A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reinforces the idea that single people may have lost out on finding their love match because they didn't realize that they'd met them years before. Encourages reconsidering youthful choices.
Positive Role Models
Some of the Singles aren't very confident in themselves, or are dealing with issues from their past. The matches that come through The Portal try to support each other, but this erodes as they begin competing for someone's interest. Sometimes people reveal things about themselves that aren't very positive.
The Singles and the folks from their past are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds, professional trajectories, etc. Some are open members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Violence & Scariness
Conversations about being bullied as a teenager, losing a parent to illness, and other difficult situations are had. One Single has to gently push a potential match away when he tries to touch and kiss her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's lots of strong sexual innuendo, ranging from flirting and suggestive comments to hand holding, kissing, and more intense moments. Women often wear skimpy bikinis and tight outfits.
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Words like "damn" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, champagne) is often visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The One That Got Away is an unscripted dating series featuring people looking for love among past acquaintances. There's strong sexual innuendo, including scenes of people flirting, kissing, fondling, etc. Swearing is frequent, and drinking (wine, champagne) is often visible. Conversations address topics ranging from bullying and struggles with coming out to the death of a parent.
Is It Any Good?
The voyeuristic social experiment attempts to bring people together who may or may not have been a perfect love match at another time in their lives. As is typical of dating shows, most of the cast consists of a range of characters, including "the nice guy," the "womanizer," "the broken-hearted," and the "just plain weird." The entertainment comes from the endless conversations about relationships, and from the sexually charged interactions during dates and other private moments. The series also attempts to create some flair by using dramatic sound effects when someone crosses through The Portal, and by introducing new people and sensitive information to the Singles at inopportune moments. It all feels contrived, but viewers who like these sorts of unscripted dating theatrics will find The One That Got Away to be a guilty pleasure.
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