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Romantic Reality Shows

Jan 18, 2023 ByAndrew Parker

Reality TV dating shows provide the ideal retreat when you disregard their fatal flaw, the apparent inability to establish enduring love. The genre deals with topics like racism, fatphobia, and ableism in shows like “Love Is Blind” and “The Bachelor,” yet viewers still can’t get enough. The top-of-the-line for consumers with issues. Reality TV viewers who watch dating shows know there is an issue; they tweet every week about it and call for change. But the fantasy is what we’re still tuned into. While we wait for the release of the next seasons of “Bridgerton,” we binge-watch “Love Island,” “The Courtship,” and “Married At First Sight.” We also watched “Married At First Sight” to avoid using dating apps. There are so many options.

It’s always intriguing to see specific streaming services enter the world of reality dating shows and integrate their themes with The Bachelor formula. With this entertaining and absurd series, Discovery+ attempts to simulate animal mating rituals with gorgeous singles who enter a jungle and participate in activities and competitions. It gets even more fascinating because the competitors are only permitted to speak to one another when they are out on dates, which leads to awkward pantomiming and grunting. It’s impossible to ignore the absurdity of Love in the Jungle.

In the unusual dating reality show “Sexy Beasts,” competitors disguise their looks with animal prosthetics and costumes, with their personalities determining whether they find love. Consider “The Masked Singer” for relationships. Finding a partner only based on personality is a romantic idea. It also makes us think of the recent eerie season and the film “Halloweentown.” But it isn’t easy to take the program seriously when all you can concentrate on is the competitors’ outward appearance, and you’re sidetracked from becoming familiar with them.

ecole Kane attends "Love Is Blind" Atlanta screening & reception at City Winery on February 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Love can be found without knowing a person’s looks, according to the idea of the film series “Love Is Blind.” Before ever meeting in person, the men and women are divided into separate pods and forced to choose to connect through conversation. After becoming engaged, they test their commitment to one another through practical events. The idea of falling in love through connecting with someone’s heart is challenging when dating is determined mainly by appearance, notably with all the possibilities offered on dating sites.