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Are You the One?

Are You the One?

  • Premiered: 
    January 21, 2014
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  • Network: MTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Relationship
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Plot Synopsis

In this social experiment in modern love, a group of men and women travel to an island paradise, where they live in the same house as they try to identify their perfect matches. The catch? None of the singles know who their soul mate might be, even though a dating algorithm has already matched the couples based on a rigorous matchmaking process that quantifies compatibility and using a team of professional matchmakers, psychologists, and the participant's family, friends and exes. Throughout the course of the season, each of the potential lovers must uncover the mystery of their soul mate's identity. In addition to getting to know one another socially, the singles undergo weekly tests of physical attraction, personality traits, relationship history assessments and more. During the quest to pick their match, the singles discover that following their heart might feel right, but if the data does not make a match they have to start their search over, leaving budding relationships behind causing tension and despair. At the end of each week, the potential lovers scramble to find who they believe is their perfect match. If all the couples match up with their pre-determined partners within 10 attempts, they will share the $1 million cash prize. In Season 1, 20 singles -- 10 men and 10 women -- lived together in the same house on the Hawaiian island of Kauaia and all correctly paired up with their perfect matches. The show's matchmaking formula proved to be on point as fan-favorite Ethan Diamon proposed to his perfect match, Amber Lee, during the reunion show. In the second season, 21 singles -- 10 men and 11 women -- head to Puerto Rico in the hopes they'd leave their bad relationship habits behind and surrender to their perfect match. In a new twist, an eleventh woman joined the house as a double match for one of the guys, and she would be immediately eliminated from the game if she fails to find her perfect match before her female counterpart matches with her man.

Season 3 premiered on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11pm ET/PT on MTV, and then moved to its regular timeslot -- Wednesdays at 10pm -- the following week. If the singles fail to make at least one true match (known in the game as a "blackout") at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies in Season 3, the group is penalized with the loss of $250,000 -- so in this version of the game, four blackouts means no jackpot. The 20 relationship seekers included 10 women and 10 men.

The fourth season of ARE YOU THE ONE? premiered on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on MTV, featuring a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite. Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.

Season 5 of ARE YOU THE ONE? premiered on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, with host Ryan Devlin welcoming 22 love hopefuls to the Dominican Republic, where they will try to pair up with their pre-selected ideal partner as determined by a rigorous, pre-season matchmaking process carried out by a team of professional relationship gurus and psychologists. With only 10 tries to find the winning combination the love seekers will have to follow their hearts if they want to walk away with love and their share of one million dollars.

The sixth season of ARE YOU THE ONE? premiered on Wednesday, September 20 at 10pm on MTV, one week after the Season 5 finale. Season 6 takes the contestants to New Orleans, LA, where they strive to find their "perfect match" for a share in a million dollar prize.

Season 7 of ARE YOU THE ONE? premiered on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 10pm-Midnight ET/PT on MTV. This season the contestants have one thing in common: dysfunctional relationship habits. With the help of Terrence J., these singles will try to find their pre-selected partners as determined by a rigorous process carried out by a team of professional matchmakers and psychologists. The new "Season of Fate" introduces a "Fate Button." In previous seasons, the contestants were able to go on dates with the person of their choosing by winning challenges. This time, the "Fate Button" will determine which couples will go on dates and ultimately play a role in who enters the "Truth Booth." Contestants will not only have to surrender to the matchmaking process, but also put their faith in fate to find their perfect match.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 9-11pm ET/PT, MTV premiered the eighth season of ARE YOU THE ONE? Hosted by Terrence J, Season 8 is the first sexually fluid reality dating competition show in the United States. The season opens with 16 singles heading off to Hawaii in hopes of finding their "perfect match" and splitting a $1 million cash prize. For the first time ever, all the singles identify as sexually fluid, meaning there are no gender limitations in perfect matches, and finding love is fair game. This season introduces Dr. Frankie, a relationship expert who works with the singles to help them become better daters and navigate between drama, poor choices and reoccurring patterns in relationships. Dr. Frankie also helps the singles identify current disaster-dating trends such as ghosting, benching and stashing, and tests them on their willingness to fall into these painful trends. Host Terrence J. digs deeper with the cast than ever before, helping coach and guide them to tap into their true feelings and follow their hearts. From coming out moments, to discovering sexual and gender identity, the program tells powerful stories about navigating relationships and finding love as a sexually fluid individual for the first time ever on a reality dating show. The cast includes:

Aasha Wells, 22, Miami Beach, FL
Amber Martinez, 23, Yonkers, NY
Basit Shittu, 25, Brooklyn, NY
Brandon Davis, 25, Salt Lake City, UT
Danny Prikazsky, 27, San Jose, CA
Jasmine Olson, 21, Oxford, MS
Jenna Brown, 25, Bloomington, IN
Jonathan Short, 28, Panama City Beach, FL
Justinavery "Justin" Palm, 24, Palmdale, CA
Kai Wes, 26, Chepachet, RI
Kari Snow, 23, East Hanover, NJ
Kylie Smith, 24, Salt Lake City, UT
Max Gentile, 25, Columbus, OH
Nour Fraij, 25, Kenilworth, NJ
Paige Cole, 21, Allen, TX
Remy Duran, 27, New York, NY


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Lighthearted Entertainment


  • (Season 1) - Kauai, Hawaii USA
  • (Season 2) - Puerto Rico USA
  • (Season 6) - New Orleans, Louisiana USA