Netflixs Dating Around Review: The One Horrifying Moment We Must Discuss

The premise of this show is exactly what the title suggests. Two complete strangers are matched by supposed experts, and the first time they meet is at their wedding. The couples have diverse backgrounds and unique situations, but the one common denominator is that they aren’t close in age. Some of the couples on this show are pretty controversial which is worth noting before giving the series a watch.

The sharpest division on the women’s side is between the women who dislike a contestant named Irina and the two who like Irina, one of whom is Irina herself. He’s got smooth moves, swift jokes and a soft spot for his mama. Now Justin is ready for real romance — and an awkward round of guess my age. But it’s shot beautifully like a movie – and really, this is a case study of the different types of people in New York, from the really annoying rats to charming nice folks. Bringing nothing special but adding entertainment to your living room, Netflix brings their own dating reality show in the form ofDating Around. Dating Around is so different than a traditional dating show that it may not be enjoyable for someone who’s used to something like The Bachelor.

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The five women he meets run the gamut of dates, good, bad, and just not right. Lilly, 26, is a true character, who arrives with a declaration that “my armpits are sweaty right now”, and continues to flummox Justin with how upfront she is, particularly when it comes to talking about her body. “You have a personality that I’ve never encountered,” he tells her, stunned, but without unkindness. Confessionals are the way of hearing what’s going on inside somebody’s brain,” she told Bustle. For a show from the genre that gave us Champagne Gate, it doesn’t get much more real than that.

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It seems like we’re so used to seeing female characters that fit into types in our TV shows that we can’t stop seeing them — even on a reality show, where we’re not watching a character, but a person. With that said, it’s not clear if there’s going to be a season 3 right now. The first season was filmed in New York City and the second season was shot in New Orleans. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, the act of dating around is looking very different right now for everybody and overall, dining out just isn’t what it used to be. Lex from episode 3 joked that Sarah does “Marie Kondo” dating.

It’s possible to find couples that will get married and stay together, but it’s also possible that much more chaotic dynamics will form. In the case of first-season cast member Jessica, her unrequited feelings for an already-engaged search without registering co-star and her determination to stay on the show despite all good sense eclipsed the show’s happy endings. Sure, co-stars Cam and Lauren seem like actual soulmates, but during a bout of sadness, Jessica fed her dog wine.

Demi appeared on ‘Dating Around’ to break her chain of dating the guys who just end up breaking her heart. She went out with Allan, Zach, Britton, Trevor, and Noel, but it was soon obvious that she felt no real connection towards the latter three. She had fun with all of them, yes, and completed every date, but it was just evident from the way she behaved and had her walls up. With Justin, Brandon was constantly flirting and enjoying his time.

During that time, following the conclusion of Feel Good, they said they fell back in love with stand-up and live performance. But what makes them stand out is how little queer or trans issues often play into their work—something intentional Martin says, particularly when it comes to SAP. While they mention recently starting low-dose T and getting top surgery last year during the special, those are hardly central ideas—Martin doesn’t intend to wade into the culture war. Someone’s knocking on death’s door here, but it’s not because of redrum – it’s that Grim Reaper of cancer unjustly shortening the life of a priest who runs a hospice ward. Rather than resigning himself to count down his numbered days, a dying man gives life to someone in need of a hand up. Famous for her cute bob and signature red lips, Dating Around star Sarah Haddon gets cuts straight to the point on her first dates.

Aside from one pair, everyone seems much better off single. I suppose there’s relief in failure because, if the gimmicks of Love Is Blind efficiently worked, then viewers at home would have to ask ourselves questions about our own ideas of relationships and romance. Given the psychological drama, it’s not a surprise that none of season two’s couples survived and only two of season three’s couples are still standing . The third season also featured the first time a couple — Raven and SK — didn’t get married at the altar, got back together after the show stopped filming, and then broke up because of a cheating scandal. Since producers amped up the emotional chaos and the number and type of interactions on the show, cast member animus and fantastically rancid relationships have also increased. “Positano is my favorite place,” one of the female contestants this season yells in her windowless couch room.

We first see the hero or heroine anxiously searching for their companion on a crowded street. To triumphant music, the date then emerges, and the two walk off together into the high-noon daylight. There are no status updates as to whether the couple in question is still dating; given that the ethos of Dating Around is one of casual experimentation, a long-term bond isn’t really the point.

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It has to keep light on its feet, but, if you stop to think about it for a moment, its shortcomings may become too much to overlook. If Rabbit Hole can maintain the balance between its silly thrills and a no-frills story, its goofy pleasures have the potential to only grow more fun. That doesn’t mean Rabbit Hole can’t get a little lost in itself. There are many scenes scattered throughout that bring the momentum way down, including delving into details about side characters; even the backstories of the leads feel disposable in their own right.

Dating Around isn’t remotely didactic, and yet through its casting, editing, and production, it focuses on the subtle ways both misunderstandings and connections can emerge across race and gender. In the current season, Demi, who is Dominican, is clearly not into a sweet gringo in a floral shirt telling a weird story about peeing in a car. Instead, she bonds with a Honduran guy over their shared Latinx identity; he talks about being arrested in a mistaken identity moment.