Parents' Guide to

12 Dates of Christmas

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Witty narrator highlights the humor in racy reality show.

TV Max Reality TV 2020
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Though it tweaks the dating show formula, this series delivers exactly what you'd expect: manufactured relationships, manipulation, insincere conflict, and plenty of drinking and sexual content. The cast of 12 Dates of Christmas is large and diverse, and the opportunity for a variety of people to connect is a refreshing change from The Bachelor franchise model, in which dozens of contenders compete for the favor of one coveted person. The setting, nothing short of a winter wonderland, is a feast for the eyes and things are kept fresh by the lingering threat/promise of a new person to date showing up. What makes the series stand out most is the wry narration from Natasha Rothwell. By being in on the joke with her, the viewer isn't asked to fully buy-in to the silly premise that love can be found via a competition. Despite that delightful element, however, the show still can't stop itself from leaning into unconvincing drama around whether the couples will stay together long-term. Fans of shows like 90 Day Fiance and Love Is Blind will find plenty to enjoy here, but non-reality TV lovers won't be swayed.

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