(And this is an opinion I formulated long before Stanger got in some trouble a few months back for saying that “Jewish men lie,” that “There is no curbing the gay man,” and that woman have “got to dumb it down.”) In the guise of doling out her terrible advice, she berates, she screeches, she bullies — and everyone loves it! (By the way, this girl I went to high school with was Stanger’s assistant on the show, which I think makes her the most successful person I went to high school with? The format is different: Ward puts together a house full of women, each with their own very special set of hang-ups, then puts them through relationship “boot camp,” where trials range from polygraphs to light-Ludovico technique.Then everyone get crazy-dressed-up and sit together in ‘group’ to hash out how they screwed up, to catch the brunt of Steve’s fiery matchmaking passion, and to cry.
— would be analyzed in hopes of turning them into more attractive mates and, just maybe, better people.
Its star is the “third-generation matchmaker” Patti Stanger, who is just the fucking worst. The love-seekers on is hosted by Steven Ward, a clean-shaven former-frat bro in his early thirties who, like Patti, claims massive success in real world matchmaking.
The explicit angle is the ‘no holds barred’ advice Ward doles out.
But the comes closest of any of the dating shows to actually providing a practical service: just by making the women stick around for a prolonged period of time, Ward does go a way to breaking down their issues.
Jo Ann Ward, a happily married mother of three adult children, is the founder and president of Master Matchmakers, which has been successfully connecting single men and women for more than twenty years.