Mujeres y hombres y viceversa
Mujeres y hombres y viceversa was a Spanish reality dating show that aired between 2008 and 2021, based on the Italian format Uomini e donne. It was hosted first by Emma García, later by Toñi Moreno, and then by Jesús Vázquez in its final months.
Several regular participants on the studio, single people known as tronistas because they sit on special chairs made to look like thrones, receive their suitors and decide with which suitors would they want to have dates, eventually choosing one as their partner or leaving alone.
Why It Sucks
- As potential contestants caught on to the fame the show brought, the tronistas became terrible role models, as most of them (male and female) were entitled, jealous jerks obsessed with looking hot and being the center of attention. It probably helped that the show presented them pretty much as prizes the suitors fought over as they watched from their thrones.
- Starting halfway through the show's run, the rule that a tronista who met with one of the suitors off camera would be immediately expelled from the show was disregarded on a regular basis for the sake of cheap drama.
- Most of the conflict was born out of petty jealousy attacks, and resulted in almost constant loud arguments on set.
- Frequent overuse of swear words by the tronistas and suitors alike, inappropriate for a show that aired at midday.
- It had one of the most toxic fan bases in the history of Spanish television, including social media revolts if the show was pushed off the schedule by breaking news coverage such as the Germanwings Flight 9525 incident.
- Increasingly desperate attempts to keep the show relevant late in its run, with panelists commenting on other reality shows and enlisting people known for other reality shows as tronistas.
- Blatant queerbaiting with Jorge Javier Vázquez's stint as a tronista, as the long-standing fan request of an homosexual tronista was only fulfilled in a last-ditch effort to get the show's ratings out of the gutter in its dying days, and eventually resulted in the show's cancellation when ratings didn't show any significant improvement.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The show still had the occasional moment of creativity, such as disguising one of the tronistas as a Na'vi.
- The show eventually became a feeder for Telecinco's 'celebrity' reality shows, with plenty of tronistas turning up on Gran Hermano VIP and/or Supervivientes after their stint on Mujeres y hombres y viceversa.
- It had a short-lived spin-off in 2010 titled Mujeres y hombres Oro for people over the age of 60.
- For years it was one of the shows that most traffic brought to the network's website, which was cited by an executive as one of the reasons why the show stayed on air for so long after its ratings started falling.
- In 2018, Mediaset España moved the show from its main channel Telecinco to its second channel Cuatro. The last episode on Telecinco and the first on Cuatro aired on the same day.