doing wrong, and what a man's point of view is.

Alleged "master matchmaker" Steve Ward is the host of VH1's latest dating show brainchild, who wants to teach eight apparently hopeless women how to date. All of the contestants seem to fit a different stereotype: There's the party girl who has never had a serious relationship, the marriage minded one who already has designed her wedding dress, the gold digger, the career woman, the stalker type, the motherly caring girl, the tough one and the picky one.

Steve is dishing out what they keep doing wrong – and he's not gentle doing it. They learn to build a relationship from ground up – from first impressions to sharing secrets in a positive way to trusting someone.

VH1 Tough Love was a topic of heated discussion even before it hit the airwaves in March. People worried it would have a misogynic undertone and try to form women after some male ideal that was impossible to reach.

It turned out differently: Yes, Steve Ward candidly tells contestants what their faults are, and yes, the tone of the show is not always amiable – but there's a reason it is called Tough Love.

As reality shows go, this one is definitely one of the most tolerable ones in recent history. The contestants seem like real people instead of drama queens who seek media exposure, and the objective of the show is always to help people with their issues.

And then, it even teaches the viewer a little about dating – the most comforting thing being that you never have to change who you are, just how you present yourself.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Finally a Reality Show With Substance.

Author: drake34 from United States
18 November 2011

I am a guy and I find this show seriously compelling. I cannot even believe I learned so much watching this show. In fact...boy oh boy...I seriously wish Steve could speak to a friend of mine. Man...I should send her to the show. She needs Steve's coaching...big time. I would like to see a professional psychologist assist Steve as I think some women on the show...not all of them and not generalizing here, but some of them have such major deep seeded psychological issues. Some of them are so traumatized they are even beyond Steve's coaching. I am sure people get annoyed with some of the drama queens on this show. I would have to admit this show is not really for men, but you would be very surprised that some buddies of mine actually watch this show too.

Steve is an outstanding person. Sure he is harsh sometimes, but this is a boot camp not a bridal shower. I think Steve should be featured in way, way more segments on all the morning talk shows and afternoon shows could use a segment with Steve. Maybe a book and a book tour or promotion? His insight into the entire dating scene? So many of us single people love hearing his advice and perspective. Men can learn from this show...but single women? Forget about it. This show should be mandatory if you have trouble finding that special someone. If you seriously listen and learn you can gain free knowledge and that is awesome. Wonder why you are still single? Watch this show and you will find out why within 2 episodes. Great job, Steve...great concept. Original reality show with way more substance than most of them...and I sincerely appreciate a good show. Bravo.

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