Dating Around S2

Brandon in 'Dating Around'.
Brandon in 'Dating Around'.
Photo: Netflix


4/5 Stars


In each episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date? Netflix's first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating.


A lot of the dating reality shows available on television have an unconventional approach to them; Love is Blind and Too Hot to Handle are great examples.

Then there's cooking for someone like in Dinner Date, or something more adventurous like BBC's Flirty Dancing. And, these are all exciting novel ways of meeting people, which I have no doubt teaches the contestants about themselves and their "potential partners".

As a liker of dating reality shows, I enjoy all of these, but nothing hits the sweet spot more for me than Dating Around.

There's no big gimmick or challenge or test, it's just the old-fashioned blind dating approach. One single goes on five dates and at the end chooses one of the dates for a second date.

I loved the first season and jumped right into the second one when it premiered on Netflix on Friday.

What I enjoy about this show is that the production's aim is really to find someone that the single can genuinely connect with. You get a sense that they really understood what the single is looking for in a potential partner and that it's not just about the entertainment aspect.

In most cases, the dates seem to tick one or more boxes on the single's list, and sometimes a person looks great on paper but throws a curveball on the date. And that's okay; dating is after all about the hits and misses.

I went through a range of emotions watching Justin, Ben, Deva, Heather, Brandon and Demi's dates. There were moments of cringe, awkwardness, laughing out loud, but mostly looking at my screen with a goofy smile.

I can really appreciate that each participant showed vulnerability and put themselves out there even though some of them have been hurt in previous relationships. And that's when it hit me when it comes to dating, we all have the same fears of being rejected and getting hurt.

I also admired the approach the participants took when they knew that the date wouldn't lead to another; it was handled with tenderness and care.

If you're looking for some wholesome, feel-good content Dating Around is just what you need. Who knows, it might just be the push you need to dip your toe in the dating pool after the coronavirus lockdown.



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