"Flavor of Love" is a VH-1 reality show where rapper Flavor Flav tries to find true love out of a series of women who are all literally about to claw one another's eyes out for the chance to be with the former Public Enemy rapper. The series (which will be starting its third season soon) takes everything that's awkward, trashy and ridiculous about "The Bachelor" and amplifies it until it's over-the-top and down the other side. The series is true train wreck TV, and I noted in my review that: "The first season raised the bar to new lows, but it's impressive that the second season manages to take the trashiness to a new (and often hysterical) level." The series is incredibly fake, but that almost seems to work in its favor.
Ultra-diva New York, one of the finalists of the first season (who also returned for the second season, once again in the unofficial "villain" role) apparently gained enough popularity for the producers of "Flavor" to award her with her own series, "I Love New York", which sees her attempt to find love with a similar format to "Flavor".
As this series opens, chain-smoking New York (Tiffany Pollard) discusses the events of "Flavor" before launching into a discussion of how the producers wanted her to find love in her own series. Shortly after, we are introduced to a bizarre-looking bunch of 20 guys who look like they were randomly pulled off the street. One wishes that "Chappelle's Show" was still around, as a Chappelle parody of this series (or "Flavor") would have almost unlimited possibilities.
Ah, but there's a co-star to help New York pick. New York's incredibly mean mother, Sister Patterson - who is even more of a diva than her daughter, as shown in the second season of "Flavor" - appears. As one of the guys notes so elegantly, "Oh in the hell no." Sister Patterson appears throughout the series to "help" her daughter pick which guys to keep and which to drop.
As we soon find out, the guys are an odd bunch. As with "Flavor of Love", all the guys are given nicknames. "Romance" keeps discussing that he lost his dog, Princess (hahaha.) and that New York is meant to be his new Princess. There's also nerdy Mr. Boston, who seems incredibly nervous. Another guy has been on a bunch of other dating shows, such as "Elimidate". Throughout the show, one wonders on many occasions where they actually found these people.
As with "Flavor of Love", the contestants go through a series of competitions (host a party for a set of screaming kids, build a doghouse for New York's little mutt dog) and kept under the evil eye of Sister Patterson. The series is just as much of a mess as "Flavor", with the contests humiliating themselves at any possible moment in order to get more screen time.
As with "Flavor of Love", "I Love New York" is certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but as with "Flavor", I thought "New York" was so ridiculously trashy and terrible that it was mildly entertaining. It's certainly not great television, but it's great bad television.
This is the "unrated" version - all the curse words are unbleeped.
1. 8 Jan 07 Do You Have Love For New York
2. 15 Jan 07 The Mangeant
3. 22 Jan 07 Big Ballers
4. 29 Jan 07 What's Up Dog
5. 12 Feb 07 Who's Got Game
6. 19 Feb 07 Momma Said Knock You Out
7. 5 Mar 07 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
8. 12 Mar 07 Gettin' Hot In The Desert
9. 19 Mar 07 Momma's Boys
10. 26 Mar 07 Clip Show
11. 2 Apr 07 The Final Adios
15 Apr 07 Reunion Show
VIDEO: "I Love New York" is presented by Paramount Home Entertainment in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Image quality appears to be about the same as broadcast, with images looking consistently crisp and clean, if never razor-sharp.
Aside from some minor shimmering and a couple of tiny moments of artifacting, the picture looked crisp and clean. Colors remained bright and vibrant, with no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: "New York" is presented with a first-rate stereo soundtrack, which clearly presents every quotable line and offers up the bass behind the tunes.
EXTRAS: No extras.
Final Thoughts: I thought "New York" was so ridiculously trashy and terrible that it was mildly entertaining. It's certainly not great television, but it's great bad television. The DVD set offers fine audio/video quality, but no extras. Recommended for fans.