Parents' Guide to

Indian Matchmaking

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bingeable dating show raises questions about class, culture.

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This fun but challenging series offers an interesting, and troubling, look at what modern-day Indian matchmaking is like. It offers a cultural perspective on the practice, but it doesn't heavily exoticize the experience to make it more entertaining for non-Indian viewers. In fact, much of what is presented here is a lot like any other dating series: People go on blind dates, experience some uncomfortable moments, and share their thoughts about each other. But the pressure placed on some of the young singles featured here keeps reminding you that these meetings are part of a process that is only considered successful if it culminates in marriage.

Some viewers will find the methods used to match people, and to improve their odds of finding someone compatible, fascinating. However, the discussions about finding "suitable" matches among Indian singles, an idea originating from ancient Hindu caste system, also highlight a way of thinking that many Indians today consider sexist, racist, and, to an extent, classist. Some may also see this unscripted show as a vehicle for reinforcing Western stereotypes about India and Indian culture. Ultimately, Indian Matchmaking offers some solid reality entertainment, but what it sets out to accomplish beyond this isn't clear.

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