A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Defines what neurodiversity is, how it can potentially impact one's ability to interact with other people, date, etc. Challenges the many misconceptions neurotypical people may have about people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The excitement and vulnerability that one can experience while being on a date is also a theme.
Positive Role Models
Each cast member has different feelings about being, or talking about being, on the spectrum. They all have strong support networks, including family, friends, and assistants.
Each member of the neurodiverse cast features different behaviors, aptitudes, and challenges. The men and women vary in age, race, and ethnicity. One person's support network includes an LGBTQ+ couple.
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Violence & Scariness
Nothing violent, but cast members occasionally yell when excited or stressed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Conversations about learning how to kiss. Flirting, kissing, and hugging is shown. Marriage and children are sometimes topics of discussion.
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On rare occasion a curse ("f--k") is audible.
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Products & Purchases
Social media and YouTube are referenced. One cast member's company, DaniMation, is discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol consumption is shown: beer, cocktails, wine, champagne, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love on the Spectrum U.S. is a reality spinoff that features neurodiverse adults preparing for, and going on, dates. It's charming and respectful, but there's a fair amount of drinking, some flirting and kissing, and on rare occasion a swear word. Nonetheless, the overall series is very positive, and challenges the many misconceptions that neurotypical people may have about those who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder; it encourages empathy and compassion.
Is It Any Good?
Offered with sensitivity and humor, the U.S. version of the Australian series reveals the ups and downs that neurodiverse individuals experience when trying to find a partner. It highlights how each cast member, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), has their own set of different behaviors, aptitudes, and challenges that can make it difficult to navigate the dating scene. And, of course, it follows each of them as they meet new people, go out on dates, have awkward moments, flirt, and even kiss. But Love on the Spectrum U.S. is also about clearing up the many misconceptions surrounding what it means to be neurodiverse, including (but not limited to) the preconceived notions that many neurotypical people have about the desire and ability of people with ASD to date, get married, have children, and live full lives. Overall, it's sweet and honest and follows each person's story with kindness and respect.
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