There are times when we watch reality TV shows just for the train wreck effect -- the inability to look away from otherwise unappealing characters because they just keep shocking you.
The train wreck effect is what makes it so hard to ignore Love is Blind, the new gay dating show that will premiere this Valentine's Day on Dekkoo, a LGBT streaming service.
Love is Blind is a short reality series where cameras follow New York City-area gay men on blind dates. The men are given "sexy" (but mostly awkward) activities to do, and typically end their dates at a night club.
Even if you're in a relationship, this show gives you the opportunity to relive all of the horrors of an ill-advised blind date.
The series is hosted by Mike Kelton, who is supposed to be "charming cheeky" but mostly comes across as mean.
Kelton pops in throughout each episode to make snide comments and reiterate how painfully awkward these blind dates are.
The most cringe-worthy match appears in episode two, "Mikey and Dearl," where the would-be couple quickly finds out that they are incompatible and spend the rest of the day sniping at each other.
Mikey is a somewhat shy guy who has been celibate for a year, whereas Dearl is a vapid self-described "label whore" who is quick to take offense to Mikey's comments. The tension between the pair makes the episode feel more like a hostage situation than a date.
The other dates involving compatible guys are slightly less interesting. For example, hot bartenders Gil and Danny (episode 7) spend most of their date giggling nervously while body painting each other.
Nick and Steve (episode 1) similarly turn into giggling teenagers while taking wrestling lessons that seem to go on for way too long.
Each episode of Love is Blind is pretty short, so it's possible to binge watch the entire first season in a couple of hours.
This is the second original series to be produced by Dekkoo, (pronounced "DECK-koo"), which is essentially "Netflix for gay men."
Like most mainstream gay media, many of the shows on Dekkoo trend young and white. However there are several shows that feature minority actors and sections for "cross-cultural romance" and "international" films.
Dekkoo is available at Dekkoo.com, iTunes, Google Play, AppleTV, Roku, and Amazon's Dekkoo Channel.