Television often serves as a commentary on reality, and whether milllennials want to admit it or not, dating apps have become one of the most popular ways to meet potential partners.
In other words, Tinder is our unfortunate reality.
Because *so* many people have started swiping right, television writers have taken it upon themselves to create TV versions of "Tinder dates."
But rather than fill daters with hope, these horrific depictions make viewers want to immediately delete their apps.
Here are three Tinder date horror stories, as seen on TV:
1. Abbi's Tinder tirade on "Broad City"
Desperate to distance herself from an off-limits hookup, Abbi decides to download Tinder in the "Broad City" episode, "Rat Pack."
Immediately, she finds herself with a handful of matches (mostly because no one bothers to tell Abbi that there's the option to swipe left).
Her initial excitement turns into disappointment when her matches arrive to Ilana's house party looking *nothing* like their Tinder profiles.
"I thought you were 26!" Abbi exclaims when an elderly man arrives for their date.
"I was — in that picture," he cheekily retorts. ("I thought it was an Instagram filter..." Abbi moans.)
In addition to the age-deceiving grandpa, Abbi also finds herself face-to-face with a Nazi, a man who looks like he hasn't brushed his teeth in years, and a young white guy.
The problem with the young white guy? He used a snapshot of Denzel Washington for his Tinder photo.
"You really thought a young Denzel Washington would show up?" the match asks, perplexed.
(And yes, she really did. #TinderNewbStruggles.)
After realizing her dating roster is just one fail after another, Abbi ultimately swears off the app. Her first time on Tinder ends up being her last.
2. Dev's Tinder dates on "Master of None."
On the "First Date” episode of "Master of None," a newly-single Dev attempts to distract himself by arranging Tinder date after Tinder date (after Tinder date after Tinder date after Tinder date).
Despite matching with half of Manhattan, nearly all of Dev's dates fall flat. Within his rotation is a mind-numbingly basic chick, a racist, and a pro wrestling–obsessed ramen blogger (who also happens to have a boyfriend?).
Perhaps the source of Dev's troubles is the fact that he used the same one-liner on every match: “Going to Whole Foods, want me to pick you up anything?”
Dev's strategy is a disheartening reminder that personal messages on dating apps are often far from personal.
(That's right — the "cute greeting" you received from a dating prospect was probably sent to a dozen other people.)
To be fair, his night *does* end with a literal bang. But Dev's app dates never turn into anything meaningful, and as a result, he just can't seem to stop texting his ex. Womp, womp.
3. Quagmire discovers Tinder on "Family Guy"
On "The Dating Game" episode of "Family Guy," notorious fuccboi Quagmire actually attempts to use the app for serious dates.
But Peter and the gang convince him to "cast a wide net" and swipe right on every female who pops up on the screen. As his matches come flying in, Peter instructs Quagmire to send them eggplant emojis and erupting volcanos.
(Because Tinder's sole purpose is to help horny people with phones find sexual partners, after all.)
"So I don't have to make small talk with you or spend any money?" Quagmire inquires. "Thank you, cell phone Jesus!"
Although these Tinder "dates" seem like Quagmire's ideal set-up, he becomes *so* addicted to swiping that the app completely takes over his mind.
After a few days on Tinder, Quagmire can no longer function, and he even tries to swipe right on a microwave. That's no way to live life.
Sure, Tinder maaaay work well for some people IRL — but on TV, dating apps are nothing short of disastrous.