This review for the Amazon reality series The One That Got Away (2022) season 1 contains no spoilers.
If you’re looking for a fun new reality TV show to watch, this is the one. The one that got away offers a new premise for a dating show in which contestants reunite with people from their past with whom they have a missed connection. It offers something a little closer to the dating that happens in the real world than other shows, simply bringing people together and letting them go on dates.
Six main contestants hope to find true love. The diversity of these six — and the people who hang out with them — is impressive compared to other dating shows. Notably, one of the contestants is a gay man, and one of the best things about the premise is that it allows people of different sexualities to be together on the show. I’d love to see more diversity represented if more seasons are made, but it’s definitely a great place to start.
There’s also a lot of variety in the contestants’ stories. Alyssa is a model who finds it difficult to date someone. Vince is a lawyer who was in a long-term relationship and thinks he may have missed “that one” because of it. Jeff is a travel blogger who didn’t date until he was twenty-one and knows his sexual repression has kept him from pursuing relationships.
At first, the show has less drama than others of the genre; there is less competition because the main competitors are not opposed to each other. But things are heating up as more dates are brought in through “the portal” and have to deal with the idea that the person they came for is dating multiple people. Sometimes it can be awkward when there’s no spark or the main contestant isn’t thrilled to see someone showing up for them.
One of the best things about the show is the camaraderie formed between the contestants living together in a house, waiting to be called on a date. Seeing how much they really care about each other and how sad they are when someone is sent home makes them more endearing.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t juicy drama — because there certainly is. While the dates, from boat rides to grape treading, are idyllic, there is also a lot of tension between the main competitors and those who are there to date them as each set struggles to see from the perspective of the other. A group-wide pool party proves explosive, as does one of the main competitor’s wandering eyes.
If you like looking at the reality of dating and are fascinated by unconventional ways to find your soulmate, but are tired of the classics like The single person, then you will love it The one that got away. Its creative premise and commitment to casting people who aren’t all alike sets it apart and makes it palatable even to those who might not enjoy typical reality dating.
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You can watch this series with a Prime subscription.