Are You For Real?

Are You For Real?

AYFR?: Space Mission title screen.



Created by


Presented by


Produced by

Euphoria Network

Country of origin

United States (US)

Running time

50-75 minutes


October 20th 2047

Are You For Real?, commonly abbreviated as AYFR?, is an American reality show created by Earlybird and produced by the Euphoria Network that began airing in November 2047.

In the hopes of finding love, a group of single contestants is confined to a remote location and tasked with truth-or-dare games generated by Cupoid, the show’s artificial intelligence (AI) host. AYFR? is widely considered to be the first reality show in the elimination romance competition genre generated and hosted entirely by a dreaming AI.

In December 2048, a second season dubbed AYFR?: Space Mission premiered, evolving the original premise by confining contestants to an artificial spacecraft and assigning them to group tasks in which one contestant is always an AI saboteur played by Cupoid.

In February 2049, production and airing of AYFR?: Space Mission was halted when a contestant was killed by another during filming. The murder investigation has led to the highly publicised Cupoid’s Arrow murder trial, with the jury having gone into deliberation as of October 4th 2049. Euphoria has not announced plans to resume production or airing.



AYFR?’s official host is Cupoid, an AI with an avatar based on Cupid.

Are You For Real? contestants move into a single location and are divided into couples by Cupoid, the show’s artificial intelligence (AI) host. Each day, Cupoid generates both dialogue prompts (Truths) and group tasks (Dares) aimed at generating intimacy between the couples. Couples who successfully complete challenges win the opportunity to add keywords or phrases to Cupoid’s training data, potentially influencing the upcoming prompts.

A key component of the format is that couples are only allowed to speak to each other face-to-face during Cupoid’s Truth phases. At the end of each day, contestants visit the Verify Booth to exchange messages with their partner and are challenged to guess whether they are speaking to a real person or Cupoid’s simulation of that person. Couples who fail to Verify each other have to wear orange jumpsuits branded with the word FAKE and spend the night in the Fake Room at risk of elimination.

History and development

Season 1: Mansion House


AYFR? creator Earlybird, pictured in 2048.

The first season of AYFR? is commonly referred to by fans as AYFR?: Mansion House to distinguish it from the second season, which centres on AI-generated games involving a more complex premise.

Showrunner Earlybird‘s initial pitch to the Euphoria Network proposed a competition dating show predicated on training AI on data created by the contestants themselves. Earlybird also wanted to explore whether contestants could differentiate between requests and instructions from one another and those given by an AI. Euphoria tentatively greenlit AYFR? for a single six-episode season, citing the experimental format and Earlybird’s “anxiety-inducing resume” as cause for hesitation. [1]

After the first episode was released on October 20th 2047, the show steadily picked up a dedicated viewership. A record-breaking 39.8 million Euphoria subscribers tuned in for the season finale, during which finalist couple Jenyzcia Lake and Marsh Fubbins both correctly identified that each had been taking dares from the other, not Cupoid. Lake and Fubbins also surprised one another with a mutual commitment proposal at the first season’s reunion episode, watched by 15.9 million subscribers. [2]

Episode Episode title Winning couple Cupoid? Original stream date
1 “Time To Get Real” Ruann/Marsh Y/N 20/11/2047
2 “Two Texts And A Truth” Oli/Rajinder Y/Y 27/11/2047
3 “Reality Bites Back” Ruann/Jenyzcia N/Y 04/12/2047
4 “Cupoid’s Arrow Flies True” Jenyzcia/Marsh Y/Y 11/12/2047
5 “Real Trouble In Paradise!” Candido/Rajinder N/Y 18/12/2047
6 “The Moment Of Truth” Jenyzcia/Marsh N/N 25/12/2047

Season 2: Space Mission

Following the success of the first season, Euphoria commissioned Earlybird to produce a more robust second season, similarly based on contestants engaging with AI-generated objectives and story content. The network believed the first season owed its success to audiences captivated by the “game” of distinguishing real people from an AI trained to emulate them, and tasked Earlybird with further developing this angle through the use of iconic “hidden role” contestants. [3]

AYFR?: Space Mission was conceived by Earlybird from the beginning as a twelve-episode story arc. Its first episode premiered to a peak viewership of 41 million subscribers, though participation steadily dropped to about eight million subscribers per episode with the exception of the fourth episode, “In Space, No One Can Hear You Rap.” This episode featured Code Aberrant as a guest judge and brought in 22 million subscribers. On February 4th 2049, production on AYFR?: Space Mission was halted after a contestant was found murdered by another in the game’s Airlock Zone.

Episode Episode title Description Cupoid challenge theme Original stream date
1 “A Space All Of Our Own” Twelve new singles join Cupoid in space for a surprise elimination ceremony. HEART 13/12/2048
2 “Love You To The Moon And Back” Cupoid shocks the remaining contestants with a big reveal. TICKLE 20/12/2048
3 “Airlock Of Truth” Things heat up on the space station as two lucky singles are chosen for the Airlock Zone. DISEASE 27/12/2048
4 “In Space, No One Can Hear You Rap” The space team singles rap battle for the chance to repair the communications panel. RAP 03/01/2049
5 “Just Trying To Get A Reaction” The eight singles form two teams and try to suss out a saboteur in the Reactor Core. MOTHER 10/01/2049
6 “Cupoid Tells All!” Cupoid shocks the remaining contestants with a big reveal. ALIEN 17/01/2049
7 “Cupoid Tells All! (Part 2)” It’s drama time for the four remaining contestants as they struggle to guess which one of them is an AI saboteur. REPAIR 24/01/2049
8 “White Party” The couples enjoy some in-person time to celebrate and connect after the drama they’ve faced. THROTTLE 31/01/2049
9 “Meet The Parents” N/A N/A N/A

See also


  1. Nakahara, S. (April 2048). “Fake Room Confessions: The Real Story of AYFR.” The Guardian
  2. Pasquale, K; King, K. (December 2047). “ARE YOU FOR REAL? SEASON FINALE!” Are You Fan Really? The Euphoria Fancast! 
  3. Billings, M. (February 2048). “Can A Game Make You Cry? One AI-Loving Designer Says Yes.” Ninjaku