Parents' Guide to

Dating Around

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Refreshingly genuine dating series has some drinking.

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This surprisingly genuine series offers an entertaining look at a diverse group of people's first date experiences. However, unlike The Bachelor-type dating competitions and matchmaker-driven shows, in which people are pressured to look or behave a certain way in order to find true love, the singles featured here have different reasons for dating, and different approaches to doing so. They aren't under pressure to continue a date if they're uncomfortable, or to even choose someone to meet a second time. As a result, what you get is a sense that what you're watching is a real dating experience.

Also unique to Dating Around is the way each of the five dates are interspersed with each other, allowing viewers to watch and easily compare the dynamics between the single and each of their dates. There are no pre or post-date interviews, either. But like any dating show, there are a few uncomfortable moments, including judgmental arguments and some unwanted lewd advances. Nonetheless, the folks here aren't forced to put up with these types of things for the audience's sake, and most of them don't, which makes the overall show feel refreshingly authentic.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 14, 2019
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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