Married At First Sight is an American reality series that premiered its first season on July 8, 2014 on the cable channel FYI (For Your Information). However, in its second season the series began to be simulcast on FYI’s sister station the cable channel A&E (Arts & Entertainment). The series is based on the hit format of a Danish series of the same name Gift Ved Forste Blik. Executive producers include Kathleen Burns (Dirty Jobs and Ghost Hunters), Chris Coelen (Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing), Sam Dean (Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent) and Liz Fine (Parking Wars).
#MarriedFirstSight puts into action the old saying we have all heard ‘don’t put the cart before the horse’. Not only does it put it into action, it does it up in true Hollywood fashion. The series features a very strange and extreme type of experiment involving six willing participants, who are paired up to a complete and utter stranger. This pairing is done by four specialists through a scientific process of matchmaking. The specialists include a clinical psychologist (Dr. Joseph Cilona), a sexologist (Dr. Logan Levkoff), a sociologist (Dr. Pepper Schwartz) and a humanist chaplain (Greg Epstein). The six participating individuals agree at the onset of the season to be legally married to the person that the four specialists pair them up with. The catch is that they do not even lay eyes on one another until they are at the alter getting the marriage done. They have in no way met or spoken until the day an moment they say their ‘I do’s’. Afterwards, they spend their wedding night in a nearby hotel, before officially leaving on their honeymoon. After the honeymoon and returning home, they are required to live together as a married couple for six weeks. After the six weeks they are then free to choose to stay married or file for a divorce. Throughout the process from the pairing of the couples, the wedding day, the honeymoon, and the six weeks that follow the viewer gets a voyeuristic view of how the relationships do or do not progress, along with other relatable moments of these matchmaker marriages.
#MarriedFirstSight shows with a meager rating of 6.6 out of 10 on the IMDB site. As viewers are all too quick to point out, the track record for the matched and married couples on this series is dismal. As of this writing out of nine couples matched and married, only two are reported still together. That is not even a 20% success rate, or as one viewer put it more than an 80% failure rate. One viewer called the show a call back to the days of arranged marriages, with the only difference being these are not forced. But in the same vein many couples do not see each other, as decades gone past, until the actual nuptial vows are exchanged. Another viewer wonders why these couples are so quick to have someone pick their life mates. They are mostly in the their late twenties to early thirties in age, and it is noted that they still have many years ahead of them for marriage. The only conclusion the viewers can draw is that the individuals are in it for one thing and one thing only—the possible notoriety of having participated. It can’t go without mentioning that many people have achieved public attention well after appearing on many of the current reality shows today. A viewer proposes that maybe that is the driving force behind these young people participating in such a ridiculously formulated through back to a more naïve and constraining time in history.
#MFS has just recently started airing the episodes of its current and fourth season. If you would like to catch those current episodes tune in on Tuesday at 7p on cable channel A&E. If you would like to catch up or just binge watch the previous three seasons, you can find them over on Amazon.com for streaming or download. Being that the fourth seasons first episode just premiered recently, there is no official information or talk about the possibility of a fifth season for this series.
How do you think the stay married vs the get divorced ratio will shake out this current season? Do you think they are in it for the notoriety, as a viewer suggested? What do you think the possibilities are of this series being greenlighted for a fifth season?
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