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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: ABC expands on its Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise with Bachelor Pad, which brings 19 prior contestants together to compete for a $250,000 prize.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. 75
    These reality vets are pros. No awkward small talk necessary--they know what's expected of them, and they jump right in. Things are complicated by boyfriends back home, but not all that much.
  2. 75
    What I like about this show as opposed to the other earlier versions is that it's not simply one male or female picking from a lineup of the desperate like a slave auction. Here, the 19 insanely good-looking, mentally unstable, scantily clad, all-white (by the way) losers compete against one another.
  3. All in all, it's commendable ABC is so committed to recycling. Green is good, even if in this case, it's mostly the color of money.
  4. 19 male and female losers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are brought together, "Big Brother" style, to do what they do best: plot and flirt and cry, manufacture drama, do a little armchair psychoanalysis and hook up. In other words, high school without, you know, the learning part.
  5. 38
    This is competent reality fare, but coming after the besotted Ali and Roberto, it's like tying cans of nitroglycerin to a honeymooner's car. [23 Aug 2010, p.35]
  6. Reviewed by: Emily Yahr
    Bachelor Pad comes from a franchise that walks a fine line between sympathizing with and flat-out mocking its contestants. Clearly, the producers here favor the latter, and who could blame them? So much priceless material!
  7. There is "love, hookups, backstabbing, cheating, scandals and crying," though not nearly enough to distract from the show's tedious obeisance to a formula that has become more familiar than the lyrics to "Happy Birthday."
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  1. Aug 18, 2010
    Let's just say that it's not as horribly bad as you'd think it would be. I'm just a little bummed by the "performance" of Tenley. She seemedLet's just say that it's not as horribly bad as you'd think it would be. I'm just a little bummed by the "performance" of Tenley. She seemed like the ideal next Bachelorette - I thought the most recent one they picked is too prickly. But Tenley comes off as less than together, a bit too bubble-headed, and often downright inappropriate - calling out her fellow contestant for having had sex with one of the guys. She's still a sweet girl, though just not ready for prime time. I also feel bad for Chris Harrison - he shouldn't have to host this show. Let the co-host carry the load on this spin-off. And I feel that ABC might be watering down their brand a bit too much by adding the big-brother-like competitions here. Expand