1. Because girls love it when guys embrace “chick shows.”

Have your last few dates been exercises in awkward silences and feminine indifference? We’ve got a tip for your next attempt: Ask your dinner partner to name some of her favorite TV shows, listen to her rattle off titles like Grey’s Anatomy and Real Housewives, and then say, “My boys make fun of me, but I don’t care—I’m a fan of Glee.” Making some in-the-know judgments (“I hope Quinn finds a good guy,” for example) will only help your cause. Even if she’s not a fellow Gleek, she should value your lack of prehistoric machismo, and, hopefully invite you to her place to watch Desperate Housewives together. The rest is in your hands, grasshopper.