ShowMax series upgrade the dating playbook

2016-05-12 22:00

Johannesburg - Sports writer PJ Franklin (Jordana Spiro) is living in a man’s world in ShowMax’s new series My Boys (2006-2010). Her workmates and her five best friend are guys and she’s 100% fluent in dude-speak. Getting a date should be a snap, right? Sadly for PJ there’s one game she doesn't have a grip on – the Dating Game.

But PJ, girlfriend, we’ve got your back. 

While you’ve been playing with the boys we’ve been binge-viewing romantic comedy series* and after many hours of study and sacrifice, we have a new dating playbook for you.


Dating isn’t a frantic search for Mr Right. Consider yourself an urban explorer, out to discover new types of dudes, bros and lads and record their exotic mating rituals. There’s no better social currency that an absurdly bad dating tale. 

Go forth, collect yours with glee and who knows, you could find a compatible species along the way. As Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) says (in season 2 episode 18): “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.”


When you get dumped, there’s no better cure for a broken heart than the constant love of your friends, the people who know the best and worst of you and love you because of – not in spite of – all of that.

If these wonderful people think you’re perfect and amazing and loveable, whoever just ditched you is obviously in the wrong. And when you’re spending too long wallowing in self-pity, take Karen Walker’s (Megan Mullally) advice (from season 1 episode 7): “It’s time to get your head out of the dumps and your legs in the air.”


Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has it right. Your “lobster” is out there (now mime the romantic holding of claws from season 2 episode 14). But they have to pass the friend test or it’s not happening! 

If you can stand your friends mocking his lisp, his hump and his hairpiece, a serious relationship could be on the cards. But don’t forget to look closer to home too – you might really strike it lucky and fall for your best friend. If you’re sticking your head inside a raw turkey, popping a hat on top of that and doing a silly dance just to cheer them up like Monica (Courteney Cox) did with Chandler (Matthew Perry) (in season 5 episode 8), it could be true love forevs. 

*All series are now available on ShowMax.

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