‘Coming Out Colton’ review: ‘The Bachelor’ alum Colton Underwood shares his coming-out journey in a Netflix docuseries

The series especially follows Underwood throughout the run-up to the “Good Morning America” interview in which he exposed that he’s gay, recording a duration in which he worries about how his moms and dads, brother or sisters, previous high-school football coach and others closest to him will get the news prior to informing the public.

In a traditional example of reality-TV gimmickry, a few of those exchanges unfold after Underwood reveals his stress and anxiety about the preservation, then end on cliffhangers, such as they are, leading into the next episode.

Still, sharing his reality with household is simply part of the program, and as with “I Am Cait,” the manufacturers turn Underwood’s experience into a little bit of a guide on LGBTQ history, organizing on-camera conferences with other football gamers who have actually come out — in the majority of circumstances after their playing days — and utilizing Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy as Underwood’s guide into the gay neighborhood, consisting of a see to the historical Stonewall Inn as part of his individual research study task.

As Underwood notes, his presence has actually been a mass of viewed contradictions that triggered him to keep who he is secret. Issues about how others would respond notified his choice to go on “The Bachelor,” and his functions as a football gamer (“my second family,” he states) and devout Christian even more complex concerning terms with his real self.

The primary issue with “Coming Out Colton” is that virtually everybody else peripherally included in the program — consisting of Kenworthy and Michael Sam, who came out prior to the NFL draft in 2014 — has a story that’s at least as fascinating, and typically more attentively articulated, than the program’s apparent lead character.

Underwood, now 29, supplies an apparent service in utilizing his profile to highlight these concerns, resolving ideas of suicide and the requirement to discover aid along with homophobia he experienced in football locker spaces, which added to his choice to stay closeted. Yet the program likewise succumbs to the peculiarities of truth television, from the awkwardness of performing conversations in front of video cameras to the notably produced efforts to construct stress around these scenarios.

On the plus side, if Underwood’s story assists one kid fumbling with comparable doubts and apprehensions there’s plainly an advantage to that. And a couple of really touching minutes emerge, consisting of Underwood’s interactions with his dad, Scott, as a source of love and assistance. (To name a few things, daddy has the common sense to recommend him to stop taking a look at Twitter.)

“Coming Out Colton” makes the point that Underwood’s story could not be totally done justice in one morning-show interview. However, as is often real in this category, broadening that into a six-episode series seems like a little bit of a stretch.

“Coming Out Colton” premieres Dec. 3 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.