Love Is Blind

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Reality dating show has unique premise, some sexy stuff.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Introduces idea that intimate bonds should be based on things other than physical attraction, but this doesn't always hold true. Themes include family relationships, religious preferences, marriage. Stereotypes are often used when discussing (or not) ability to be comfortable with people of a different age, race, or ethnicity. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are different ages and from a range of racial, ethnic, and professional backgrounds. Some are still very focused on their dates' appearance. 

Violence

Early conversations range from being in the military and blowing things up to discussion about abusing dogs. As couples go into the real world, arguments are frequent and include yelling, screaming, and throwing drinks into people's faces. 

Sex

Strong sexual content ranging from discussions about sexual pleasure to steamy scenes in showers and bedrooms (naked backsides visible). Some talk about attraction to both men and women, while others talk about broken hearts and infidelity. 

Language

Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" become more frequent as people get to know each other more. 

Consumerism

References to sports teams. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of alcohol consumed, ranging from wine and cocktails to hard liquor. 

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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChavo27 March 5, 2020

Rollercoaster of Drama

It's probably the point but man, this is a rollercoaster of drama. Time after time it's people reacting to problems instead of taking a step back and... Continue reading
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byKmwt12 March 2, 2020

Really good show!

Apart from a little swearing this is a great show! A few f-bombs are dropped but kids 10 and up have heard such things before. This show spreads very positive m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygurgle42 March 23, 2020
Kid, 12 years old March 15, 2020

Uhhhh...

I mean. It's not a bad binge but the premise is weird. It's not a good life lesson because of the outcome. It's...meh. I got bored fast and the f... Continue reading

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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