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 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.
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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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