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Average Joe was a popular American reality television series that first debuted on NBC on November 3, 2003. The show featured a group of average, everyday guys competing for the love of an attractive woman who they would likely never have the chance to date in normal circumstances. The first season featured mousy and shy Brian Worth competing for the affections of beautiful blond model Melana Scantlin.
The premise of the show was quite simple; a group of average and less-than-gorgeous guys were brought together to compete for the affections of a beautiful woman. The twist, however, was that the beautiful woman was kept in the dark about the true nature of the show, and was lead to believe that she was simply part of a dating show where she would be presented with a group of attractive guys to choose from. This made the show unique and provided some hilarious moments, as the guys would try and disguise their looks and play up their personalities to try and win Melana's heart.
The show was hosted by comedian Kathy Griffin, who added some comedic relief with her snarky commentary and witty remarks. Each week, the average joes would compete in various challenges to try and win Melana's heart. The challenges ranged from physical activities like white-water rafting and rock climbing, to more intellectual challenges like trivia contests.
At the end of each week, Melana would choose one of the guys to eliminate, with the final decision always coming down to the very end of the episode. The guys who were eliminated were sent home, leaving only the most compatible (and typically better looking) guys left to compete for Melana.
The show quickly became a hit, and Brian Worth became a fan favourite as viewers rooted for the underdog. The season finale of the show saw Brian and fellow competitor Adam Mesh face off, with Melana ultimately choosing Adam over Brian. However, there was a twist in the finale; after Adam and Melana left the room, Brian re-entered and revealed to Melana that he had actually been keeping a journal throughout the show, detailing his true feelings for her.
This was a breakthrough moment for reality TV, as it showed that the contestants on these shows were not just playing characters, but real people with real emotions. The finale was one of the most talked-about moments in reality TV history, and set the stage for numerous spin-offs and copycat shows.
The second season of Average Joe saw Larissa Meek as the beautiful bachelorette, tasked with picking from a group of average-looking guys. This season was just as entertaining as the first, with even more outrageous challenges and unexpected twists. The guys competing for Larissa's love included a fireman, a fashion designer, and a professional wrestler.
The third season of the show, titled Average Joe: Adam Returns, brought back fan favourite Adam Mesh from the first season to compete for the love of Samantha Trenk. The twist this season was that the other guys competing were not average-looking joes, but were actually models and actors. This added an interesting dynamic to the show, as Adam had to compete against guys who were more conventionally attractive than him.
Overall, Average Joe was a ground-breaking reality TV show that changed the game for the genre. It proved that reality TV doesn't have to be all about drama and fighting, but can also showcase genuine relationships and emotions. While the show only aired for three seasons, it left a lasting legacy and paved the way for other dating and relationship shows.
Average Joe is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on November 3, 2003.