Average Joe | EW.com

TV

Average JoeTo its relative credit, Average Joe flips the ''Joe Millionaire'' formula on its thick head. Instead of saving the surprise for the end, it opened...Average JoeReality TVTo its relative credit, Average Joe flips the ''Joe Millionaire'' formula on its thick head. Instead of saving the surprise for the end, it opened...2003-11-07
Melana Scantlin, Average Joe
B

Average Joe

Genre: Reality TV; Starring: Melana Scantlin; Broadcaster: NBC; Status: In Season

To its relative credit, Average Joe flips the ”Joe Millionaire” formula on its thick head. Instead of saving the surprise for the end, it opened with a gleefully wicked trick: Ex-NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin thought she was meeting 16 Mr. Rights, but instead she met…16 Mr. Frights! (That’s not a quote from the promos, but it could be.) While most dating-show contestants are interchangeably empty shells, these guys – a nerdy, gawky, and chubby lot – possess actual personalities. The cast overflows with breakouts – and I’m not just talking about all the splotchy skin.

Homely faces to watch include Dennis Luciani, a 36-year-old virgin-accountant; Zach Cohen, a 27-year-old bully-real estate broker with chronic halitosis; and Tareq Kabir, a 21-year-old egotist-professor who attempts to mesmerize Melana with fancy words: ”It is the simplicity of your complexity that’s the catalyst of my infatuation.” ”Average Joe” alternately mocks these misfits and glorifies them as inspirational underdogs; the show wants to have its proverbial cake and eat it, too. Still, it’s a helluva lot tastier than ”Millionaire”’s Southern-fried cheese.

More from Our Partners