A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series suggests that one can find true love by quickly pairing up with different people and experimenting socially and sexually within short amounts of time.
Positive Role Models
Some of the contestants are known for being major characters on their respective TV reality shows. Some won their seasons, while others experienced difficult romantic losses. Most appear self-absorbed, but some are more earnest and respectful than others.
The cast is male and female, and primarily seem to be White, Black, and Latino. At least one contestant is openly bisexual. The series centers around heteronormative relationships.
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Violence & Scariness
Some catty behavior and lovers quarrels.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contestants make out with and share rooms with different people throughout their stay. Conversations about sexual exploits, how good their bodies look, etc. Occasional nudity (bare bottoms) is sometimes visible. Sometimes there's some crude language, too.
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Contestants freely use curse words like "s--t" and "f--k," and words like "hell," "bitch," and "douche bag" are also audible.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for other Netflix reality competitions.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (wine, hard liquor, cocktails, champagne) during evening mixers and dates.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Perfect Match is a voyeuristic reality dating competition that stars contestants from other Netflix reality shows. As one would expect from these types of shows, there's lots of suggestive content, ranging from skin revealing attire and conversations about past sexual exploits to kissing, suggestions of sexual activity, and partial nudity (bare bottoms). There's also catty behavior, boozing, and cursing ("s--t," "f--k," "hell," "bitch," "douche bag"). The series is a promotional vehicle for Netflix reality TV shows.
Is It Any Good?
The over-the-top series features people who barely know each other coupling up while trying to keep the other contestants from making a true love match. Starting from their first meeting, Perfect Match contestants flirt, kiss multiple people, have lovers quarrels, and try to make each other jealous, despite the fact that they don't really know each other or have any real commitment between them. Meanwhile, those who make it into "the boardroom" use it to create drama for the couples who seem to really hit it off. The matchmaking process is the show's main source of entertainment, given that the couplings are superficial and short lived, and most of the show consists of the contestants' endless banter about themselves and what they are looking for in a partner. It's a ridiculous premise, a fact that's underscored by the contestants, who insist that they are using the opportunity to find real love. Overall, Perfect Match is less an indulgent guilty pleasure than a silly, hedonistic project meant to promote Netflix reality shows and the people who appear on them.
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