Love Is Blind (TV series)

Love Is Blind is a dating reality television series produced by Kinetic Content[1] and created by Chris Coelen[2] that premiered on Netflix on February 13, 2020, as part of a three-week event.[3] The series has been compared to Married at First Sight, which was also produced by Kinetic Content,[1] and The Bachelor.[4] A total of 10 episodes were released, in addition to a reunion special that was released on Netflix and YouTube on March 5.[5]

Love Is Blind
Love is Blind title card.png
Title card for the series.
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes14
Executive producers
  • Chris Coelen
  • Sam Dean
  • Ally Simpson
  • Eric Detwiler
  • Terrance Villarreal
Running time48–84 minutes
Production companyKinetic Content
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9
Original releaseFebruary 13, 2020 (2020-02-13) –
present (present)

Netflix renewed Love Is Blind for a second and third season on March 24, 2020.[6][7] A Brazilian adaptation of Love Is Blind premiered on Netflix on October 6, 2021, as part of a three-week event.[8][9]


The series follows 30 men and women hoping to find love. For 10 days in a speed-dating format, the men and women date each other in different "pods" where they can talk to each other but not see each other. Whenever they decide, the men are able to propose to the woman they want to marry. After the proposal, and meeting face to face for the first time, the engaged couples head to a couples retreat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. During this trip, they spend time getting to know their partners and meet the other couples participating in the experiment.[10][11]

Following the couples retreat, the engaged couples move to the same apartment complex in Atlanta. While at the apartments, they all meet their partners' families and explore their partners' living conditions. On the day of the wedding, the engaged couples carry out wedding ceremonies and make their final decisions at the altar about whether to split up or get married, answering the question "Is love blind?"

Season summaryEdit

Season 1 (February 13 – March 5, 2020).
Couples Married Still together Relationship notes
Lauren Speed & Cameron Hamilton Yes Yes The two got married in November 2018, during the filming of the 1st season of Love is Blind. The couple are still together as of January 2022.[12][13]
Amber Pike & Matthew Barnett Yes Yes The two got married in November 2018, during the filming of the 1st season of Love is Blind. The couple are still together as of January 2022.[14][15]
Giannina Gibelli & Damian Powers No No Although the couple got engaged during the show, they split on their wedding day. At the reunion special, it was revealed that the two were back together.[16] After the airing of After the Altar, Gibelli revealed the couple had broken up in early 2021.[17]
Jessica Batten & Mark Cuevas No No Although the couple got engaged during the show, Batten left Cuevas at the altar on their wedding day.[18][19]
Kelly Chase & Kenny Barnes No No Although the couple got engaged during the show, they split on their wedding day. It was revealed on the reunion special, Kenny is in a relationship.[20]
Diamond Jack & Carlton Morton No No Although the couple got engaged on the show, their relationship imploded after a dramatic fight during the couple's trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, during which they fought about Carlton's bisexuality, his lack of communication, and Carlton's derogatory comments about Diamond.[21]


Love Is Blind season 1 contestants
Name Age Occupation Hometown Relationship Status
Lauren Speed 32 Content Creator Detroit, Michigan Married, November 2018
Cameron Hamilton 28 Data Scientist Lee, Maine
Amber Pike 27 Ex-tank Mechanic Augusta, Georgia Married, November 2018
Matthew Barnett 27 Engineer Canton, Georgia
Giannina Gibelli 25 Business Owner Caracas, Venezuela Broke up at the beginning of the year 2021
Damian Powers 27 General Manager Heidelberg, Germany
Jessica Batten 34 Regional Manager Rock Falls, Illinois Split at the wedding
Mark Cuevas 24 Fitness Trainer Chicago, Illinois
Kelly Chase 33 Holistic Health & Empowerment Coach Atlanta, Georgia Split at the wedding
Kenny Barnes 27 Sales California
Diamond Jack 28 Former NBA Dancer Atlanta, Georgia Split before the wedding
Carlton Morton 34 Social Media Marketer Louisiana
Danielle Drouin 27 Yoga Instructor Atlanta, Georgia Split before the wedding[a]
Rory Newbrough 28 Senior Consultant & Content Creator Alpharetta, Georgia
Lexie Skipper 26 Sales Manager Lexington, South Carolina Split before the wedding[a]
Westley Baer 27 Sales Manager and Life Coach Georgia
Lauren "LC" Chamblin 26 Recruiter/Account Executive Atlanta, Georgia Not engaged
Matt Thomas 28 Director of Brawl for a Cause N/A Not engaged
Taylor Lupton 31 Creative Director N/A Not engaged
Ryan Martin 29 Automotive Sales N/A Not engaged
Alyson Costa 36 Pediatric Nurse and Client Relations Director N/A Not engaged
Andy Rickert 30 Welder N/A Not engaged
Briana Holmes 24 CEO of nonprofit and Web Designer N/A Not engaged
Kenneth Smith 36 Master Barber & Shop Owner N/A Not engaged
Ebony Alexis 30 Journalist N/A Not engaged
Jon Smith 38 CEO, Storm Restoration Service N/A Not engaged
India Bridgeforth 29 Project Manager N/A Not engaged
Mikey Cobb 31 Business Analyst N/A Not engaged
Kay Mitchell 30 Administrative Director N/A Not engaged
Lillie Williams 36 CEO of PR agency N/A Not engaged


  1. ^ a b This relationship and engagement was not aired in the final cut, but was confirmed by the series creator, Chris Coelen.[2][22]


On January 30, 2020, it was announced that Love Is Blind would be released across three weeks. The first five episodes were released on February 13, with four episodes the following week. The finale was released on February 27, 2020.[3] A reunion episode was released on March 5 on Netflix and YouTube. A 3-part companion piece entitled "After The Altar" was released on July 28, 2021.

Love Is Blind season 1 episodes
No. in
Title [3]Original air date [3]
Week 1
11"Is Love Blind?"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
22"Will You Marry Me?"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
33"First Night Together"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
44"Couples Retreat"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
55"Last Night in Paradise"February 13, 2020 (2020-02-13)
Week 2
66"Moving in Together"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
77"Meet the Parents"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
88"Countdown to I Do's"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
99"Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties"February 20, 2020 (2020-02-20)
Week 3
1010"The Weddings"February 27, 2020 (2020-02-27)
1111"The Reunion"March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)
After The Altar
1212"After The Altar: Two Years Later"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
1313"After The Altar: Married, Single, and It's Complicated"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)
1414"After The Altar: Celebrations and Confrontations"July 28, 2021 (2021-07-28)



Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 9, 2018, and lasted 38 days up until the weddings. The couples met face-to-face on October 19.[23] The ten days in the pods were shot at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.[24] Then, after the newly engaged couples left the pods, filming took place at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, when all the couples went on a retreat. The relationships that made it through the retreat in Mexico move in together in an apartment complex.[25] After the retreat, the couples headed back to Atlanta to the Spectrum on Spring apartment building, where they spent the rest of the time filming up until the weddings.[26][27] The weddings took place at two event spaces called Flourish Atlanta[27] and The Estate[28] on November 15.


The trailer for Love Is Blind was released on January 30, 2020.[29] With the trailer, it was announced that the ten-episode series would be released on a three-week schedule: the first five episodes were released on February 13, 2020, the next four on February 20, and the finale on February 27.[3]

On February 26, 2020, Netflix announced a reunion special available on YouTube on March 5.[5]

Unaired engagementsEdit

A total of eight couples got engaged among the participants. In addition to the six couples shown on the series, couples Westley Baer and Lexie Skipper and Rory Newbrough and Danielle Drouin also got engaged in the show. Newbrough told People, "As we were preparing to go to the Mexico trip, the leads of the show came in and said, 'Hey, we were expecting maybe one or two [engagements]. The shows we've done before, we've never had this much success. We prepared for five. Then we got eight engagements, so we had to pick who we were going to follow.' We got our phones back. They thanked us graciously and said, 'Sorry, we just don’t have enough to cover everybody.'"[22]

After getting engaged in the pods, Baer and Skipper continued to date for three months before breaking up. Newbrough and Drouin took a week-long trip to Miami together after getting engaged. They broke up after returning from the trip and Drouin decided to pursue a relationship with another participant on the show, Matt Thomas. Thomas and Drouin later split as well.[22]



During the week of the finale, Love Is Blind became Netflix's number-one trending program,[30][31][32] likely due to large scale stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[33] Netflix recorded that Love Is Blind had delivered 1.5 million viewers for the first five episodes, 1.3 million for the next four episodes, and 829,000 for the finale episode in its first full week.[34] As of January 21, 2022, the reunion episode had been viewed by over 1.9 million viewers on YouTube alone.[35] At their Q1 meeting in April 2020, Netflix reported 30 million households had watched the series.[36]

On March 24, 2020, Love Is Blind was renewed for a second and third season.[6][7]

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 74% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 5.75/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Addictive, but problematic, Love Is Blind is undoubtedly an intoxicating binge, but its version of romance often comes off more toxic than aspirational."[37] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 62 out of 100 based on nine critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[38]

Tricia Crimmins of Mashable reviewed the first five episodes of Love Is Blind following their initial release on February 13. Comparing it to The Bachelor, Crimmins called the series "the bizarre reality TV experiment you've been craving". She comments that you never know what the couples will do next, even down to the altar at the wedding, making the series "harmless, entertaining, and satisfying."[25]

Lucy Mangan of The Guardian gave Love Is Blind a rating of 2 out of 5 stars, calling it toxic, revolting, but extremely addictive. She says that Love Is Blind is the final nail in the coffin of humanity; however, in terms of reality television, she states that it is good because it "exploits emotional frailties, profaning the sacred, making the private and precious public and worthless and turning it into voyeuristic ratings-bait." Despite all of this, she recommends the show as a casual reality television binge, similar to The Bachelor.[39]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly called the series "intensely tragic yet riveting." She criticized the series, saying that the first four episodes in the pods feel new and fresh, but once the engaged couples enter the real world, it feels like just another bad dating reality television show. Baldwin also called it depressing, citing the contestants always saying, "If I don't get married now, I never will." Overall, Baldwin gave Love Is Blind a C+ rating.[40]

Writing in Skeptical Inquirer Craig Foster and Minjung Park raised concerns about the way in which the programme poses hypotheses and then conducts experiments with small sample sizes of participants who are not assigned to either an experimental or a control group. This does not allow a genuine examination of the independent variable and poses a problem if social scientists want to test the suppositions because they would be constrained by ethical considerations if they attempted to recreate anything like the show. The article concluded that while the show can be enjoyed as reality television that dramatises relationships, it is "important to recognize that real science involves a careful and ethical process conducted by experts who scrutinize each other’s work.[41]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Structured Reality Program Chris Coelen, Sam Dean, Ally Simpson, Eric Detwiler, Brian Smith, Stefanie Cohen Williams, Brent Gauches and Jeff Keirns Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program Donna Driscoll, Kelly Zack Castillo and Megan Feldman Nominated
People's Choice Awards Reality Show of the Year Love is Blind Nominated
Bingeworthy Show of the Year Nominated

International versionsEdit


  Currently airing
  Upcoming season
  Status unknown
  No longer airing
Country/Region Title Network(s) Host(s)
  Brazil Love Is Blind: Brazil
  Japan Love is Blind: Japan
  • TBA


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External linksEdit

Love Is Blind on Netflix