Um, I don’t know why I thought of this recently, but does anybody else out there remember watching Date Night TV? It was only the most amazing show to come out of Pittsburgh in the 90′s. It may have also been the ONLY show to come out of Pittsburgh in the 90′s.
If you’ve ever seen it, then you know just exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it, then just imagine this: drunken Pittsburghers being interviewed as they look for love at local bars/clubs. It was the 90′s so there was a lot of gel, men wearing necklaces, ladies with big hair, colorblock shirts and flower prints. Most times the interviewee was with a group of his or her friends who always had lots of ridiculous drunken commentary. There was also ALWAYS some jagoff in the background yelling “Woooooo!!!” and since it was a local show there was about a 65% chance that you actually KNEW said jagoff.
And if all that wasn’t enough, I have two more words for you: Banana Don. Banana Freakin’ Don.
I know they traveled around to various bars, but in my mind this show was always filmed in Chauncy’s. Chauncy’s! Look, I turned 21 in 2000 so I never even got to go out in the 90′s (hehehe) but let’s just say that in my teenage mind Chauncy’s was the epicenter of Aquanet, L.A. Looks gel, scrunchies, perms, big bangs, suburban divorcees out on the town for ladies’ night and men in silk shirts (The Husband confirms that my fantasy is mostly accurate). In short, it made for some amazing late-night television.
So why did this show get canceled? And even more important, why hasn’t anybody posted some of the old episodes on YouTube?
In conclusion, if you are somebody in Pittsburgh with access to tapes of this show, you need to get that shiz on YouTube. And even better, if you are somebody who appeared on Date Night TV, please please get in touch with me to tell me your story – did you find love? A few dinners and a make-out? A first date?
*But seriously I am not judging at all because I swear I spent the greater part of 2000 hanging out at Banana Joe’s!