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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 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.
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What's the Story?
PERFECT MATCH features former participants of Netflix reality competition TV shows vying for love. Hosted by Nick Lachey, it begins with 10 single cast members from Too Hot to Handle, Sexy Beasts, The Ultimatum, Selling Tampa, Love Is Blind, The Mole, Twentysomethings: Austin, and The Circle franchise trying to pair up in a luxurious Panamanian villa. The coupled housemates then get to compete for a luxury date and access to "the boardroom," where, with the use of a giant touchscreen, they have the power to break other couples up and reshuffle them. They also have the chance to invite additional single reality cast members to join the group and date a housemate. Meanwhile, the cast spends its evenings deciding whether they want to stick it out with their current matches, or if they want to try someone else. At the end of each night, the person who doesn't have a match is sent home. The two people who are paired and want to remain a together at the end of the experience are considered the perfect match and win a mystery prize.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about dating competitions. Do contestants really expect to find true love by appearing on these shows? Or are they simply seeking a celebrity spotlight?
Was Perfect Match produced to be a marketing tool for Netflix? Or is it simply another reality show that features a new concept for entertainment purposes?
- Premiere date: February 14, 2023
- Cast: Nick Lachey
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Game Shows
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
Our Editors Recommend
Love Is Blind
Reality dating show has unique premise, some sexy stuff.
The Mole (2022)
Lively game show reboot has sabotage, cursing.
Entertaining dating reality series has mature content.
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