UnREAL: “Return” Review - AVClub

AVClub: UnREAL is the type of show you can hardly believe didn’t make it to air much, much sooner. After all, the show it’s spoofing—ABC’s The Bachelor—has been on the air since 2002, and will launch its 20th season in early 2016. It’s hard to qualify UnREAL as a satire given the importance of recency in satire and the fact that a cutting take on a reality dating competition is no less than a decade behind the curve. The Bachelor has already been lampooned many times, between the Burning Love web series, the second season of The Joe Schmo Show, VH1’s Flavor Of Love (and the many tentacles that grew out of it), and a bunch of others I’m having trouble conjuring up at the moment. Hell, between its trashy spin-offs, the defunct Bachelor Pad and more recent Bachelor In Paradise, The Bachelor has lampooned itself pretty thoroughly. On paper, UnREAL sounds inessential.

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