Netflix has given us all sorts of docuseries that glimpse into rarely explored worlds. Cheer taught us about the highly competitive world of cheerleading. Love on the Spectrum melted all of our hearts with its hopeless romantics on the autism spectrum. Indian Matchmaking dove into the realm of modern day matchmaking. Now Deaf U is here with an exploration into the deaf community you absolutely won’t want to miss. Why? Because Deaf U is unapologetically one of the horniest, most dramatic, and wildest reality shows of 2020.
The eight-episode series follows a group of friends who all attend Gallaudet University. The small private university is located in Washington, D.C., and is one of the few universities that caters to the deaf and hard of hearing. If you want to learn about deaf culture, the docuseries serves as a great guide. Students spill on the deaf elite, colleagues whose families who have been deaf four or five generations and who have always grown up in deaf-friendly households and schools. There are also a thousand little ways the lives of these students are different from their hearing peers, from having to switch between bedroom talk and cuddling to rearranging the furniture to better understand each other. After this series you’ll never be able to set a bottle down on a table without wondering whether or not you’re being deaf friendly.
These insights are interesting and enlightening. But that’s not what makes Deaf U great. It’s through its horniness that Deaf U excels.
Right away the docuseries starts off with one of its stars, Dequan, asking out his friend Raelyn through a window. It then quickly transitions to the bisexual Renate explaining why Gallaudet’s girls are the hottest around and why its guys suck at giving women orgasms. Those two back-to-back interviews truly establish everything you need to know about Deaf U. This is a show all about college kids who want to hook up, and they’re going to do it with anyone who’s available and into them. In this community, that’s a long list.
And then there’s the gossip. Partially because Gallaudet is such a small school, partially because gossip is said in the series to be a big part of the deaf community, everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. When they’re not causing their own drama they’re gossiping about someone else’s. These secrets aren’t small either. We’re talking about hidden abortions, impassioned arguments, and hooking up with best friends. When you’re in college that’s about as real as it gets.
It takes roughly 30 seconds before you forget Deaf U is about, well, a deaf university. By the time you’re a minute in, you’re so wrapped up in the messiness of average American college students that aspect of their lives completely fades away. Maybe that’s the point of highlighting so much social and emotional messiness. But damn, it makes for some great television.
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