Love Island (U.S.)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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U.S. version of dating competition has innuendo, drinking.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

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

Positive Messages

It sends problematic messages about why and how to build a romantic relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast tries to be polite, but after a while the formality ends and mean behavior begins. 

Violence

Arguments and sneaky strategizing are common. 

Sex

Lots of flirtations and innuendo, including conversations about talking about looking sexy and sexual attraction, dating, etc. Skimpy bathing suits, tight revealing outfits, and bare (male) chests are visible. People’s sexuality and sexual preferences are also discussed. 

Language

No cursing, but inappropriate comments are made from time to time. 

Consumerism

Social media outlets like Instagram are mentioned. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (champagne, cocktails, etc.).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Love Island is an adaptation of a popular British reality dating competition. There’s lots of drinking and sex talk, as well as some intense discussions about the choices and behavior of cast mates throughout the season. Social media outlets like Instagram are often mentioned, too. It’s milder than some dating reality series, but like a lot of the shows it's been inspired by, Love Island can send disturbing messages about what finding love means. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMonteyleo November 19, 2019

Fun to watch

Fun to watch as a family. Good representation of American life
Adult Written byorchid8 July 28, 2019

Completely Disappointng

The people are so disengaging. All they say is "Like". They have no personality, no character, no depth, no class. Unfortunately, it doesn't cut... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTedaley December 7, 2020

Just plain stupid

I rated this an 18+ show becuase children don't need to be filling their heads with this fake information about "love". The people that go on the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThatgurl August 29, 2020

It's pretty good but be careful

It's a good show and not too much. I think most 7th or 8th graders more could take it and it's pretty fun.

What's the story?

The U.S. version of LOVE ISLAND is an interactive reality dating show that features single men and women looking for love and a chance to win some serious cash.  Social media influencer Arielle Vandenberg, with the help of tongue-in-cheek off-screen narrator Matthew Hoffman, hosts the series, which stars a group of men and women living in isolation in a Fijian villa. Under video surveillance 24/7, they talk, party, participate in challenges for prizes, and text each other constantly. They must also be paired up with someone from the group. Meanwhile, viewers watching live can use the show’s app to vote couples off the island. The winning couple wins $100k. 

Is it any good?

This adaptation of the British series features lots of skin, tans, and snarky conversations as cast members vie for their love interests and attempt to remain on the show. But unlike many dating shows of this kind, the cast is often more civilized, and the content is a little less risqué than its British counterpart. Nonetheless, the conversations about coupling with each other are constant, and after a while, it gets a little tedious. It also sends troubling messages about how to go about building a committed relationship with a life partner. Folks who like this sort of thing will get some satisfaction from being able to make decisions about stars’ fates, but outside of this, Love Island isn't that different from most other reality shows. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of reality dating competitions. Do you think cast members are really looking for love throughout the experience, or looking to win some money? 

  • What are some of the differences between the U.S. version of Love Island vs. its British counterpart? Are these differences due to differences in culture? Laws and regulations? Or the audience? 

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