So where do these extreme contestants and situations come from?
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"The word people should be looking for is television, not reality," says contestant Sasha Perl-Raver, who was one of six people looking for love in the third episode of this year's new ABC reality romance series.
She spoke with me recently about her televised dating experience and had some insightful comments on reality TV today, how it got here, and where it should head next.
"They put out casting calls to agencies and casting companies.
They want attractive people who are comfortable in front of a camera." She believes only one person in her episode was truly looking to meet someone without writing or the entertainment industry as added benefits.