Good news, "Indian Matchmaking" fans: the show is coming back for another season! The Netflix dating series, which premiered in July 2020, dives into the intersection of arranged marriages and matchmaking in Indian American culture. Bombay's highly esteemed matchmaker Sima Taparia isn't only the show's host but also weaves her millennial singles through a detailed search in the hopes of finding their perfect match.
"This is an ongoing cycle of life for our community and for Sima, specifically. She's going to continue doing this work, on camera and off. The story continues," series creator Smriti Mundhra previously told OprahMag.com. Season one of "Indian Matchmaking" concluded with some loose threads, with Mundhra hinting that the ending was an intentional nod asking Netflix for another season. On Aug. 9, 2021, Mundhra finally got her answer, as not only did Netflix announce its largest casting call yet, but it also revealed that "Indian Matchmaking" had been renewed for a second season.
Season two is set to premiere on Aug. 10 with eight new episodes. According to Netflix, "this season, Sima will manage more expectations than ever before from clients, old and new - with wishlists ranging from man-buns, to an 'ovo-lacto-semi-vegetarian' diet, to a shared love of Taco Bell. Drawing from her decades of experience, insightful intuition and traditional methods, Sima strives to help some lucky singles find their destinies!"
The eight-episode first season stretched across both the US and India, as Taparia paired her eligible clients based off their career ambitions, personality, astrological compatibility, and family dynamics. Of course, sifting through the expectations of her clients and, more importantly, their parents was a hot topic of conversation throughout the show. Looking ahead, Mundhra is already finding ways she can help improve the show, the biggest being with portraying diversity within the cast. "We have people from different religious backgrounds, different social economic backgrounds, different ideological backgrounds. I wanted the show to represent different aspects of the diaspora - not only one lens," she said.
The modern-era matchmaking series is a refreshing new spin for the reality-TV dating market, and Netflix's announcement has us keeping our fingers crossed that we'll be seeing a lot more of Taparia and her eligible clients in seasons to come.