Generally, this awareness is brief; it's used for a joke or two and then never mentioned again.

The clever set ups — blind dates in bedrooms, blind dates in vans, blind dates with parents — kept generations of teens glued to the channel, much in the same way music videos had the decade prior.

And the effects of it can be seen in much of modern culture, especially technology, with apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid like a real-world versions of Benjamin Solomon is a freelance writer based in New York City.

Not only does the Chris Harrison-esque host, Graham (Brennan Elliott), offer up all the signature cliches, but contestants also hilariously use the show's classic line "can I steal you for a sec? It's only because we've heard it approximately 10,000 times over on ABC. Not only do we see fictional producers chatting about how long the "token" women of color will last, it's implied that contestants are asked to ham up racial stereotypes.

When a girl named Shamiqua gets out of the limo first, cynical-as-hell show runner Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) is furious, noting that only a real love connection should make the first entrance, thus implying that not contestant with such a name could ever make it far.

He was most recently the Editor-in-Chief of Next Magazine.

He has contributed to Vanity Fair, Playbill, Details, Out Magazine, Time Out New York, and has appeared on Biography Channel, East Village Radio and in Wallpaper magazine.

Naturally, there's a high likelihood of them Becoming the Mask, or at least one character claiming It Meant Something to Me.

Supertrope of Undercover as Lovers, Operation: Jealousy, The Beard, Citizenship Marriage, Shock Value Relationship, Boyfriend Bluff. See also Fake-Out Make-Out, Marriage Before Romance (when the fake relationship becomes real) and Marriage of Convenience.

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