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Must Love Kids: TLC's Reality Show About the Dating Lives of Three Single Moms

Three Dating Single Moms Enter the Unpredictable World of Reality TV


Have you seen TLC's Must Love Kids? It's a reality dating show featuring three single moms looking for a match suitable for themselves and their children. The show premiered on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, and now runs Saturdays at noon (ET).

  • The show features three single moms: Kristin, Vanessa, and Tracy.

  • Each mom was introduced to eight suitors, who applied via an online application process and submitted to thorough background checks.

  • The show is based on a European reality TV show, "Ensam mamma soker."

Pros of Must Love Kids:
  • The participants are real and believable.

  • Viewers catch a glimpse into the everyday lives of three single moms.

  • Viewers get a sense of how challenging it is to select or rule out potential dates based on how they interact with one's children.
Cons of Must Love Kids
  • The pace of the relationship is determined by the show's schedule.

  • For example, in real life, the moms might not introduce their children to someone they're dating for several months, or might not have them spend an entire day with their kids for quite some time.

  • Similarly, in real life, the moms might apply some different strategies to making the family dates more palatable to the kids.

  • For example, they might spend time together outside the home to minimize conflict.

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