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Love Is Blind, Netflix’s New Reality Show, Is Delightfully Unhinged

Netflix is expanding its reality-TV catalog with Love Is Blind, a delightfully unhinged dating show that’s pretty self-explanatory. It centers on a group of singles who go on a series of (literal) blind dates. As in, they’re placed in pods where they can’t see the person they’re chatting with. They can only hear them. From voice and connection alone, they whittle down their choices until they’ve found “the one.” Then they get engaged—yes, engaged—without ever laying eyes on the person.

Of course, eventually they do get to see what their fiancé looks like, and that’s where the real stories begin. How will these quote-unquote “deep connections” built in the pods translate to the physical world? Will they be attracted to their betrothed? Will their friends and family members approve? This is explored as the couples leave the pods, go on romantic getaways, and then head back to their real lives.

Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey—who hilariously recite the same monologue about how “love is blind” in every episode—I’ve never seen a show like this. I finished the first five episodes feeling exhilarated, bewildered, and exhausted. I also had one zillion questions. Below, a non-exhaustive list:

1. Does the “blind date” concept work if all the contestants are conventionally hot? I’m not talking about individual attraction here—I’m referring to the narrow standards our culture has for “beauty.” Every single person on this show meets that criteria. While the show is racially diverse (to an extent), the men are muscular. The women are thin. Something tells me that was intentional. Think about it: If non-conventionally attractive people went on this show and had their hearts broken after they saw their fiancé face to face, that would just be…awful. It would confirm the shallowness of mankind. Featuring only “hot” people guarantees that won’t happen. I’m not the only person who’s thinking this, either:

2. Jessica! What are you doing?! You will find yourself screaming at the TV many times during Love Is Blind—and Jessica, often, is the reason why. The 34-year-old regional manager throws away a solid relationship with sweet, mature 24-year-old trainer Mark in favor of Barnett, a 27-year-old overgrown frat bro who all the women are inexplicably drawn to. But when things go south with Barnett, Jessica goes back to Mark, and proceeds to treat him like crap. Justice for Mark!

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