14. Baggage (GSN, 2010-Present)
If you’re not an avid viewer of the Game Show Network, the Jerry Springer-hosted Baggage may not have even crossed your radar until just this past year when it was mentioned in an episode of Girls.
In the scene, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) summarizes the show quite accurately to Hannah (Lena Dunham): “OK, so, there are three contestants, today they’re girls, and this guy Danny is looking for love, and they each have three suitcases, a little one, a medium one, and a big one, and then they have like, their secret baggage, and they reveal it, and if it’s super freaky, he eliminates them.”
Yes, basically, that is the show, and while it makes for rather entertaining television, it’s not exactly the best concept for a series about dating when you think about long-term commitment. What’s left for these people to find out about each other once they’re actually dating? Musical interests, film preferences, and eating habits? Yawn.