Flavor of Love - The Complete First Season
Paramount // Unrated // $49.99 // August 29, 2006
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted September 27, 2006
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A show that some will find hilarious and others will find marks a new low in television, "Flavor of Love" is an absolute train wreck of a reality series starring none other than Flavor Flav, the former member of legendary rap group Public Enemy. After being something of a breakout hit on the reality shows, "Surreal Life 3" and "Strange Love" (a show following his romance with "Surreal" co-star Brigitte Nielsen), Flav breaks off on his own in this take on "The Bachelor", which quickly became one of VH-1's highest-rated shows.

Anyone who's seen "The Bachelor" will be familiar with how things work: Flavor Flav and 20 women (each of whom are given a nickname, because Flav can't remember details too well) are loaded into a L.A. mansion, where they'll interact (read: the women will unleash the mother of all catfights) and Flavor will end up picking one of them to potentially be his Mrs. Flav.

However, it won't be that easy: some of the women are given the boot each week, with an assortment of others, including: Flav's mom, Flav's bodyguard and former flame Brigitte Nielsen throwing in their two cents at one point or another on who he should pick. Instead of getting a rose like "The Bachelor", the girls who are picked get a clock (much like Flav's famous one) to wear around their neck.

Nearly every episode has the girls competing against one another, from a cooking competition to hot tub speed-dating. However, the larger competition appears to be trying not to get scratched up by the other contestants: by the second episode, some of the women are already screeching (mere yelling is just not enough for "Flavor of Love"; there's even a spitting incident) at one another. All of the women are clearly on the show to get some airtime, which makes it even more hilarious when they start throwing out accusations that other contestants are not truly in it to be with Flav. One girl, Red Oyster, even reports to Flav on occasion about what the other girls are currently up to.

Calling it all trashy is an understatement. However, the show's producers have picked such oversized personalities (as well as a couple of slightly bizarre ones) that every second of the show goes over-the-top and down the other side. It's kind of difficult to take a show seriously when the winning girl isn't taken to a five-star restaurant or on an amazing trek like on "The Bachelor", but to Red Lobster. There's even the "villains" (the highly irritable "New York") The series would be a great choice for parody on "Mad TV" if it wasn't already so silly that it's practically a parody of itself. "Flavor of Love" is truly one of those shows where you want to look away, but just can't help watching.

The majority of the show is presented here in an uncensored format (there's some female toplessness and a wide assortment of cursing.)

1 Fifteen Beds and a Bucket of Puke
2 Rub A Dub Flav
3 A Friend of Flav's is a Friend of Mine
4 The Flavor of Chicken
5 What Happens in Flavor Stays in Flavor
6 Intterogitted
7 Flav's Trippin'
8 Family Flavors
9 For Flav's Consideration
10 Flavor of Decision
11 The Reunion


The DVD

VIDEO: "Flavor of Love" 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: "Flavor" is presented with a first-rate stereo soundtrack, which clearly presents every quotable line and offers up the bass behind the tunes.

EXTRAS: The main extra is the amusing reunion special, "After the Lovin'". There's also the recap featurettes: "New York Hospitality", "Flav's Filosophies" (multiple) and "Pumkin's Blac-u-cation" (multiple sections.)

Final Thoughts: Completely absurd and fake and yet often surprisingly funny, "Flavor of Love" is a guilty pleasure. The DVD offers fine audio/video quality and a nice set of supplements. Recommended for reality fans.



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