|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
44 minutes (3 episodes)|
22 minutes (8 episodes)
|Production company(s)||51 Minds Entertainment|
USA: Debmar-Mercury (2006–)|
Worldwide: Endemol (2008–)
|Original release||January 9 – April 24, 2005|
|Preceded by||The Surreal Life|
|Followed by||Flavor of Love|
Strange Love is an American reality television series featuring Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav that aired on VH1. Sparked by their on-screen romance in the third season of VH1's The Surreal Life, it is a spin-off that focused solely on Brigitte and Flav. The series premiered on January 9, 2005 and ended its run on April 24, 2005.
Due to mutual jealousy, the couple was constantly fighting and yelling, and they went their separate ways in the end, with Nielsen choosing instead to live with her Italian boyfriend, Mattia Dessi. Flavor Flav would go on to have his own reality show, Flavor of Love, where he continued to search for love.
- 1 Episode list
- 1.1 "The Flavor of Love"
- 1.2 "The Smack Is Back"
- 1.3 "Balls Well That Ends Well"
- 1.4 "The Wine, The Romance, and The Truth"
- 1.5 "Flav's Fried Chicken"
- 1.6 "Public Enemy Number 1"
- 1.7 "Bronx Cheers"
- 1.8 "The Family That Flav's Together, Stays Together"
- 1.9 "Flav Can't Lose"
- 1.10 "You May Now Flav the Bride"
- 1.11 "Reunion"
- 2 Controversy
- 3 References
- 4 External links
"The Flavor of Love"
First aired: January 9, 2005 (1.8M viewers)
"The Smack Is Back"
First aired: January 16, 2005
"Balls Well That Ends Well"
First aired: January 23, 2005
"The Wine, The Romance, and The Truth"
First aired: January 30, 2005
"Flav's Fried Chicken"
First aired: February 13, 2005
"Public Enemy Number 1"
First aired: February 20, 2005
First aired: March 6, 2005
"The Family That Flav's Together, Stays Together"
First aired: March 27, 2005
"Flav Can't Lose"
First aired: April 3, 2005
"You May Now Flav the Bride"
First aired: April 10, 2005
First aired: April 24, 2005
North Carolina's Reverend Paul Scott labeled Flav's performance "a coon act on a modern-day minstrel show."
Flav's friend and fellow Public Enemy member Chuck D accused VH1 of "Flavsploitation" in a journal entry regarding the March 27 episode which showed a tense conflict between Flav, three of his children and their mother.
"Peeps will let the Bridgette [sic] thing perhaps slide, but not the wild statements and what seems like a disrespect conflict on camera with his children and their mother. Last week, it was that same part of his family who went on Wendy Williams' program and launched the worst on-air diatribe ever directed at a father by his children."
Flav responded by saying,
"I want Strange Love to be a mirror for them. I want them to see themselves, because they did disrespect me also. But that's their mother. When children grow up without both parents, there's an imbalance — and what you see on the show with my kids is an imbalance…But I love my kids."
- Nordyke, Kimberly (10 August 2006). "Debmar-Mercury gets a 'Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. 395: 3. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- Larson, Megan (11 January 2005). "Three VH1 Celeb Series Draw Viewers". Mediaweek. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
- Petridis, Alexis (4 November 2005). "Still raging after all these years". The Guardian. p. 11. Retrieved 27 Mar 2010.
- D, Chuck (2005-01-28). "FLAVploitation?". publicenemy.com.
- Ford, Tracy (2005-03-28). "Chuck D, Flav Square Off". Rolling Stone.