This Underrated Netflix Reality Dating TV Show Is Better Than 'Love Is Blind' - CNET

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We're not adjacent halfway done 2022, and Netflix has already served up immoderate delicious world dating shows, from the drama-packed Love Is Blind to the salacious Too Hot to Handle.

But I person different -- amended -- addictive prime for world TV aficionados. Pour a solid of vino and unwind with this subtle, yet enthralling gem called Dating Around.

Dating Around is simply a comparatively tame dating amusement compared with the different chaotic options retired there. On Sexy Beasts, radical day portion donning creature-themed peculiar effects make-up, and connected Too Hot, singles are crammed into an land villa and told to withhold from kissing and sex. Dating Around, connected the different hand, focuses on… plain, aged archetypal dates.

That's right: The amusement is conscionable astir radical going connected casual dates successful New York and New Orleans. Each occurrence follows 1 main dater arsenic they beryllium down for 5 unsighted dates with antithetic radical astatine the aforesaid bar oregon restaurant. Though the dates hap implicit the course of a week, the amusement is edited to springiness the quality they're each happening connected the aforesaid night. (The pb daters deterioration accordant covering to propulsion this off, enforcement shaper Chris Culvenor has said). 

The stylish, visually intimate amusement seamlessly transitions betwixt idiosyncratic dates, showing america a infinitesimal of 1 day that deftly transforms into another. When the nighttime wraps up, 1 feline oregon gal usually scores a 2nd meet-up, and the amusement reveals who it is astatine the extremity of the episode. 

With each the added "stuff" connected dating shows these days, the existent "let's speech and get to cognize each other" portion tin instrumentality a backseat. Dating Around proves that conversations, flying sparks -- and adjacent the dull moments -- tin basal connected their own, and marque for vibrant, absorbing television. I consumed the 2nd season's six episodes virtually overnight.

There's nary big and nary crippled twists connected this dating amusement -- conscionable radical gathering different people, sharing drinks, nutrient and, if some parties are feeling it, heading to different late-night venue. A scope of distinct, mostly likable main daters bolster the show. Across its 2 seasons, featured daters person been Filipino and Dominican, queer and straight, successful their 20s and successful their 60s. 

A antheral   and a pistillate   stock  a array  connected  the Netflix world  amusement   Dating Around.

Leonard, a widower successful his 60s, gives unsighted dating a go.


The singles reply modular first-date questions astir their jobs, pets and what they're looking for. Some conversations fizzle, but others shine. For instance, successful play 1, Sarah and Nick deed it disconnected portion talking astir the 2004 drama Sideways. (They charmingly punctuation the aforesaid tidbit from the movie successful sync.) The show's entreaty comes from sparkling conversations and authentic first-date awkwardness, not being the benignant of happening you emotion to hate-watch. 

After the pandemic has flipped the full satellite connected its head, I'd reason we're acceptable to perceive radical beryllium and genuinely speech astir themselves. I honestly invited it. 

Obviously, not everyone hits it off. On 1 Season 2 date, pescatarian Heather is intelligibly turned disconnected erstwhile her unsighted day shares that helium enjoys hunting ducks. "I utilized to person a favored duck," Heather says, conjuring up immoderate awkward silence. But sometimes, things spell well. Really well.

A standout infinitesimal successful play 2 comes erstwhile a pb dater named Brandon flirts with a antheral named Ronald. In tune with the show's stunning visuals, multicolored New Orleans metropolis thoroughfare lights shimmer successful the backdrop. When they kiss, the camera spins astir them, creating genuinely magical world fare. 

Spoiler: Brandon amazingly doesn't take Ronald for the 2nd date. That unpredictability is besides portion of the fun. Seeing who gets the invitation to instrumentality for a day-time meet-up is conscionable 1 of the thoroughly engaging, suspenseful elements. 

There's nary deficiency of world dating amusement options these days, particularly connected Netflix. But aft you've binged each of Love is Blind, beryllium definite to docket a day with this wonderful, refreshing world show. 

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