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If you’re going on a Tinder date, and you’re worried about having a bad time, don’t fret; if your date goes poorly enough, it could be acted out by puppets. Tales From Tinder, a web series created by Emma Watts, sources real-life dating nightmares and acts them out with a cast of lovable puppets.

Each episode of Tales From Tinder features a voiceover from a narrator who has suffered an unfortunate experience on Tinder. While we listen to the gory details for each tale of dating horror, puppets act them out on screen. Sesame Street this isn’t–Tales From Tinder’s puppets gleefully engage in sex, heavy drinking, and any other activity they need to perform to make these stories entertaining for viewers.

The most popular Tales From Tinder episode profiles a man named Anton who must negotiate with his “crazy ex-girlfriend.” A light, jazzy soundtrack sets the mood, some crisp edits keep our attention, and the hilarious designs of the puppets drive many of the laughs. I’m particularly fond of the ex-girlfriend puppet, who has a disheveled look and tears pasted beneath her eyes.

The “reenactments of dating horror stories” subgenre is a fun one, and Tales From Tinder is one of the most well-rounded examples. I hope, for your sake, that you never end up as the subject of one of its episodes.


  • Cocktail Confessions. If you want more dating horror stories, this web series has you covered.
  • Horse Mask. For real horror stories, on the other hand, check out this creepy psychological drama.
  • Hotel BarclayAmerican Horror Story is not the only series exploring a terrifying hotel.
  • LI Divas. For Real Housewives fans, this parody is set on Long Island.

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