Down for Love Season 1 Review – a dating show with a difference

By Romey Norton
Published: August 11, 2023 (Last updated: August 23, 2023)
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2023 Netflix dating reality series Down for Love Season 1 Review


An inspiring journey for individuals with Down Syndrome looking for everlasting love. Wholesome and heartwarming.

Here is our review of the 2023 Netflix dating reality series Down for Love Season 1, released on August 11th, 2023. 

The title might be a little on the nose, but this series is a heartwarming quest for what everyone wants and deserves — love. We’re going down under in this series as we follow several New Zealanders with Down Syndrome looking to meet someone and share their lives with, as well as the complexities of being in a relationship.

Each of us wants to find someone to love and make a life with. It’s in our nature. People with Down Syndrome are no different, and let’s face it, the dating game is getting harder and harder for people with everything being online and everyone being treated as replaceable.

There is a downer on dating at the moment, and this series completely lifted my spirits, as it’s sweet to see a show that wants to showcase love in its unique way.

Down for Love Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

There are five episodes, and each one is roughly thirty minutes, making it a quick binge or something easy to watch during your lunch hour or before bed. While it’s not intentionally funny, sometimes this show cracks me up.

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There’s a unique honesty about each singleton, and their blunt responses and facial expressions made me laugh out loud. Dating shows can always feel scripted, contrived, and made for entertainment rather than people wanting to find and make a genuine connection. This series is not like that. 

While this show might not be groundbreaking, at its heart, it’s showcasing diversity and how we all equally deserve love. It is breaking down stereotypes and promoting diversity, which is always something to be celebrated. 

The premise is simple: In each episode, we see two people dating, making choices about their relationships and futures. It’s not all a bed of roses, some conversations aren’t easy, but they’re real.

Not everyone gets on, and some hearts are broken. There are interviews with family and friends, which are all so positive, but they aren’t afraid to share the hard times as well. There is also a look into a relationship coach who helps people with Down Syndrome learn how to date. 

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I was really rooting for some people in this series, and I am not afraid to say that. At times it brought tears to my eyes.

Is Down for Love Season 1 good or bad?

It’s good — if you’re looking for a wholesome dating series with no games or cash prizes but genuine people looking for love, then this is the show for you.

Is Down for Love Season 1 worth watching?

Yes — for a dating series, it’s a great watch. There’s no drama or game-playing, it’s simple in its content, but that’s comforting and not taxing as a viewer. It’s sweet and seriously worth giving a try if you’re into dating/reality TV.

What did you think of the 2023 Netflix reality series Down for Love Season 1? Comment below.

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