Love Is Blind (TV series)
|Love Is Blind|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Running time||48–84 minutes|
|Production company||Kinetic Content|
|Original release||February 13, 2020 –|
Love Is Blind is a dating reality television series produced by Kinetic Content and created by Chris Coelen that premiered on Netflix on February 13, 2020, as part of a three-week event. The series has been compared to Married at First Sight, which was also produced by Kinetic Content, and The Bachelor. The first season was followed by a reunion special on Netflix and YouTube on March 5.
Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a second and third season on March 24, 2020. The second season premiered on February 11, 2022 and concluded on February 25, 2022. The third season was filmed back-to-back with season two, and takes place in Dallas, Texas. Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a fourth and fifth season on March 24, 2022.
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. The daters may extend a marriage proposal whenever they feel ready. 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.
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."
|Couples||Married||Still together||Relationship notes|
|Lauren Speed & Cameron Hamilton||Yes||Yes||Married in November 2018; still together as of August 2022.|
|Amber Pike & Matthew Barnett||Yes||Yes||Married in November 2018; still together as of August 2022.|
|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. After the airing of After the Altar, Giannina revealed the couple had broken up in early 2021.|
|Jessica Batten & Mark Cuevas||No||No||Jessica left Mark at the altar on their wedding day. Mark did not attend filming for "After the Altar" but is now dating Aubrey Rainey. Together Mark and Aubrey now have two sons.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Couples||Married||Still together||Relationship notes|
|Iyanna McNeely & Jarrette Jones||Yes||Yes||Married in June 2021; still together as of August 2022.|
|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.|
|Deepti Vempati & Abhishek 'Shake' Chatterjee||No||No||Split on their wedding day after Deepti said no.|
|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. During the reunion special, Shaina reveals she is in a relationship.|
|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|
|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|
|Taylor Lupton||31||Creative Director|
|Ryan Martin||29||Automotive Sales|
|Alyson Costa||36||Pediatric Nurse Client Relations Director|
|Kenneth Smith||36||Master Barber & Shop Owner|
|India Bridgeforth||29||Project Manager|
|Mikey Cobb||31||Business Analyst|
|Kay Mitchell||30||Administrative Director|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Hope Antoniello||32||Sales Manager|
|Juhie Faheem||31||Clinical Therapist|
|Julius Cacho||39||Logistics Manager|
|Olivia Harris||29||Recruitment Partner|
|Shea'na Grigsby||36||Event Partnership Director|
|Trisha Frame||30||Real Estate Broker|
|Vito Salamone||33||Pizzeria Owner|
|First released||Last released|
|1||14||11||February 13, 2020||March 5, 2020|
|3||July 28, 2021|
|2||11||February 11, 2022||March 4, 2022|
Season 1 (2020)
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. 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.
|Title ||Original release date |
|1||1||"Is Love Blind?"||February 13, 2020|
|2||2||"Will You Marry Me?"||February 13, 2020|
|3||3||"First Night Together"||February 13, 2020|
|4||4||"Couples Retreat"||February 13, 2020|
|5||5||"Last Night in Paradise"||February 13, 2020|
|6||6||"Moving in Together"||February 20, 2020|
|7||7||"Meet the Parents"||February 20, 2020|
|8||8||"Countdown to I Do's"||February 20, 2020|
|9||9||"Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties"||February 20, 2020|
|10||10||"The Weddings"||February 27, 2020|
|11||11||"The Reunion"||March 5, 2020|
|After The Altar|
|12||12||"After The Altar: Two Years Later"||July 28, 2021|
|13||13||"After The Altar: Married, Single, and It's Complicated"||July 28, 2021|
|14||14||"After The Altar: Celebrations and Confrontations"||July 28, 2021|
Season 2 (2022)
|Title||Original release date|
|15||1||"The Pods Are Open"||February 11, 2022|
|16||2||"Love Triangles"||February 11, 2022|
|17||3||"Love In Paradise"||February 11, 2022|
|18||4||"Meet The Other Couples"||February 11, 2022|
|19||5||"Leaving Paradise"||February 11, 2022|
|20||6||"Back to Reality"||February 18, 2022|
|21||7||"A Family Affair"||February 18, 2022|
|22||8||"Final Adjustments"||February 18, 2022|
|23||9||"Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties"||February 18, 2022|
|24||10||"The Weddings"||February 25, 2022|
|25||11||"The Reunion"||March 4, 2022|
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. The ten days in the pods were shot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. 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. 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. The weddings took place at two event spaces called Flourish Atlanta and The Estate on November 15.
The trailer for Love Is Blind was released on January 30, 2020. 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.
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.'"
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.
In July 2022, Jeremy Hartwell, a contestant on the second season, filed a lawsuit over what he claims were “inhumane working conditions.”
During the week of the finale, Love Is Blind became Netflix's number-one trending program, likely due to large scale stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. As of August 10, 2022, the reunion episode had been viewed by over 1.9 million viewers on YouTube alone. At their Q1 meeting in April 2020, Netflix reported 30 million households had watched the series.
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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on nine critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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."
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.
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.
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."
|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
|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|
|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|||
|Brazil||Love Is Blind: Brazil||2021|
|Japan||Love is Blind: Japan||2022|
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