Love Is Blind (TV series)

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Love Is Blind
Love is Blind title card.png
Title card for the series.
GenreReality
Presented by
Starring
SEASON 1
  • Amber Barnett
  • Matthew Barnett
  • Lauren Hamilton
  • Cameron Hamilton
  • Mark Cuevas
  • Damian Powers
  • Jessica Batten
  • Giannina Gibelli
  • Carlton Morton
  • Kenny Barnes
  • Kelly Chase
  • Diamond Jack
SEASON 2
  • Iyanna Jones
  • Jarrett Jones
  • Danielle Thompson
  • Nick Thompson
  • Natalie Lee
  • Deepti Vempati
  • Shayne Jansen
  • Abhishek 'Shake' Chatterjee
  • Mallory Zapata
  • Shaina Hurley
  • Salvador Perez
  • Kyle Abrams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes25
Production
Executive producers
  • Chris Coelen
  • Sam Dean
  • Ally Simpson
  • Eric Detwiler
  • Terrance Villarreal
Running time48–84 minutes
Production companyKinetic Content
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9
Original releaseFebruary 13, 2020 (2020-02-13) –
present (present)

Love Is Blind is a dating reality television series produced by Kinetic Content[1] and created by Chris Coelen[2] that premiered on Netflix on February 13, 2020, as part of a three-week event.[3] The series has been compared to Married at First Sight, which was also produced by Kinetic Content,[1] and The Bachelor.[4] The first season was followed by a reunion special on Netflix and YouTube on March 5.[5]

Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a second and third season on March 24, 2020.[6][7] The second season premiered on February 11, 2022 and concluded on February 25, 2022.[8] The third season was filmed back-to-back with season two, and takes place in Dallas, Texas.[9] Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a fourth and fifth season on March 24, 2022.[10]

A Brazilian adaptation of Love Is Blind premiered on October 6, 2021, as part of a three-week event.[11][12] A Japanese adaptation premiered on February 8, 2022.[13]

Format[edit]

The series follows fifteen men and fifteen women, all from the same metropolitan area, hoping to find love. For 10 days, the men and women date each other in purpose-built "pods" where they can talk to each other through a speaker but not see each other. They are initially paired in a speed-dating format, but later can choose to have longer dates.[14] The daters may extend a marriage proposal whenever they feel ready.[15] A couple meets face to face only after a marriage proposal is accepted. The engaged couples then head to a couples' retreat at a resort. During this trip, they spend time getting to know their partners and have their first opportunity to be physically intimate. They also meet the other couples participating in the experiment.[16][17]

Following the couples' retreat, the engaged couples move to the same apartment complex in the city where they live. While at the apartments, they meet their partners' friends and families and learn more about their partners' lives, exploring issues such as finances, recreation, personal habits, and their ultimate primary residence. They also plan weddings to be held at the end of four weeks. During this wedding planning period the group of women go wedding dress shopping and the men go suit shopping together, bringing a few friends and/or family members along. They also make choices such as the design and flavor of their wedding cake. At the altar, each participant decides whether or not to say "I do."

Season summary[edit]

Season 1 (February 13 – March 5, 2020)
Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Lauren Speed & Cameron Hamilton Yes Yes Married in November 2018; still together as of August 2022.[18][19]
Amber Pike & Matthew Barnett Yes Yes Married in November 2018; still together as of August 2022.[20][21]
Giannina Gibelli & Damian Powers No No Split on their wedding day after Damian said no (Giannina said yes). During the reunion special, it is revealed that they had gotten back together.[22] After the airing of After the Altar, Giannina revealed the couple had broken up in early 2021.[23]
Jessica Batten & Mark Cuevas No No Jessica left Mark at the altar on their wedding day.[24][25] Mark did not attend filming for "After the Altar" but is now dating Aubrey Rainey. Together Mark and Aubrey now have two sons.[26]
Kelly Chase & Kenny Barnes No No Split on their wedding day after Kelly said no. During the reunion special, it is revealed that Kenny is in a relationship.[27]
Diamond Jack & Carlton Morton No No The relationship imploded after a dramatic fight during the couple's trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, during which they fought about Carlton's bisexuality, his lack of communication, and Carlton's derogatory comments about Diamond.[28]
Season 2 (February 11 – 25, 2022)
Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Iyanna McNeely & Jarrette Jones Yes Yes Married in June 2021; still together as of August 2022.[29]
Danielle Ruhl & Nick Thompson Yes Yes Married in June 2021; still together as of August 2022.
Natalie Lee & Shayne Jansen No No Split on their wedding day after Natalie said no (Shayne said yes). Natalie confirmed they tried dating again after filming, but broke up amicably before the reunion.[30]
Deepti Vempati & Abhishek 'Shake' Chatterjee No No Split on their wedding day after Deepti said no.[31]
Mallory Zapata & Salvador Perez No No Split on their wedding day after Sal said no. During the reunion special, it is revealed they went on a date after filming, but that Sal is now dating someone else.
Shaina Hurley & Kyle Abrams No No Shaina left during the couple's trip to Cancún, Mexico, and officially ended the relationship after Kyle met her family.[32] During the reunion special, Shaina reveals she is in a relationship.

Contestants[edit]

Love Is Blind season 1 contestants
Name Age Occupation Hometown Relationship Status
Lauren Speed 32 Content Creator Detroit, Michigan Married, November 2018
Cameron Hamilton 28 Data Scientist Lee, Maine
Amber Pike 27 Ex-Tank Mechanic Augusta, Georgia Married, November 2018
Matthew Barnett 27 Engineer Canton, Georgia
Giannina Gibelli 25 Business Owner Caracas, Venezuela Broke up at the beginning of 2021
Damian Powers 27 ex-General Manager Heidelberg, Germany
Jessica Batten 34 Regional Manager Rock Falls, Illinois Split at the wedding
Mark Cuevas 24 Fitness Trainer Chicago, Illinois
Kelly Chase 33 Holistic Health & Empowerment Coach Atlanta, Georgia Split at the wedding
Kenny Barnes 27 Sales California
Diamond Jack 28 Former NBA Dancer Atlanta, Georgia Split before the wedding
Carlton Morton 34 Social Media Marketer Louisiana
Danielle Drouin 27 Yoga Instructor Atlanta, Georgia Split before the wedding[a]
Rory Newbrough 28 Senior Consultant & Content Creator Alpharetta, Georgia
Lexie Skipper 26 Sales Manager Lexington, South Carolina Split before the wedding[a]
Westley Baer 27 Sales Manager and Life Coach Georgia
Lauren "LC" Chamblin 26 Recruiter/Account Executive Atlanta, Georgia Not engaged
Matt Thomas 28 Director
Taylor Lupton 31 Creative Director
Ryan Martin 29 Automotive Sales
Alyson Costa 36 Pediatric Nurse Client Relations Director
Andy Rickert 30 Welder
Briana Holmes 24 CEO
Kenneth Smith 36 Master Barber & Shop Owner
Ebony Alexis 30 Journalist
Jon Smith 38 CEO
India Bridgeforth 29 Project Manager
Mikey Cobb 31 Business Analyst
Kay Mitchell 30 Administrative Director
Lillie Williams 36 CEO


Love Is Blind season 2 contestants
Name Age Occupation Hometown Relationship Status
Iyanna McNeely 27 Program Coordinator Chicago, Illinois Married, June 2021
Jarrette Jones 32 Project Manager
Danielle Ruhl 29 Associate Director of Marketing Married, June 2021
Nick Thompson 36 VP of Product Marketing
Natalie Lee 29 Consulting Manager Split at the wedding
Shayne Jansen 32 Realtor
Abhishek 'Shake' Chatterjee 33 Veterinarian/House DJ Split at the wedding
Deepti Vempati 31 Information Data Analyst
Salvador Perez 31 Executive Assistant Split at the wedding
Mallory Zapata 32 Communications Manager
Shaina Hurley 32 Freelance Hairstylist Split before the wedding
Kyle Abrams 29 Glazier
Caitlin McKee 31 Medical Sales Professional Split before the wedding[a]
James "Joey" Miller 30 Business Strategy Consultant
Jason Beaumont 31 Flight Attendant Split before the wedding[a]
Kara Williams 32 Client Service Manager
Aja Johnson 28 Paralegal Not engaged
Brandon McGhee 36 Insurance Broker
Brian Ngo 32 Advertising Strategist
Chassidy Mickale 34 Business Owner
Haseeb Hussain 28 Lawyer
Hope Antoniello 32 Sales Manager
Jeremy Hartwell 36 Director/Entrepreneur
Juhie Faheem 31 Clinical Therapist
Julius Cacho 39 Logistics Manager
Olivia Harris 29 Recruitment Partner
Rocky Smith 30 Executive
Shea'na Grigsby 36 Event Partnership Director
Trisha Frame 30 Real Estate Broker
Vito Salamone 33 Pizzeria Owner


Notes

  1. ^ a b c d This relationship and engagement was not aired in the final cut, but was confirmed by the series creator, Chris Coelen.[2][33][34]


Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
11411February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)
3July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
211February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

On January 30, 2020, it was announced that Love Is Blind would be released across three weeks. The first five episodes were released on February 13, with four episodes the following week. The finale was released on February 27, 2020.[3] A reunion episode was released on March 5 on Netflix and YouTube. A 3-part companion piece entitled "After The Altar" was released on July 28, 2021.

Love Is Blind season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [3]Original release date [3]
Week 1
11"Is Love Blind?"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
22"Will You Marry Me?"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
33"First Night Together"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
44"Couples Retreat"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
55"Last Night in Paradise"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
Week 2
66"Moving in Together"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
77"Meet the Parents"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
88"Countdown to I Do's"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
99"Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
Week 3
1010"The Weddings"February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)
Special
1111"The Reunion"March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)
After The Altar
1212"After The Altar: Two Years Later"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
1313"After The Altar: Married, Single, and It's Complicated"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
1414"After The Altar: Celebrations and Confrontations"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

Love Is Blind season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
Week 1
151"The Pods Are Open"February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
162"Love Triangles"February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
173"Love In Paradise"February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
184"Meet The Other Couples"February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
195"Leaving Paradise"February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)
Week 2
206"Back to Reality"February 18, 2022 (2022-02-18)
217"A Family Affair"February 18, 2022 (2022-02-18)
228"Final Adjustments"February 18, 2022 (2022-02-18)
239"Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties"February 18, 2022 (2022-02-18)
Week 3
2410"The Weddings"February 25, 2022 (2022-02-25)
Special
2511"The Reunion"March 4, 2022 (2022-03-04)


Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 9, 2018, and lasted 38 days up until the weddings. The couples met face-to-face on October 19.[35] The ten days in the pods were shot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.[36] Then, after the newly engaged couples left the pods, filming took place at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, when all the couples went on a retreat. The relationships that made it through the retreat in Mexico move in together in an apartment complex.[37] After the retreat, the couples headed back to Atlanta to the Spectrum on Spring apartment building, where they spent the rest of the time filming up until the weddings.[38][39] The weddings took place at two event spaces called Flourish Atlanta[39] and The Estate[40] on November 15.

For the show's second series, the pods were shipped from Georgia to be filmed in a newly built studio in Santa Clarita, California[41]

Release[edit]

The trailer for Love Is Blind was released on January 30, 2020.[42] With the trailer, it was announced that the ten-episode series would be released on a three-week schedule: the first five episodes were released on February 13, 2020, the next four on February 20, and the finale on February 27.[3]

On February 26, 2020, Netflix announced a reunion special available on YouTube on March 5.[5]

Unaired engagements[edit]

A total of eight couples got engaged among the participants. In addition to the six couples shown on the series, couples Westley Baer and Lexie Skipper and Rory Newbrough and Danielle Drouin also got engaged in the show. Newbrough told People, "As we were preparing to go to the Mexico trip, the leads of the show came in and said, 'Hey, we were expecting maybe one or two [engagements]. The shows we've done before, we've never had this much success. We prepared for five. Then we got eight engagements, so we had to pick who we were going to follow.' We got our phones back. They thanked us graciously and said, 'Sorry, we just don’t have enough to cover everybody.'"[33]

After getting engaged in the pods, Baer and Skipper continued to date for three months before breaking up. Newbrough and Drouin took a week-long trip to Miami together after getting engaged. They broke up after returning from the trip and Drouin decided to pursue a relationship with another participant on the show, Matt Thomas. Thomas and Drouin later split as well.[33]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2022, Jeremy Hartwell, a contestant on the second season, filed a lawsuit over what he claims were “inhumane working conditions.”[43]

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

During the week of the finale, Love Is Blind became Netflix's number-one trending program,[44][45][46] likely due to large scale stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[47] Netflix recorded that Love Is Blind had delivered 1.5 million viewers for the first five episodes, 1.3 million for the next four episodes, and 829,000 for the finale episode in its first full week.[48] As of August 10, 2022, the reunion episode had been viewed by over 1.9 million viewers on YouTube alone.[49] At their Q1 meeting in April 2020, Netflix reported 30 million households had watched the series.[50]

On March 24, 2020, Love Is Blind was renewed for a second and third season.[6][7]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 74% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 5.75/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Addictive, but problematic, Love Is Blind is undoubtedly an intoxicating binge, but its version of romance often comes off more toxic than aspirational."[51] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on nine critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[52]

Tricia Crimmins of Mashable reviewed the first five episodes of Love Is Blind following their initial release on February 13. Comparing it to The Bachelor, Crimmins called the series "the bizarre reality TV experiment you've been craving". She comments that you never know what the couples will do next, even down to the altar at the wedding, making the series "harmless, entertaining, and satisfying."[37]

Lucy Mangan of The Guardian gave Love Is Blind a rating of 2 out of 5 stars, calling it toxic, revolting, but extremely addictive. She says that Love Is Blind is the final nail in the coffin of humanity; however, in terms of reality television, she states that it is good because it "exploits emotional frailties, profaning the sacred, making the private and precious public and worthless and turning it into voyeuristic ratings-bait." Despite all of this, she recommends the show as a casual reality television binge, similar to The Bachelor.[53]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly called the series "intensely tragic yet riveting." She criticized the series, saying that the first four episodes in the pods feel new and fresh, but once the engaged couples enter the real world, it feels like just another bad dating reality television show. Baldwin also called it depressing, citing the contestants always saying, "If I don't get married now, I never will." Overall, Baldwin gave Love Is Blind a C+ rating.[54]

Writing in Skeptical Inquirer Craig Foster and Minjung Park raised concerns about the way in which the program poses hypotheses and then conducts experiments with small sample sizes of participants who are not assigned to either an experimental or a control group. This does not allow a genuine examination of the independent variable and poses a problem if social scientists want to test the suppositions because they would be constrained by ethical considerations if they attempted to recreate anything like the show. The article concluded that while the show can be enjoyed as reality television that dramatises relationships, it is "important to recognize that real science involves a careful and ethical process conducted by experts who scrutinize each other’s work."[55]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Structured Reality Program Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Ally Simpson, Eric Detwiler, Brian Smith, Stefanie Cohen Williams,
Brent Gauches, and Jeff Keirns
Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program Donna Driscoll, Kelly Zack Castillo, and Megan Feldman Nominated
People's Choice Awards Reality Show of the Year Love Is Blind Nominated
[58]
Bingeworthy Show of the Year Nominated
2022 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Structured Reality Program Chris Coelen, Ally Simpson, Eric Detwiler, Kimberly Goodman, Jill Goslicky, and Leif Lindhjem Pending [59]

International versions[edit]

Country/Region Title Year Network(s) Host(s)
Brazil Love Is Blind: Brazil 2021
Japan Love is Blind: Japan 2022

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