A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Love Is Blind is a reality dating show that features couples trying to build long-lasting relationships without ever seeing each other. The show tries to prove that love can be based on things beyond physical attraction, and "winning" contestants are supposed to get married four weeks after meeting each other. It contains lots of mature themes ranging from relationship challenges to infidelity, and lots of sexual content (including steamy make-out scenes with bare bottoms showing). Cursing ("s--t," "f--k") and drinking are frequent, and later episodes feature arguments that lead to yelling, crying, and things getting thrown.
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What's the story?
Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, LOVE IS BLIND is an unscripted dating series that features people hoping to discover that love is truly blind. In it, 10 men and 10 women agree to be housed separately by gender without any electronic devices. For 10 days they go on dates with someone from the opposite sex in "pods," small rooms that separate them by a thin wall so that they cannot see each other. During these meetings, the cast members have the opportunity to build intimate bonds with someone based on their conversations. If someone feels that they are in love and ready for commitment, they have the opportunity to propose marriage to the person they want to marry. If the proposal is accepted, the couple sees each other for the first time, and leaves together with a set wedding date. They have two more weeks to move in together, meet family and friends, and overcome challenges posed by the real world in order to make it to the altar and decide if they will tie the knot.
Is it any good?
This interesting social experiment underscores the idea that couples form stronger bonds when they're not distracted by physical appearance. It's a constructive reminder, especially in today's world of dating apps that are focused on physical attraction, but one has to question the wisdom behind pushing people toward a marriage proposal after spending less than two weeks on a reality show getting to know each other. Meanwhile, the cast members, who vary in age, background, race, and ethnicity, still resemble the attractive groups featured on other popular reality shows. Sex is still important to them, too. Adding to all of this is the drama that results from the engaged couples learning to live with each other's idiosyncrasies while dealing with concerned parents and other challenging issues. Bottom line? Love Is Blind's premise may be unique, but it's filled with the usual drama that makes reality dating TV a guilty pleasure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the messages Love Is Blind sends about dating, relationships, and marriage. Can a relationship evolve into a healthy marriage during a four-week appearance on a reality show? Why or why not?
How is "physical appearance" defined on the show? What are some of the issues raised about dating someone who is physically different? How are stereotypes used by people on the show to highlight these differences?
Parents and teens may want to discuss the way sex and sexual activity are discussed on the show. A lot of focus is on getting to know each other through conversation, but how do the show's participants honestly feel about the role of sex in their relationships?
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