It can sort of change who you are. The fact that the challenges prioritize presentation, with tasting the creations as only a mitigating factor, means that viewers are able to judge almost as well as the actual judges, unlike with most cooking shows. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix It takes a little while for Dating Around to hook you. Sarah goes on dates with: musician Adrian 29 , firefighter Antonio 30 , strip club manager John 27 , software engineer Matt 31 and real estate agent Nick 26. And although executive producer Chris Culvenor never directly mentioned The Bachelor by name during a recent interview, there was little question which program he was referring to when he said that in this new show, he and his fellow E.
The format means that serious dating issues many people face in real life have room to come to the surface. Thank goodness, then, for Netflix's recent success with reality television, the latest example of which, Dating Around, arrived just in time for Valentine's Day. One of her dates, Justin, a well-off white man with a beard, accosts her for, to his mind, lying to her ex, ruining eight years of her life, and wonders how anyone can ever trust her again never mind, however, that Justin admitted to once forcing a girlfriend to get rid of her pet cat only to eventually leave her as well. All these things are very kind of almost like this kind of personal rhythm that everyone falls into. Who will get a second date? The bulk of the date footage is unmarred by lens flare or intrusive musical inserts, leaving viewers with the unmediated awkwardness of a young woman who instructs her date on how to chew his food, or a guy who scolds his date about her divorce. By the looks of the trailer, the series promises some witty banter, adorable matchups, and severely awkward exchanges.
I will not choose him for a second date. But the consensus seems to be that it's a worthwhile, addicting watch. A member of the Television Critics Association who serves on its board of directors, Andy, 41, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. But there are some many other intricacies to consider. It can sort of change who you are. No, we don't get any ludicrous limousine arrivals or ambulance light cliffhangers à la The Bachelor, but there are plenty of awkward moments designed to pull you into the drama.
When it comes to situations like Sarah's and Amanda's and Gabby's, though, the onus shouldn't be on women to correct men's actions: It's on men to not be creeps in the first place. There are no dramatic elimination ceremonies. There are no heaps of roses; no tightly grasped Champagne flutes; no sequined gowns. Netflix sets Gurki up with police officer Jay 36 , real estate broker Justin 34 , business development manager Rob 30 , journalist Salim 26 and senior account executive Manny 29. Mila's dates Source: Netflix If you think watching the end of the dates on First Dates is cringe, wait until you see this. But this is about observing dates, and watching people interact, and it succeeds wildly.
It never forgets that any lasting changing begins on the inside. At that point, the addictive secret of Dating Around was clear: It recognizes how much romance-related reality television has left on the table — how many kinds of human experience are rarely highlighted on or Millionaire Matchmaker or or or Are You the One — and it seizes what those other shows typically ignore. To contact the Office of the Press Ombudsman Lo-Call 1890 208 080 or go to or Please note that TheJournal. Parting Shot: Luke meets his choice for a second date, they get in a cab, and we see a shot of Grand Central Terminal as the cab drives away. Throughout, the focus remained on picking singles from very different walks of life to ensure a wide range of perspectives.
No woman can enjoy a cocktail with a friend on a reality television anymore without fear of some turn where that cocktail winds up splashed across her Michael Kors blouse. But then they sit down for dinner, and Sarah says she might order what the restaurant calls the Big Salad. The nation was transfixed by Jessica Simpson's confusion as to which food category canned tuna belonged to, and everything from dating programs to cooking shows began reveling in gimmicky and voyeuristic formats. At the end of each episode, the single at the center picks which of the five first dates they want to pursue for a second night out. Netflix Sarah Episode 5 Sarah, 25, originally hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, but moved to New York City for an ex. The premise of new reality show , streaming now, is simple: A single person goes on a series of blind dates, and by the end they choose one prospect to move forward with. The analytic recruiter is looking for a guy who can keep up with her—both out and about and on nights in.
At drinks, the banter is light and frustrating with its lack of depth or follow-up. Watching other people date, though -- that's entertainment. That's when we meet an Indian woman who shuts down her ignorant white male date. Either that, or you witness what could be love blossoming. Last week I told a cat caller to shut up, and he followed me for six blocks.
Gurki is the product of an arranged marriage, and social pressure and expectation from her Punjabi community lead to her getting married to a teenage sweetheart, a choice she later regrets and corrects with a divorce after her ex cheats on her. The ensuing get-to-know-you exchanges are packaged with gorgeous cinematography straight out of an indie romcom, twinkly lights, and a handful of probably very expensive top 40 hits. Netflix has been showing interest in more reality programming recently. Why do we like dating shows so much? A more addictive version of Dating Around would follow a few of the featured singles past their second dates, or would at least include an update episode to check in how how things went. What also makes for a better show is what a light touch the producers have here. Luke's dates Source: Netflix So intrigued, that I watched all six episodes in one drab Sunday afternoon.
Episode to watch Skip straight to Gurki. In the process, it reveals so much about the toxic masculinity women may encounter and the bigoted aggressions minorities face on the dating scene. She laughs it off, but then he makes another comment. I don't think it's random they're doing it right out of the gate to women who don't know them well enough to check them. Attractive successful man goes on dates with attractive successful women.
Each episode's protagonist does wear the same thing and go to the same venue on each date then again, who doesn't have a favored first date outfit and spot? The date with an older man who has to talk about his deceased wife while getting to know a new person involves completely different feelings from the date with a young gay woman who makes a joke about scissoring. The series, called , will premiere on the streaming video platform on Valentine's Day, February 14th so you can watch it with your significant other to remind you how glad you are to no longer be in the dating pool. Rather than seeing dates play out one after another, we witness one bachelor or bachelorette go on five identical dates, edited to be seen concurrently. Here is the synopsis for Dating Around: Every episode, one single goes on five first dates filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges, and moments of true connection. Her spare time includes writing historical erotica, trivia competitions and swing dancing. Countdown-clock segments of cooking shows are edited with the intensity and drama of the staircase scene in Battleship Potemkin. The other side of that equation is that these shows don't treat their viewers like small children.