The show has one of the most atypical release schedules on TV: what nights is Love Island USA on, exactly?
Having debuted on Tuesday, July 18 on Peacock, Love Island USA season 5 welcomed a brand-new cast of Islanders to a luxurious villa (where was Love Island USA filmed? Take a look at the stunning new digs) for yet another round of coupling, recoupling and relationship drama, with host Sarah Hyland back to guide the romantic proceedings and deliver those twists and turns.
But unlike fellow reality dating shows like Love is Blind and Too Hot to Handle, which air once per week, the American version of Love Island follows the British original in churning out multiple episodes weekly. So you don't miss a single moment of the hook-ups and heartbreaks, here's intel for not only how to watch Love Island USA season 5, but when. Mark those calendars accordingly!
What nights is 'Love Island USA' on? When to tune in:
Love Island USA season 5 will air hourlong new episodes six nights per week, from Thursday through Tuesday.
However, given that the season premiere debuted on a Tuesday—July 18, specifically—that means that during the first week, there will be daily episodes until Tuesday, July 25. The show will then skip Wednesday, July 26 and pick up on July 27 with its usual Thursday-through-Tuesday release schedule until the end of the season. If going by tradition, Saturday episodes will be "Unseen Bits" editions.
Here's a handy breakdown of the episode release schedule for your reference:
How many episodes in total can we expect from the fifth season? Well, we know that the contestants will be participating in the dating experiment for six weeks, so we can safely presume that the show will go on through the end of August. If it goes six episodes a week for six weeks, plus that pumped-up premiere week, that will put us at a count between 36 and 40 episodes.
- Episodes 1-8: Tuesday, July 18 to Tuesday, July 25
- Episodes 9-14: Thursday, July 26 to Tuesday, August 1
- Episodes 15-20: Thursday, August 3 to Tuesday, August 8
- Episodes 21-26: Thursday, August 10 to Tuesday, August 15
- Episodes 27-32: Thursday, August 17 to Tuesday, August 22
- Episodes 33-38: Thursday, August 24 to Tuesday, August 29
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What time does 'Love Island USA' air on Peacock?
You can tune in to all of the villa madness on Love Island USA season 5 at 9pm Eastern Time (or 6pm Pacific) on Peacock.
That means you will need a Peacock subscription if you want to watch the show stateside. Current plans include the commercial-supported Premium plan for $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year) and the ad-free Premium Plus plan for $11.99 monthly (or $119.99 annually).
Who is in the 'Love Island USA' season 5 cast?
This summer’s season features ten fresh-faced Islanders. (Want to get to know them even better? Here's where to follow the Love Island USA season 5 cast on Instagram.)
- Anna Kurdys, 22
- Carsten “Bergie” Bergersen, 23
- Destiny Davis, 27
- Jasmine Sklavanitis, 24
- Kassy Castillo, 22
- Keenan Anunay, 23
- Leonardo Dionicio, 21
- Marco Donatelli, 22
- Vickala “Kay Kay” Gray, 25
- Victor Gonzalez, 28
And if new Islanders isn't exciting enough, there's a little Vanderpump Rules crossover this season: yes, Ariana Madix makes a Love Island USA cameo!
Catch Love Island USA season 5 on Peacock beginning at 9pm Eastern every Thursday through Tuesday.
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