Love Is Blind (TV series)

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Love Is Blind
Love is Blind title card.png
GenreReality
Created byChris Coelen
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48
Production
Executive producers
  • Chris Coelen
  • Ally Simpson
  • Eric Detwiler
  • Brent Gauches
  • Brian Smith
  • Heather Crowe
Running time48–84 minutes
Production companyKinetic Content
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 13, 2020 (2020-02-13) –
present (present)

Love Is Blind is a dating reality television series created by Chris Coelen[1] and produced by Kinetic Content[2] that premiered on Netflix on February 13, 2020, as part of a three-week event.[3] The show follows a social experiment where single men and women look for love and get engaged, all before meeting in person.[4]

Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a fourth and fifth season on March 24, 2022.[5] The fourth season Love is Blind premiered on March 24, 2023.[6]

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.[7] The daters may extend a marriage proposal whenever they feel ready.[8] 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.[9][10]

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."

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

As reported in the Netflix 2020 viewing trends summary, Love Is Blind Season One “stayed in the US Top 10 for 47 days straight after its release in February - the second-longest run of any title (in 2020) behind Cocomelon at 64 days. But unlike pre-schoolers, adults don’t tend to watch the same shows over and over again!” [11]

In 2022, Love Is Blind spent 86 days in the Netflix US Top Ten, more than any series other than Cocomelon, Stranger Things and Ozark.[12]

Love Is Blind was the only unscripted program to rank in Nielsen’s list of 2022’s Top Ten Original Streaming Programs, measuring the most popular programs in America across the year, with 13.1 Billion minutes viewed.[13]

During Season One, Love Is Blind became Netflix's number-one trending program,[14][15][16] coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.[17] Nielsen reported 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.[18] As of March 25, 2023, the reunion episode had been viewed by almost 2.5 million viewers on YouTube alone.[19] At their Q1 meeting in April 2020, Netflix reported 30 million households had watched the series.[20]

On March 24, 2020, Love Is Blind was renewed for a second and third season.[21][22]

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."[23] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on nine critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

Daniel D'Addario of Variety writes that "Love is Blind, the smash dating series" is, along with The Ultimatum, "the new standard-bearers for romantic reality TV." D'Addario says that creator Chris Coelen's shows "escalate from relatively simple set-ups to wild heights of human behavior, all because contestants are (or appear to be) left to their own devices."

Brett White of Decider states Love is Blind is a "fascinating relationship study, with all the drama you love." White says "Season 1 was a reality show car crash, the likes of which we’d never seen before. Season 2 didn’t have the newness working for it, so it went full-on bananas and gave us maybe the most chaotic reality TV season on Netflix. Now we’re at Season 3 and…Love Is Blind may have become a well-crafted reality show — nay, a docuseries — about the incredibly complex, at times confusing, sometimes dangerous world of love."

Lucy Mangan of The Guardian writes that Love is Blind "is, basically, crack. Or meth. It’s crack-meth. You will decide to give it five minutes before bed one night and find yourself still on the sofa as the sun rises on another day. You will be bleary-eyed and shattered from all the shouting you have done, the emotional investment you have made, the WhatsApp messages you have typed to a specially formed group and the heartfelt contributions you have made to various internet forums on the subject. It’s that good, is what I am saying."[25]

Yohana Delta of Vanity Fair calls Love is Blind "an emotional thrill ride from start to finish."[26]

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."[27]

The series has been compared to Married at First Sight, also produced by Kinetic Content,[2] and The Bachelor.[28]

Impact on popular culture[edit]

Andy Dehnart of reality blurred stated Love is Blind "is one of the biggest reality shows, in terms of cultural conversation, in years."[29]

Alexander Kacala at Today called Love is Blind the "bingeworthy obsession that has taken America by storm."[5]

Georgia Aspinall of Grazia writes "the internet is obsessed with Love is Blind."[30]

Season summary[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season was launched as a three-week event, followed by a reunion special on Netflix and YouTube on March 5, 2020.

Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Lauren Speed & Cameron Hamilton Yes Yes Married in November 2018; still together as of February 2023.[31][32]
Amber Pike & Matthew Barnett Yes Yes Married in November 2018; still together as of February 2023.[33][34][32]
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.[35] After the airing of After the Altar, Giannina revealed the couple had broken up in early 2021.[36]
Jessica Batten & Mark Cuevas No No Jessica left Mark at the altar on their wedding day.[37][38] Mark did not attend filming for "After the Altar" but was mentioned to be dating Aubrey Rainey. Together, Mark and Aubrey have two sons and married in September 2022.[39] Jessica married podiatrist, Ben McGrath, in August 2022 and is currently expecting their first child together.[40]
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.[41] Kenny married his partner, Alexandra Garrison, in the spring of 2022.[42]
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.[43]

Season 2[edit]

Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Iyanna McNeely & Jarrette Jones Yes No Married in June 2021; the couple announced their separation on August 17, 2022.[44]
Danielle Ruhl & Nick Thompson Yes No Married in June 2021; Danielle has filed for divorce from Nick on August 21, 2022.[45]
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.[46]
Deepti Vempati & Abhishek 'Shake' Chatterjee No No Split on their wedding day after Deepti said no.[47] It was revealed during After the Altar that she and cast mate Kyle Abrams had begun dating but ultimately split in the summer of 2022.[48]
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.[49] During the reunion special, Shaina reveals she is in a relationship.

Season 3[edit]

Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Alexa Alfia & Brennon Lemieux Yes Yes Married in Summer 2021. Still together as of March 2023.
Zanab Jaffrey & Cole Barnett No No Split on their wedding day after Zanab said no.
Raven Ross & Sikiru "SK" Alagbada No No SK said no on their wedding day. Dated for a while after the show. The couple became engaged after SK proposed again but announced split in November 2022.
Nancy Rodriguez & Bartise Bowden No No Split on their wedding day after Bartise said no. Nancy said yes.
Colleen Reed & Matt Bolton Yes Yes Married Summer of 2021. Still together but not yet living together as of March 2023.

Participants[edit]

Love Is Blind season 1 participants
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 Split at the wedding; broke up again 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 participants
Name Age Occupation Hometown Relationship Status
Iyanna McNeely 27 Program Coordinator Chicago, Illinois Married, June 2021. Announced their plans to divorce August 2022.
Jarrette Jones 32 Project Manager
Danielle Ruhl 29 Associate Director of Marketing Married, June 2021. Announced their plans to divorce August 2022.
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
Love is Blind season 3 participants
Name Age Occupation Hometown Relationship Status
Alexa Alfia 29 Insurance Manager Dallas, Texas Married
Brennon Lemieux 32 Sales Manager Dallas, Texas
Zanab Jaffrey 31 Flight Attendant London, United Kingdom Split at the wedding
Cole Barnett 26 Realtor Fort Worth, Texas
Raven Ross 27 Pilates Instructor New Orleans, Louisiana Split at the wedding
Sikiru 'SK' Alagbada 34 Data Engineer Ibadan, Nigeria
Nancy Rodriguez 31 Speech Pathologist Temple, Texas Split at the wedding
Bartise Bowden 25 Accountant San Antonio, Texas
Colleen Reed 25 Ballet Dancer/Digital PR Strategist Easton, Pennsylvania Married
Matt Bolton 27 VP of Aerospace Manufacturing & Co. Fort Worth, Texas
Amanda Peterson 31 Stylist
Andrew Y. Liu 29 Consultant
Anthony LaScalea 33 Attorney Dallas, Texas
Ashley Randermann 29 Chiropractor/Equestrian
Brannigan Max 35 Critical Care Nurse
Charita Scott 35 Makeup Artist
Chelsey Jordan 27 Customer Success Manager
Dakota Easley 29 Aerospace Engineer
Dale Dalida 32 Cybersecurity Student
DaVonté Black 29 Fitness Development Coach
Jess Gumbert 30 Senior Event Producer California
Julian Torres 34 Managing Director of Operations
Kalekia Adams 31 ICU Nurse Practitioner
Kim Clarke 30 Teacher/Coach
Loren Langenbeck 36 Medical Device Representative
Nash Buehler 34 Realtor
Simmer Pal Bajwa 27 Director of Marketing Technology
Tony M. Taylor 34 Medical Device Sales Representative
Valerie Truong 35 Dermatologist
Zach Gordon 29 Medical Student/Interior Quality Control Manager


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.[1][50][51]


Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
114February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
214February 11, 2022 (2022-02-11)September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)
315October 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)February 10, 2023 (2023-02-10)
412March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)April 14, 2023 (2023-04-14)

Season 1 (2020–21)[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)
After The Altar
2612"After the Altar: Friends Who Adventure Together, Stay Together"September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)
2713"After the Altar: It's My Party and I'll Gossip If I Want to"September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)
2814"After the Altar: The Future Looks Bright"September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)

Season 3 (2022-23)[edit]

Love Is Blind season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
Week 1
291"Welcome to Love Is Blind!"October 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)
302"Love Triangles and Love Triumphs"October 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)
313"The First Night Together"October 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)
324"Meet Your Exes"October 19, 2022 (2022-10-19)
Week 2
335"Trouble in Paradise"October 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
346"Return to Reality"October 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
357"Impress the Parents"October 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
Week 3
368"The Perfect Fit"November 2, 2022 (2022-11-02)
379"The Last Supper"November 2, 2022 (2022-11-02)
3810"Approaching the Altar"November 2, 2022 (2022-11-02)
Week 4
3911"The Wedding Day"November 9, 2022 (2022-11-09)
4012"The Reunion"November 9, 2022 (2022-11-09)
After the Altar
4113"Soulmates and Blank Slates"February 10, 2023 (2023-02-10)[52]
4214"The Party is Just Getting Started"February 10, 2023 (2023-02-10)[52]
4315"A Second Shot at Love?"February 10, 2023 (2023-02-10)[52]

Season 4 (2023)[edit]

Love Is Blind season 4 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date [53]
Week 1
441"Welcome to the Pods!"March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
452"Birthday Wishes"March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
463"Is Love Really Blind?"March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
474"Playing With Fire"March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
485"Paradise Lost"March 24, 2023 (2023-03-24)
Week 2
496TBAMarch 31, 2023 (2023-03-31)
507TBAMarch 31, 2023 (2023-03-31)
518TBAMarch 31, 2023 (2023-03-31)
Week 3
529TBAApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
5310TBAApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
5411TBAApril 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)
Week 4
5512TBAApril 14, 2023 (2023-04-14)

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.[54] The ten days in the pods were shot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.[55] 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.[56] 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.[57][58] The weddings took place at two event spaces called Flourish Atlanta[58] and The Estate[59] 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.[60]

Release[edit]

The trailer for Love Is Blind was released on January 30, 2020.[61] 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.[62]

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.'"[50]

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.[50]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2022, Jeremy Hartwell, a contestant on the second season, filed a lawsuit over what he claims were “inhumane working conditions.”[63]

Accolades[edit]

Accolades for Love Is Blind
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2020 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards[64] 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[65] Donna Driscoll, Kelly Zack Castillo, and Megan Feldman Nominated
People's Choice Awards[66] Reality Show of the Year Love Is Blind Nominated
Bingeworthy Show of the Year Nominated
2022 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards[67] Outstanding Structured Reality Program Chris Coelen, Ally Simpson, Eric Detwiler, Kimberly Goodman, Jill Goslicky, and Leif Lindhjem Nominated

International versions[edit]

A Brazilian adaptation premiered on October 6, 2021, as part of a three-week event. A Japanese adaptation premiered on February 8, 2022.

Adaptations of Love Is Blind
Country/Region Title Year Network(s) Host(s)
Brazil Love Is Blind: Brazil 2021
Japan Love Is Blind: Japan 2022
UK Love Is Blind: UK 2024
Sweden Love Is Blind: Sweden TBA TBA [70]

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