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Dating Around is the Most Delightful Dating Show in the Game

Thumbnail from Dating Around on Netflix.

If you’re anything like me, you love eavesdropping on a first date. Back when restaurants and bars were a thing, it was remarkably easy to tell if people at the table next to you were meeting up for the first time. The awkward small talk, the chatter about shared interests, and the apprehensive body language are all tell-tale signs that a couple of people are coming together for a vibe check. While you make attempts at minding your own business, you just hope that the first date goes well.

It’s almost impossible to ignore the blossoming relationship (or tragic lack of connection) taking place right next to you. Personally, I just can’t help but listen in to find out how well a pair is getting on.

Dating Around simulates this experience beautifully. Each episode independent from another, viewers take 25 minutes to soak in the ups and downs of a first date. A given episode follows one person through a date with five others. At the end of each episode, that person chooses one other to go on a second date with.

Here’s what’s so special about the show: unlike The Bachelor, Too Hot to Handle, or even Love Island, Dating Around depicts the dating experience through an unapologetically raw lens. It brings people together from different races, ages, genders, and sexual orientations. That lends each viewer the ability to relate to at least one person on the show. It’s not filled with drama, but it still depicts the sheer awkwardness that we can feel on a first date.

Dating Around is produced in a way that’s categorically relatable, and that’s why it is one of the best dating shows I’ve discovered.

Dating Around gives us insight into the trials and tribulations of dating that most of us know and love (or hate, honestly.) It does so in a manner that reminds us that it’s important not to settle. It reminds its viewers that not every match will be perfect, but that each new person in our lives will teach us a lesson about human connection. That’s where it sets itself apart from other dating shows.

Have you seen Dating Around? What do you think of it? Let us know!

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Written by Marina Martinez

Arizonan student at the University of Edinburgh, dog lover, desert rat, meme aficionado and coffee enthusiast.

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