Web Video: Burning Love

Burning Love is a web series parody of reality dating shows like The Bachelor and Rock of Love. Starring Ken Marino and Michael Ian Black, firefighter Mark must follow his heart to select one woman from fifteen to propose to. Many actors from The State and Party Down make an appearance. Despite that, Rob Thomas has nothing to do with the series.

Hosted here on Hulu.

This Web Series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Mark continuously fumbles up on the pronunciation of Titi's name. No points for guessing what it is.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of a variety of reality dating shows, most obviously The Bachelor.
    • Season 3 (Burning Love: Burning Down The House) takes aim at Bachelor Pad.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • In the second season, Julie falls for Blaze repeatedly even though he's a jerk who just wants to yank her chain. He manages to break her heart three times before she takes the hint.
    • Subverted in the third season, where only Lexie wants Blaze as a bad boy. Julie has learned her lesson about him, and Annie only gets together with him when he Takes A Level In Kindness. And even then, Annie dumps him in the end for money, leaving him alone and heartbroken.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Hathwell in season 3.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Annie, as revealed in the Grand Finale.
  • Butch Lesbian: In addition to being a lesbian, Carly is very physically fit and has a tough attitude.
  • Butt Monkey: Hathwell, the Burning Love superfan who gets to compete in season 3, is openly loathed by everyone else, but he's so thrilled to be on the show he doesn't care.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lexie becomes obsessed with Mark, to the point where she intrudes on his every conversation with a female contestant.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in season 3, where Lexie becomes so obsessed with Blaze that she tries to poison Annie when they start dating, but Mark ends up drinking it by accident.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Despite her Transparent Closet, Mark absolutely cannot figure out that Carly is a lesbian and keeps picking her. He also doesn't get the obvious fact that Ballerina is actually a man.
  • Confession Cam: Where the characters can discuss how they won, lost, or are totally not gay.
  • The Ditz:
  • Hidden Depths: Host Bill Tundle also writes poetry.
  • Ironic Nickname: The neurotic Jolly Wally in season 2 (with the irony increased by having Michael Cera play the role).
  • Limited Lyrics Song: The song constantly sung by Country Music wannabe singer Teddy in season 2
    Ain't got time for love
    Ain't got time for you
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Noah in season 3.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bill Tundle is such an exact parody of The Bachelor host Chris Harrison that for a while the Burning Love Wikipedia page actually listed Michael Ian Black as playing Harrison.
  • Only Sane Man: Annie and, when her love interests aren't involved, Carly.
  • Third-Option Love Interest:
    • Mark ends up rejecting both finalists of his season in favour of another woman who was sent home earlier. This woman, Ballerina, is turned down as well when he learns she's transexual, and Mark ends up getting together with fourth option Tamara G instead.
    • In Julie's season, she also turns down both finalists in favor of a third man. Said third man, Blaze, ditches her immediately, leaving her to take a fourth option as well by marrying Mark.
  • Time Skip: The finale of the first season includes a trailer for the next season to be titled "Burning Love: Hot For Teacher," starring Annie as the new bachelorette choosing between prospective bachelors. The actual second season is the third in-universe and often refers back to the events of "Hot For Teacher," which was never actually produced.
  • Transparent Closet: Janet Varney's character is clearly interested in the ladies, and is doing an absolutely terrible job of hiding it.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Allison in season 2.