Coming Out Colton (2021) Review: The Historic LGBTQ+ Story Of a Bachelor Alumni

Netflix’s new documentary, reality series Coming Out Colton is based on the stepping out of the closet story of Colton Underwood, a Bachelor Nation star. The series documents Underwood’s journey of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and accepting his identity along with his family and friends. The mini-series has six episodes with an approx 30 to 40 minutes of runtime. The cast essentially features Colton and along with him, his family, friends and others.

– Coming Out Colton review does not contain spoilers –

Coming Out Colton: A New Life

Colton Underwood, born January 26, 1992, is a former professional football (NFL) player who became known to us when he first appeared on The Bachelorette. Born up in Illinois State, the cute and shy contestant was introduced to us during the 14th season of The Bachelorette featuring Becca Kufrin (a top contestant of Arie Luyendyk Jr’s 22nd season of The Bachelor). Even though he could not make it to the end, we got to see him again in the 23rd season of The Bachelor, which was dedicated to him.

In Colton’s season of The Bachelor, the football star picked Cassie Randolph at the end of the show, not by proposing like most times we see in the franchise but, by simply accepting her final rose. Cassie and Colton dated openly for a year before they announced their break-up in 2020. Almost a year later in 2021, Colton Underwood came out as gay creating history which makes him the first lead in the Bachelor franchise history to identify as gay. This series puts us beside Colton as he embarks on this journey and embraces his new life.

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Each episode is titled according to the premise it tells about Colton’s interaction with the people around him. In the first episode titled “Family” Colton opens up to his mother about his identity which is followed by the episode “Football” where the former NFL player talks about being gay to his high school coach and other former NFL players- Michael Sam, David Kopay Esera Tuaolo (who in turn share their stories as gay athletes). The next two episodes put pressure on our protagonist when he faces his friends and The Church.

Episode five titled “Public” marks the time of Colton Underwood’s big reveal on television and a segment where he visits the historic Stonewall with his father and Gus. The last episode of Coming Out Colton marks a reflective process for the star as he revisits his past choices and their consequences, ultimately turning to his family and mentors for support and healing.

Coming Out Colton Season 1: Final Verdict

The series is candid and truly shows Colton’s struggles of coming to terms with who he is and shows how the people around him react to the new news. Having said that, the journey seems to be told from a rather privileged point of view and it could be difficult for the majority of the LGBTQ+ community to relate to. It surely lacks depth and offers very little when looked at in form of a documentary series.

But, as this is the start of Underwood’s new journey to begin a new life, the series needs to be respectfully perceived for the upliftment of the gay community as a whole. You can watch the first season of Coming Out Colton now streaming on Netflix.

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Coming Out Colton is a miniseries about Colton Underwood's public revelation about being gay and what follows next.

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