My latest obsession? MTV’s "Are You the One?," a Real World-style dating show that drops 10 guys and 10 girls in Hawaii and asks them to work together to find the perfect matches among them. If they can successfully pair up with their predetermined soul mates, they’ll all split a million bucks.
After just two episodes, I’ve gotten deeply invested in the show, and I can’t quite explain why. If a team of matchmakers told you that only one "Bachelor" contestant was scientifically compatible with Juan Pablo, wouldn’t that completely change the way you watched? That’s how it feels with "Are You the One?," which plays up our voyeuristic love of TV dating by promising you that, yes, 10 of these couples actually do belong together.