After the season finale of the Bachelor in Paradise, I have been incredibly bored and un-entertained by any shows on TV. I used to be a big fan of the Real Housewives and anything on Bravo, but I haven’t been able to get into any of the new seasons, plus watching a bunch of middle-aged, plasticized, entitled bimbos fighting and throwing wine at each other gets old after a while. Aside from the presidential election debates (more entertaining than any Real Housewives series), my reality tv fix has not been met…until I discovered 90 Day Fiance on TLC. If you are looking for a reality show with as many trainwrecks as Bachelor in Paradise, this is your show.
I was flipping through the channels recently and settled on watching “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC, despite the internal panic and anxiety that show causes me, also reminding me of my relationship status: single and my 25th birthday, which is rapidly approaching. I also like to have a show playing in the background that doesn’t require much thought or attention while I scroll through my phone at the end of the day. Once the show ended, an episode of 90 Day Fiance aired and I couldn’t help but put down my phone and immerse myself in the trainwreck that was happening right before my eyes.
The premise of the show, which has apparently been around for four seasons, is to document the lives of real-life couples who are dating people from outside of the country. Most of the foreigners end up coming to the US on a K-1 visa, which is issued to couples who are engaged and requires the foreigner to marry their partner within 90 days or else they must return back to their country. TLC follows 5 couples who are engaged and hoping to find happiness and marry by the 90 day period. Most of the couples met via online dating sites and a some had not even met in person before filming, which is always a red flag, especially since they are “engaged”.
Nicole and Azan
Nicole and Azan are one of the more entertaining couples on the show. Nicole is from Florida and met Azan online, who lives in Morocco. Before filming, Nicole and Azan had never met in person. And although I do not think Nicole catfished Azan (they facetime and skyped regularly), I do believe he was not fully aware of her larger body shape before they met. Nicole is 22 years old and has a daughter from a previous relationship. Azan is an attractive 24 year old man living in Morocco and proposed to Nicole before even meeting her in person. Nicole decides to go visit him in Morocco before they make the decision on Azan moving to the US for good. Nicole is probably the stereotype that many foreigners associate Americans to be like: overweight, ignorant, fast-food lover, and dumb. Nicole also happens to need constant affection and is clingy AF, which will surely cause a stir in Morocco, where PDA in public is discouraged. Nicole arrives in Morocco not knowing anything about the Islamic culture, expecting it to be just like America. Her parents are concerned that the relationship between them is too good to be true and that she will be left brokenhearted when he sees her in person. Azan’s first glimpse at Nicole when he meets her in the airport is troubling. He admits he did not expect her to be so big. However, he seems to truly have feelings for her, despite her unattractive appearance. I will keep you posted on how the next few episodes play out with this odd couple. All I can say is it is VERY entertaining.
Jorge and Anfisa
Jorge and Anfisa are probably the most controversial couple of the season. Jorge is a heavy-set 26 year old living in Los Angeles and works for a company that provides medical marijuana, He claims to make 6-figures and believes his business will become even more successful when marijuana laws become less strict. Anfisa is a Russian 20 year old who is drawn to Jorge for one thing and one thing only: money. She is a beautiful, flashy girl who caught Jorge’s eyes on Facebook. Although the couple had met in person prior to filming, it appears that the reason why she ever gave him a chance was for free ride to luxurious resorts around the world. Anfisa is incredibly manipulative but Jorge is so blindly in love with her that he fails to recognize the obvious: she’s a gold digger. The first episode shows Anfisa throwing a fit and refusing to come to the US because he will not buy her the $10,000 Chanel purse she wants. After a dramatic series of events, Anfisa finally arrives to the US for Jorge. Jorge’s family are obviously very concerned about him being taken advantage of her and do not approve of the relationship. And although there are some scenes where they do appear to be affectionate towards each other, most of the time Anfisa is scheming for her next expensive purchase while Jorge helplessly complies to her excessive demands. She even asks him for a $10,000 monthly allowance. Not to mention, she tries to get him to buy her a $45,000 wedding dress in one of the later episodes. Stay tuned for more dysfunction from this “couple”.
The Other Couples
There are 3 more couples that appear on the show. Chantel and Pedro, Alla and Matt, and Narkyia and Olulowo. Chantel and Pedro have a huge language barrier between them, which causes issues and miscommunication. Also, her parents are highly critical of Pedro and think he is with Chantel for all the wrong reasons. Alla is another mail-order-bride who genuinely seems to care about Matt, despite the fact he’s been married three times before. Alla brings her young son with her to the US to live with Matt. Matt’s family are also concerned with Alla’s full intentions on relocating to the US. Narkyia and Olulowo are another couple who have never met in person. Olulowo “catfished” Narkyia by lying about living in Alabama, when he was actually in Vietnam. Her friends and family are worried that he has been hiding even more lies from Narkyia. I will follow-up on each of their love journeys as I continue watching the show, which I highly recommend!
I definitely suggest tuning into this show, every Sunday at 9pm EST on TLC. You won’t regret it. Stay tuned for more on reality tv and entertainment.