Nineteen to Twenty Season 1 Review – A Slowly Paced Reality Show Without Any Fire

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: July 12, 2023 (Last updated: April 6, 2024)
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Nineteen to Twenty Season 1 Review
Nineteen to Twenty Season 1 (Credit - Netflix)


An interesting concept with empty characters makes this a chore to sit through.

The concept of Nineteen to Twenty is intriguing because it explores adolescence and how people can change. Going from your teens to your twenties is a big jump that no one prepares you for.

This reality series doesn’t have the fire of other Netflix shows, which is its main problem. The whole purpose of reality shows is to capture the crazy life of the contestants because they have everything happen to them. This felt too scripted, and the cast was not as engaging.

Nineteen to Twenty is pretty straightforward and doesn’t allow that much depth to be created with the cast. Everyone remembers the year they turned twenty and how life-changing that was. You’re out of your teens and slowly becoming an adult. However, you make the same mistakes as you did as a teen, but now there are even more consequences.

In this reality series, a group of young adults share their last week of teens and the first week of their twenties together – experiencing freedom and all the “firsts” of adulthood. The most exciting aspect of this series is that they teach these students life skills, and the main rule here is that they can’t date anyone.

They need to build these relationships without their schooling or general life skills getting in the way. They are in school at nineteen and then switch to a new house on New Year’s Eve at the age of 20, so they experiment with the freedom that comes with adulthood.

They take what they learn and apply it to the real world, which isn’t the real world, because they’re detached from their actual life.

Capturing the transition into adulthood is a smart way to show the drastic change people can go through. Mentally, it’s a big jump because of the responsibility placed on teenagers.

It’s not strong enough to warrant a reality show about the struggles of adulthood and the essential skills one needs. Like the other reality shows on Netflix, it feels like it’s missing a component. It feels empty, and it’s not that good.

Unfortunately, Nineteen to Twenty is not worth the watch because it’s dull. The cast isn’t that interesting, and we have all been through this change. It’s not dramatized like a feature film would be to create an engaging story.

They are just regular students trying to navigate life by undergoing this experiment. They can’t date yet but can do so when they wait a year. It can happen innocently but feels too slow to keep anyone invested.

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