3. Next (MTV, 2005-2008)
Next used a varied form of speed-dating to help its contestants find loveâ€”"varied" in the sense that it was probably the dumbest thing on television in a long time. In the show, one person would be presented with the opportunity to go on five blind dates, but they could only meet the next person by permanently eliminating each contestant they were presented with on the spot.
If they did in fact meet someone they hit it off with, the date would begin, and it would be timed for as long as it takes for the person to decide whether or not they want to go out with their date again. They would then be presented with the proposition of either going on a second date or taking a cash prize in the amount of the time they'd already spent together.
Sure, Next posed an age-old question of "love or money," but when it comes to a show that's produced for, and airs on, MTV, a channel whose target audience is comprised of teenagers in their early twenties, the answer is always going to be obvious: money. And the 15 seconds of fame they received was just the cherry on top.