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Finding Prince Charming is a reality dating show on LOGO.

Hosted by Lance Bass, it could be easily summed up as "Gay Bachelor'', featuring cast full of gay men vying for the affections of their titular Prince Charming through a series of challenges and one-on-one time with him.

Season one's Prince Charming is Robert Sepulveda Jr., an interior designer from Atlanta, Georgia. A second season was announced and voting on some the suitors to appear was even held online, but since then any news of the second season has been nonexistent and show has been assumed to have been quietly cancelled.

Finding Prince Charming is notable for being the first gay reality dating show on American television, Bravo's Boy Meets Boy note  a decade earlier notwithstanding.


Finding Prince Charming provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted by many of the suitors, who claim to be monogamous and relationship-oriented. Some might argue, however, that the trope was played straight (pun not intended) with Prince Charming himself.
  • Balanced Harem: A rare all-male version of this trope.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Brodney is technically the third suitor eliminated, but he's still gone by the end of the first episode regardless.
    • Also features an aversion of this trope as Dillon made it to the final three before quitting.
  • Beach Episode: The second episode of season two sees everybody spending time with Robert at the beach.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Dillon.
  • Breakout Character: Robby quickly became a favorite with his bubbly personality and witticisms.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Naturally, given the premise. Lance Bass makes a point of spelling it out in the premiere episode, knowing some viewers may remember the aforementioned Boy Meets Boy, which was only kind of a gay dating show.
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  • Confession Cam: Like most other competitive reality shows.
  • Harem Seeker: Prince Charming. Robert is season one's.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Robert's reason for joining the show. Many of the contestants are also here for that same reason.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Invoked by X in the season one premiere, telling Robert this verbatim while trying to steal some time alone with him.
  • Lover Tug-of-War: As per the norm with these reality dating shows. It's twelve guys competing for the attention of one man.
  • Monochrome Casting: It's too early to tell whether or not this show will fall into the racist pitfalls of The Bachelor and its spin-offs, but for what it's worth, Robert himself is of Puerto Rican descent. That said, the first elimination saw one of the cast's few black men being given the boot.
  • Mr. Fanservice: While just about every guy on this show is attractive in their own way, they all regard Robert in this way.
  • My Nayme Is: Jasen's uncommon spelling of the name "Jason."
  • Pool Scene: Did you really think a show with this many attractive gay men would make it past the first episode without gratuitous swimsuit shots of its participants?
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Many of the suitors are totally off-base about Robert's feelings toward them at any given moment.
    • Particularly egregious with Chad, who dramatically shouted "I don't do players!" upon quitting the show. Whether he was emotionally imbalanced or just didn't quite understand the presence will never be understood.
  • Reality TV Show Mansion: One filled with attractive gay men, in this case.
  • The Reveal: One of the suitors, Eric, reveals he is HIV positive.
  • Spiteful Spit: Sam during a particularly nasty argument with Dillon. Afterward, Sam quits the show.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Three of the suitors - Sam, Chad, and Dillon - end up quitting the series voluntarily. Chad's "I quit" moment is particularly fiery, as he flings down his tie at Robert's feet and tells him, "I don't do players."
  • Token Minority: Brodney, Danique, and Dillon are the only non-white suitors in the first season. Brandon is Latino, but fairly light-skinned and could be mistaken for white.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Charlie, Nick, and Brodney are the first three suitors eliminated in episode one.


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