The Dating Guy

The Dating Guy
Created by
  • Matt Hornburg
  • Mark Bishop
Voices of
Composer(s) Jono Grant
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • John Morayniss
  • Frank Saperstein
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Entertainment One
Original network
Original release October 17, 2010 (2010-10-17) – May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)
External links
Production website

The Dating Guy is a Canadian animated series that originally aired on Teletoon at Night[1] starting on October 17, 2010[2] and ending on May 8, 2011.[3] In the United States, it aired on HDNet starting on September 17, 2009.[4]

The show was created by Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop, with executive producers being John Morayniss and Frank Saperstein.[5] Produced by marblemedia and Entertainment One, the show also has a Gemini Award-winning tie-in website, with two web series: The Morning After Show, which discusses episodes of the main show, and Dr. Love, which features an indepth look at dating;[6] unlike the show, the web series are live action.[7]

The show's premise revolves around the adventures of four Canadian twenty-something friends living in Downtown Toronto, looking for love in all the wrong places.[8] Guests such as Russell Peters and Howie Mandel appear on the show.[9]


The show's existence was first noted in 2006; at the time, C.O.R.E. was slated to provide animation services.[10] By 2007, a different animation studio was being sought, with the show then-scheduled to premiere in late 2008. Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto was the animation service.[11] and later in March 2009.[12]

According to Frank Saperstein, the idea behind the show is based on the real-life dating experience of one of its creators.[13] The influence of the founders of marblemedia, Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop, on the show's premise has also been noted.[14]


The show focuses on four main characters who constitute a group of friends, Mark, VJ, Woody, and Sam, and a number of recurring characters.[15]

Main characters

Recurring characters


The show ran for two seasons of 13 episodes each.[20]

Season 1

The Dating Guy season 1 episodes
No. in
No. in
Title American air date
11"Bonnie & Mark"September 17, 2009
22"Beaver Fever"September 24, 2009
33"Boner Donor"October 1, 2009
44"A Taste of Wang"October 8, 2009
55"Statute of Limitations"October 15, 2009
66"Yummy Dummy"October 22, 2009
77"Really Bad Lieutenant"October 29, 2009
88"Captain Petard"November 5, 2009
99"There's Something About Amelia"November 12, 2009
1010"Cherry Sundae"November 19, 2009
1111"Woodyplicity"December 3, 2009
1212"Wind Tunnel"December 10, 2009
1313"He's Here and He's Queer"December 17, 2009

Season 2

The Dating Guy season 2 episodes
No. in
No. in
Title American air date
141"24ish"October 6, 2010
152"Perfect 10 Killer"October 13, 2010
163"Incredible Shrinking Woody"October 20, 2010
174"AssPocalypse Now"October 27, 2010
185"Leprechaun Interrupted"November 3, 2010
196"Gross Encounters of the Virgin Kind"November 10, 2010
207"VJ and the Holy Boner"November 17, 2010
218"Spontaneous Skidmark"November 24, 2010
229"Spanking the Monkey"December 1, 2010
2310"Brother From Another Tanning Booth"December 8, 2010
2411"Too Fast Too Dexler"December 15, 2010
2512"Weekend at Booyah's"December 22, 2010
2613"20,000 VJ's Under the Sea"December 29, 2010


A review of the show prior to its release on Teletoon praised it for its humour but criticized it for a perceived lack of polish.[21] A review of the DVD rated it 2/5, praising the show's eccentricity and references to Canadian culture but criticizing its humour and storyline.[22]

The Dating Guy has also been criticized for allegedly being a ripoff of the webcomic Least I Could Do, which was reportedly submitted to Teletoon to create an animated series that did not come to fruition.[23] Teletoon has reportedly denied the accusation.[24]

Awards and nominations

The Dating Guy awards and nominations
Year Association Category Nominee Result Ref.
2011 Gemini Awards Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction Won [25]

Home video releases

A DVD containing only Season 1 was released on April 26, 2011.[26] The first season was also released for online viewing on the US version of Amazon Video.[27] The entire show is available from the Canadian iTunes Store.[28] Seasons 1 and 2 are both available on the US version of Hulu.[29]


  1. "Teletoon Unveils Teletoon at Night's Fall 2010 Programming Highlights". Channel Canada. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  2. "Teletoon Canada Inc. | Teletoon At Night'S Original Series The Dating Guy Serves Up A Comedy Cocktail With A Provocative Twist". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2013-08-13.
  3. "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
  4. "Dallas' HDNet debuts "The Dating Guy" | | Dallas/Fort Worth". 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  5. AWN | Animation World Network (2007-10-23). "Marblemedia Finds Blueprint for Dating | AWN | Animation World Network". AWN. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  6. "marblemedia". marblemedia. 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  7. Emily Claire Afan (2010-10-15). "Teletoon kicks off new A18-34 block Sunday » Playback". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  8. "The Dating Guy | TELETOON at Night". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  9. Metro, Staff (2010-10-14). "Romance gets animated on The Dating Guy | Metro". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  10. "Teletoon gets a date » Playback". 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  11. "Blueprint, marblemedia go Dating » Playback". 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  12. AWN | Animation World Network (2008-04-02). "Dating Guy To Hit Teletoon | AWN | Animation World Network". AWN. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  13. Ramin Zahed (2009-03-31). "Executive Q&A: MIPTV 2009". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  14. Katie Bailey (2011-12-12). "Best of the Year: marblemedia » Playback". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  15. "". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  16. "Mark Dexler". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  17. "VJ Mendhi". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  18. "Woody Jenkins". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  19. "Sam Goldman". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  20. "The Dating Guy - Episode Guide - Zap2it". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  21. Avril Lavigne. "Sneak A Peek: The Dating Guy | Mike's Bloggity Blog | Canada's Entertainment Blog | Movies, Television, Music, Radio". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  22. "The Dating Guy: Season 1 | DVD Reviews". 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  23. "Ryan Sohmer wants you to help make an LICD cartoon a reality!". The Webcomic Overlook. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  24. "Teletoon responds to the LICD discussion". The Webcomic Overlook. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  26. "Dating Guy - Season 1 / Célibataire cherche - Saison 1 Bilingual: Fab Filippo, Sean Francis, Lauren Ash: DVD". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  27. comiXology. "The Dating Guy: Season 1, Episode 1 "Bonnie & Mark": Amazon Video". Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  28. "iTunes - TV Shows - The Dating Guy, Season 1". 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  29. "Hulu - TV Shows - The Dating Guy". Retrieved 2016-01-05.
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