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MTV: 9/6/2005-8/25/2010
Music Television

Parental Control was a reality dating show that aired on MTV.


A girl had to interview 5 boys and ask questions about them or an activity of some sort. The father of the daughter will eliminate one of the contestants until there is one left.

In the latest version, parents are unhappy with their child's current boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other. The parents interview and select prospective partners who vie for the affections of their child. Afterwards, their child goes on a date with the two selections that each parent chose. The child then has to decide whether to keep his/her current relationship, stay single, or choose one of the new prospects.

During each date, the parents and the current partner watch and comment, often antagonistically, as the date unfolds on television. When the dates are finished, the child selects his/her new partner from amongst the competitors and current partner. First, one of the three is picked to leave before the other two. Then the child chooses between the two remaining potential partners. The whole process often results in unpleasant behavior from the two who were eliminated. Usually, the current boyfriend/girlfriend is selected. In some occasions, the child chooses to stay single, and eliminates the current significant other and the dates that his or her parents orchestrated.

International VersionsEdit

Asia (2007-2009)
United Kingdom

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