The same could be said for the movie and TV industry. Part of what makes Partner Track an interesting watch is that these kinds of glossy Hallmark Channel-lite shows of a woman pushing against the work status quo mixed with a campy love story and hunky romantic interest (or two) have been typically led by white women. We’ve watched 90210’s Jessica Lowndes play a matchmaker who finds love of her own with a childhood friend, Rachael Leigh Cook return to her family’s inn to help plan a Christmas party (and fall in love), and Victoria Justice travel to the Australian outback in order to kick start her career in the wine selling business (and, of course, fall in love). And it’s also part of why I feel so conflicted — because Partner Track isn’t very good. And the thing is, like Netflix movies like Love in the Villa and Resort to Love, I don’t necessarily think it’s meant to be winning any awards. Instead these titles are meant to be a feel-good escape; a few hours of time when you can just turn off your brain and enjoy people falling in love.

White actresses like Lucy Hale (A Nice Girl Like You), Emma Roberts (Holidate), and Justice (A Perfect Pairing) have made their careers off of titles like Partner Track, but when actresses of color like Cho, Christina Milian, and Kat Graham lean into them, as is their right, it feels like both a win and a letdown. It’s a complicated and unfair reaction that’s based on decades of pressure and expectations that when actresses of color do make it as a lead, they should be turning out Oscar-winning performances, because they need to do the most to earn their spot, regardless of the material they’re given or the point of the actual show. And it’s a knee-jerk reaction that’s not helping anyone, least of all actors and creators of color.

Partner Track is far from the first and definitely won’t be the last show or movie that doesn’t do it for me, for a host of reasons. While the show makes an attempt at talking about race in dating, it ends up feeling more like a throwaway check mark off their to-do list; the main romantic interest is toxic with a capital T, and the writing is pretty cheesy (of course, what’s “good” and “not good” is entirely subjective). But it is one of a few shows that, when I saw the trailer, I initially groaned then crossed my fingers and hoped it would be good. 

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