Have you seen this web series about the crazy world of online dating? It’s a huge Internet hit and the second season is now available for your viewing pleasure.
Do love hearing about other people’s strange online dating experiences, even if you want to avoid the whole scene yourself? Rom.Com, a comedy web series from Cracked Studios, has premiered its second season, and it’s definitely worth a watch. You’ll find yourself laughing even as you pour a second glass of Chardonnay and cringe at what it’s like to online date.
The series follows a group of employees of the dating website Findlove.net, who are clueless about dating themselves — but still manage to stick to their idealistic views about the “science” of matching people together online. (Hint: match-making is not always so successful.)
Season 1 included three eight to eleven-minute episodes, introducing us to the cast and also to a series of online daters via interviews in Findlove.net’s marketing focus groups. We find that despite the web service’s high number of subscribers, their clients aren’t too happy with the “science” of the match-making process. As one subscriber states in her interview:
“Is there a site for just decent, clean people? I’ll pay more…”
We’re also introduced to online daters through their profiles. Of course, there are the requisite players — one who writes in his profile: “I like to listen, up to a point,” and “I try to get enough points to accrue a sex prize.”
And then there’s the needy girl profile with the description we shudder to see, like “OMG, I love embroidering and ice cream in the rain haha what?…”
Season Two opens with a new competitor — the super hip founder of Kindlin, whose app is fast gaining on Findlove.net’s market share. The popularity and superficiality of Kindlin — which coincidentally offers “hot or not” matching based on who’s closest to you at the bar — has taken the online dating world by storm, surpassing Findlove.net’s traditional, scientific approach.
I got to hang out with the super-talented cast and writer of the series, Dan O’Brien. O’Brien says the inspiration for the series came from “the fundamental ways men and women communicate — they just don’t get each other.”
Luckily, Rom.Com is willing to point these ironies out to us. If you think that you’re a great catch but all those online daters are just so sketchy, Rom.Com is here to tell you — you might actually be the problem. After all, you’re not perfect, the matching algorithm isn’t perfect — so where does that leave online dating? Can it work?
If you’re looking for humorous relief from the online dating world, it’s time to check out Rom.Com.
Start with the first episode of season 1: