What Would TV Do? Dating
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life's mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television.

With Valentine's Day coming up, a lot of us are under pressure to plan the perfect date. But what does that mean? Flowers? A romantic location? A big night out on the town? It's just not that easy to know what will make the day perfect.

But don't fret -- television can help you out. Every year, dozens of TV couples successfully date -- only a few romantic liaisons end in death or suffering. By watching television, you too can achieve a successful date for Valentine's Day.

What would TV do?

Bigger is better.
If you don't have a lot of time to learn TV-dating pointers, just stick to the show that does dating the best: The Bachelor.

From this seminal television-dating manual, you will learn one very important point: there is no such thing as "too big" on a date. A full night in an abandoned carnival? Both romantic and horror-movie creepy! A private concert by a mid-level pop band in a famous concert venue? This just shows your love!

Why just go to a bar when so many options are available?

Role-play to keep the spark alive.
Everyday life can seriously kill romance over time. That's why television encourages you to role play when you want to make the mood as romantic as possible. When Claire and Phil on Modern Family wanted the perfect Valentine's evening, they "met" at a bar while pretending to be strangers.

Just watch out for romance-destroying escalators. Nothing kills the mood faster than potential disrobing in public.

There's no such thing as too much crazy in romance.
When Ted of How I Met Your Mother wanted to take his ultra-busy crush out on a date, he went a little insane. OK, he went a lot insane. Stella only had a few minutes of free each day, so Ted fit an entire evening's date into the allotted time. It was a cute stunt, but repeated three-second rides in a taxi and two-bite meals are pretty much nuts.

But it was romantic, so it worked.

Go for that perfect setting.
Setting is key to television dating. Why else did the titular hero of Chuck spend so much time finding the right occasion to propose to Sarah? Like Chuck, you can make your significant other understand the true feelings of the moment with an intimate restaurant, a sunset in the French countryside or a balcony by the light of the full Moon.

Still, TV knows that even the best romantic settings can sometimes fail you. That's why Chuck eventually settled for proposing in a hallway. With a janitor working nearby. But it's unlikely that your romantic evening will be interrupted by foreign criminals or government agents, so keep trying for that perfect setting.

Are you all set? Ready for Valentine's Day? If not, don't fret. You can always stay home with your TV on the big night. I hear The Bachelor is going to be on...

(Images courtesy of ABC, CBS and NBC)